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View Poll Results: What kind of computer did you have at home growing up?
TRS80 0 0%
Atari 0 0%
BBC Micro 1 3.70%
Commodore Vic 20 2 7.41%
Commodore 64/128 0 0%
Commodore Amiga 0 0%
PC - DOS 4 14.81%
PC - DOS + DesqView 0 0%
PC - DOS + MS-Windows 2 7.41%
PC - OS/2 0 0%
PC - Win9x 0 0%
PC - Linux 0 0%
PC - Linux + X-Windows 0 0%
PC - MS-Windows 0 0%
Apple ][ 0 0%
Apple Macintosh 0 0%
Apple iPad/iOS Device 0 0%
Android Device 0 0%
ChromeOS Device 0 0%
Other 5 18.52%
Other 1 3.70%
None 12 44.44%
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Old 10-29-2021, 01:19 PM   #16
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I recall feeling a sense of unconditional excitement about all computers. A color display was especially exciting. The "suck fairy" has waved their magic wand and computers like the Apple IIe and C=64 just don't inspire the same joy they once did. Almost as though it wasn't really about the computer. Perhaps is was the freedom to explore without adult responsibilities, growing up in a loving environment with nary a care in the world. It involved a major glamour and mass hypnotization. Even Internet access used to be exciting but now i see a different attitude; one resembling the Information Society lyric from On The Outside: "It's known that anything is possible but there's nothing worth doing here."
 
Old 10-29-2021, 02:32 PM   #17
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I think we got a (monstrous) TV in 1960 or 61... very few had one as the transmitter net wasn't yet fully established.

Btw. got the first "pc" in 85... an (not in the list) Armstrad CPC 6128 with add-on Silicon 256 kB RAM module and a printer. Those $4000 would get me a nice decent water-cooled system today... sigh.


Oh! from 56. Which should make me much younger than you!
I remember when Dad took me to the radio shop and we got our first television. I was about 4 and just learning to read. I saw a Philco Mantle-top radio and tried to pronounce it P-Hill-ko which caused some chuckles and might have brought the price down slightly. That television had a rather rounded screen, and the people were a bit green rather than white. That was about 1955 or 1956, and televisions were pretty new in that part of the country. Most people were pretty sure that they would never catch on.

Some days I wish those people had been right. ;-)

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Old 10-29-2021, 10:17 PM   #18
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What kinda computer did you have growing up?

When I was 16 I bought my first computer with money I had saved from working on weekends. I had started working at 15 and it took me more than a year.

It was an 80286 clone, running at 12MHz. It had a "turbo" button which would make it run at 16 MHz.

The HDD was a 42Mb Miniscribe IDE. After some time I added a secondary 330Mb HDD.

It had 1Mb RAM, which I later upgraded to 2Mb.

The video card was a Trident VGA with 128kb of memory.

It had a 5.25" floppy drive, and I added a 3.5".

It came with DOS 3.3, which couldn't create a partition of more than 32Mb, so the remaining space was called drive D:... and that's where we kept the games we didn't want Mum to find.

The screen was a 14" capable of 1024x768.

I feel old typing all of this. Geez things have come a long way!
 
Old 10-30-2021, 01:10 PM   #19
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too old

When I was growing up nobody owned a home computer. Computers then were typically octal machines with 8k to 12k memory costing, I believe, in the hundreds of thousand dollars. As an adult the most expensive machine that I ever worked on cost over 2 million dollars and had a megabyte of memory.

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Old 10-31-2021, 09:08 PM   #20
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I bought my first computer at the age of 11, so I basically grew up with mine. It was a standard PC.
 
Old 11-01-2021, 06:55 AM   #21
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My brother bought a ZX Spectrum + (which, for the uninitiated, was the standard 48K spectrum with a better case and keyboard) when I was 8 and, finding he couldn't get it to do what he wanted, passed it on to me. I slowly collected peripherals and games for the next 9 or 10 years and learned some programming skills that I still occasionally use at work.

Eventually my family acquired an old 286 with 21 times the RAM, a somewhat faster clock, and a vastly inferior games ecosystem. We had a CGA card that worked with most of the business-type software we tried, and an EGA card that a lot of games preferred, so I used to swap the cards pretty regularly.
 
Old 11-02-2021, 03:03 PM   #22
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The first computer that I ever owned – and, that I still have, actually – is a motherboard known as the "KIM-1."

However, my family was an original subscriber to Radio-Electronics magazine, in which the very first mention of a "personal" computer ever appeared: the Mark-8.

Lots of other models soon appeared which were equally-tantalizing to a very young kid: Altair, SWTPC, Imsai ...

I was an almost-first subscriber to BYTE Magazine ... (RIP)

- - -

Many years later, I attended the most-unfortunate bankruptcy auction of a computer museum that had operated in the Atlanta, Georgia area. I observed a shuttered and seemingly mostly-ignored box of "miscellaneous electronics" that were in the box, and vainly hoped that nobody else in the room actually recognized what was inside that box. "H-e-h ...(!!)"

The first opening bid beat my fond thoughts by a power of ten ... "yeah, they knew."

- - -

But, still, I consider myself mighty fortunate that "I was there" when my hobby was first inventing itself. And especially: that my "hobby" continues to be both my hobby and my profession to this day. "How lucky is that?"

- - -

"I'm sorry for you. You just had to be there."

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Old 11-02-2021, 03:13 PM   #23
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Fingers and Toes!!
 
Old 11-02-2021, 03:31 PM   #24
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The first time I learned about any sort of computing was a small pocket sized abacus. In fact it really worked quite well till I needed to move up to slide rule and tables.
 
Old 11-04-2021, 12:22 AM   #25
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My brother bought a ZX Spectrum +
Ha, so did mine!
Don't remember if it was "+" though.
That rubber keyboard...
He played it a lot, I was the uninitiated one.
 
Old 11-04-2021, 01:28 AM   #26
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When I was 16 I bought my first computer with money I had saved from working on weekends. I had started working at 15 and it took me more than a year.

It was an 80286 clone, running at 12MHz. It had a "turbo" button which would make it run at 16 MHz.

The HDD was a 42Mb Miniscribe IDE. After some time I added a secondary 330Mb HDD.

It had 1Mb RAM, which I later upgraded to 2Mb.

The video card was a Trident VGA with 128kb of memory.

It had a 5.25" floppy drive, and I added a 3.5".

It came with DOS 3.3, which couldn't create a partition of more than 32Mb, so the remaining space was called drive D:... and that's where we kept the games we didn't want Mum to find.

The screen was a 14" capable of 1024x768.

I feel old typing all of this. Geez things have come a long way!
The hard drive was not IDE it was MFM full height 5.25 inches still have one full machine upstairs in the closet a 286 something. And you had to low level format them yourself the 286 was the first machine I built for me, do not think you were getting that high a resolution either 640x480 or 800x600 would have been typical high end around that time and if really splurging a paper white monitor not one of them green or amber things. The first I touched was the TRS80 at the local Radio Shack the owner used to let us play on it so people would see it being used. That is where I learned to play backgammon the first I bought for myself was a Vic20, then a 8086 not the 8088 it cost more or was it the other way around.... After that came the one I built from parts (286) to save the money on the markup for buying a pre-built machine, never have bought complete one since except the odd laptop here and there. It is all select the parts and build it from scratch for me now for the past thirty-five or so years, how time flies when your having fun.. It was bothering so had to search it was the 8088 which was cheaper and me still being the cheap SOB I am even back then that is the one I would have went for.
 
  


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