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View Poll Results: What was your first personal computer/OS?
MS Windows 9x/NT (and on) 18 8.14%
MS Windows 3.x/MS-DOS 59 26.70%
Linux 0 0%
Apple Mac 10 4.52%
Apple II/e/c/gs 21 9.50%
Commodore Amiga 24 10.86%
TRS-80/Tandy Models 13 5.88%
TI 99/4a 8 3.62%
IBM PC/XT/AT with IBM DOS 20 9.05%
Other 58 26.24%
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Old 07-25-2004, 07:38 PM   #31
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Prissed, thanks for the link to, just had a bunch of enjoyable flashbacks!
Old 07-26-2004, 06:33 PM   #32
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Commodore 64 with the floppy drive (1541?) ShakyJake's post reminded me of those compute magazine programs. Man that was fun!!! I'll never forget doing my first .fli animation and running a bbs in Atlanta.
Still got the machine think I'll pull it out of mothballs and play with it some.
Old 07-26-2004, 11:36 PM   #33
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Originally posted by agiacalone
Really? Before posting this thread, I looked to see if this had already been discussed before. either way, I'm still interested to see what everyone says, and I hope this continues to be a good thread.
Oh yea, I went back and looked, the other one was what is the oldest system you still have or something like that, Sorry.
Old 07-29-2004, 11:18 AM   #34
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I started with DOS, but I didn't know much. Just enough to play games and do some wordprocessing. Then we had win3.11. Don't remember much either, probably only games as well. Then win95, only games. Now I've got a dualboot debian and winME. Since WinME I did more with my pc and it's why I took linux. As soon as I get everything to work in linux I'll remove windows completely if I can (might be some stuff I can't do in any other OS than windows)
Old 07-30-2004, 04:03 PM   #35
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My first OS was the Windows 3.1 followed by Windows 3.1.1, NT, 95.
Then I dual boot between Slackware 96 and Windows 98.

I still remember working DOS in school thought. WordStar was what I used
Old 07-30-2004, 05:16 PM   #36
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We didn't have access to Wordstar, so we hacked a word processor from Compute magasine for the school's single commodore 64 A lotta hours after school with the hex editor
Old 07-31-2004, 11:51 PM   #37
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Started out with the venerable Commodore 64. Loved the fact that you turn the switch on and there is the os.
Old 08-02-2004, 11:15 PM   #38
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@ school - Commodore PET & Acorn BBC Micro
@ home Atari 800
Then onto Commodore 64
From there onto Commodore Amiga
Then some old crappy IBM PC running MS Windows
Present day my custom build p4 box w/various linux/bsd installs
Old 08-02-2004, 11:56 PM   #39
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Hmmm. I used maybe VMS a bit, but the first home PC was something I soldered together with a z80 cpu... I still have it somewhere and it's made of plywood. Had a ROM with the OS and 8k of ram - tho 2 of that was video Added 16k to it later

Went to cp/m after that, a huge 64k ram box! then an intel msdos box with a whopping 256k, later 512k! tho tended to avoid MS where possible and went to DR-DOS and GEM. Used win3.11 (best win OS?) briefly to publish a magazine, tho mostly used ventura on gem, then went to OS/2 through to warp4. Only got a copy of 95 to help other with the crud, and yes I paid for it worse luck. As OS/2 stalled I learned linux od early slack installs and then went to Red Hat 4.2 as the first 'real' install. Looked cool with those early KDE beta's Went to Mandrake from there due to KDE and only bought ME for kids games - waste a waste of money, but it was a good lesson as I will never buy another MS OS. For a while I had tripple boot boxes with win, os/2 and linux.

I don't boot windows at all these days, tho I have a couple of boxes the kids run games on. I use either native games or winex, and run win apps on crossover. Did have win9x running under win4lin for a while to run a couple of apps, but that about as much MS as I bother with.
Old 08-03-2004, 12:02 AM   #40
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I should note that my first PC wasn't actually a kit. It was some really cheap toy computer something like a zx81, but not. It was rubbish, but I chopped it up and added and real keyboard and soldered it all together as the plug in connections were crappy. After that it was okay, tho the text video was about 32x16 characters I think??? I also had to rebuild the printer hardware as the chip they used were wrong and it screwed up. Worked good when I changed a different chip and a resister... These days I wouldn't have a clue what I did... Geez I've forgotten some stuff - like programming
Old 08-03-2004, 03:07 PM   #41
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I got my first computer when I was 7 - a 386DX 40MHz loaded with MS-DOS 5.0. It was a low-end model at the time, since 486DX2 66Mhz was already out and Pentium 60Mhz was on its way. We had Windows 3.1 on it and later attempted to install Windows 95 but then decided to go back

I only started using Linux 11 months ago, using Red Hat 9. Now I use Fedora Core 2 and SUSE 9.1
Old 08-03-2004, 05:09 PM   #42
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My first computer I ever used was a Tandy 1000. My mom on the other hand was fortunate enough to work with one of the early computers that used punch cards and took up a very large separate room. I still have vivid memories of watching my brother play Space Quests I-III on our Tandy 1000. He loved flight sim games too. Our Tandy 1000 had two floppy drives and I don't think we ever upgraded the memory. We had a dot matrix printer too. I think my dad used it to dial into his work, but I'm not sure how he did it. We also had a joystick to go with the computer, but we had to buy an adapter for it as I remember (Tandys used some round joystick port, not like modern ones.).

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Old 08-05-2004, 12:35 AM   #43
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What was the Atari operating system name???....used ValForth on the Atari 800
Old 08-08-2004, 07:08 PM   #44
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Hmm, not to sure on name of OS on Atari 800. I think it was Atari's own proprietary OS (rev. A or B), or XL OS for XL series.

I used to use assembly language, deep blue C & action as programming languages, and along with other documentation/guides, I also have (somewhere!?!) the source code to the Atari 800 OS, that was issued by Atari as a manual!! (beginnings of open source?!?)

This came in very useful for writing OS hacks
Old 08-09-2004, 07:13 AM   #45
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Thanx to this forum i found on which brand i was baptized on, otherwise i would have never thought about it. I think it was IBM PC with PC DOS. I didnt find it interesting coz there wasnt any fun in using it.. more vivid memories are of playing prince on 386 much much later.

and of late.. shifted to linux and having fun...


ibm, msdos

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