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Jan 17, 2002, 09:09 PM
Okay, we've had threads bragging about our current computers, we've had threads listing collections of every Apple ever built.
Now it's time to 'fess up: what was the first computer you ever owned?
I warn you, I'm going to set the bar pretty high on this one (or low, depending on your point of view) my first computer was:

a Sinclair ZX81

Jan 17, 2002, 09:19 PM

it was...

soap... poisoning! oops, wrong forum. I thought this was movie quotes.

My First Computer, honest, was the Apple II+

It was a Christmas gift for the family (I have three brothers), but it was addressed ME!! from Santa!!:D :D

It had the "upgraded" memory to a huge 64Kb, and a floppy drive and a non-Apple green screen.

I missed it so much over the past few years that I bought 3 Apple II computers from eBay - an Apple II, Apple II+, and an Apple IIe.

Oh, the days when....

Jan 17, 2002, 09:32 PM
I have been reading this forums for so long, i felt it was time to register.

Well, getting into the topic, my first computer was also a Sinclair, Z80 if I recall correctly. My first Apple computer, an Apple IIe and my first Mac A macintosh 128k in 1985.
The first comptuer that was exclusively mine was the Mac SE that we got in 1987, and that became mine after my brother got married in 1989.
My first COLOR mac was the power mac 6100... oh well, im going well beyond the topic here :D

Jan 17, 2002, 09:34 PM
All-in-one Performa.

Forget wat it waz called... but I remember that I broke the thing... and then we got the Beige G3 Im using now....

Cant wait to get the new iMac!!!


Jan 17, 2002, 09:38 PM
Performa 5200, wasn't that the all in one? It was 5xxx at least, that I remember for sure

Jan 18, 2002, 12:01 AM
The first computer that my family purchased was wayyyyyy back in '78. It was a Toshiba T100 (woohoo) I think it had a whopping 64K of memory. I don't really remember too much, except that it took a lightening hit a few years later, but kept working.

My first Mac system (that I paid good $$ for) was a Power Computing Power Center Pro 210. I upgraded as much as I could, and used it for over 3 years before finally selling it and going with my first laptop. I sold that to get a newer one, then sold the newer one to get my TiBook (500MHz/ rev A). Somewhere in that mix, I picked up my current G4 500MHz tower.

That very first computer (back in '78) got me seriously interested in computers, and I have been with them ever since. I was introduced to the Mac at college in 88 and fell in love with them. Any real/serious work that I do, gets done on a Mac.

Jan 18, 2002, 12:10 AM
commodore 64 baby!! yeah!! Twin disk drives, color monitor and Panasonic KXP-1180 dot matrix printer. (don't ask me how I remember the model number of my printer. I just do!)


Jan 18, 2002, 12:25 AM
Commodore 64 w/color monitor and dual tape drive. Followed very shortly by a Mac Plus which eventually was upgraded to 4MB RAM and 100MB hard drive, with an internal and external floppy, plus a Imagewriter Plus. Followed fairly quickly by a Mac Cl***ic Color, then a PB 540c. Oh, then I sold that, got a almost new 7500, and have used that since, upgrading it constantly. Now also run an 8200/120, a 400Mhz G4 tower and a PB Ti 500. Fun, fun, never owned a PC!

Jan 18, 2002, 01:24 AM
That was the first I was able to use in my family. (I was not yet one) and then we went to ythe Mac 128k the first one I owned personaly was a Mac Plus.

Jan 18, 2002, 02:31 AM
My first computer was a 286 Hyundai with a 40 mb of hard drive space and 512 KILObytes of RAM. I now have 1,000 times both of those specs. My mom used Macs at work, and I will now admit that I complained non-stop about buying a Mac cuz my friend down the street who had all the computer games that I was frequently copying had a PC and I thought Macs sucked, but I got a Performa 6115CD while I was in like 7th or 8th grade, and I haven't looked back since. I will also admit that a lot of my pro-mac arguments back then were a lot out of loyalty and wanting to be different and better whether they were true or not, but I now honestly believe that Apple is better to Wintel machines in enough ways that synergystically it is vastly superior.

Jan 18, 2002, 03:23 AM
a watch.

Jan 18, 2002, 04:01 AM

In 1977 I had a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 1, with 4KB RAM and Level 1 BASIC (by Microsoft, no less). Came with horrible graphics on a cheap B&W monitor, no lowercase, and a tape recorder. Back then it was the TRS-80 vs. Apple debate. Guess where that one went...;) My last TRS-80 died in 1985. It was a Model III with 48K RAM and 2 floppy drives.

Back in '77, if I wanted to play a game, I had to write it. That's how I learned to program.

Although I've used Macs since '84, the first Mac I bought was an SE (I waited for internal hard drive capability) in '87, replacing it in '89 with an SE/30, which I still have to this day (for the nostalgia... it needs an overhaul to boot up).

I have since owned a Quadra 700, PowerMac 8500, iMac Grape rev. C, B&W G3, and my trusty iceBook 500.

(I also have my FrankenPC, which I have upgraded piece-by-piece since 1994.)

Jan 18, 2002, 04:31 AM
My first computer was a Philips MSX with - if I remember this correctly - cp/m as the operating system and without a monitor. You could play Pacman or space invaders on a small black&white TV via the antenna input.

The software was on small tapes.

A huge improvement was my first XT with DOS 3.x (mark Datakey) and a amber monitor. Later I got windows 3.1, but then .... I met Apple

Jan 18, 2002, 04:54 AM
Even though I was the first kid in my street to have a computer AT HOME, I also had to suffer the "TRaSh-80" abuse from Mac owners at my school in the 'seventies. The Model I was like a really, really crude version of the original iMac -- if you don't believe me look here: http://www.kjsl.com/trs80/index.html(actually it's more like the Graphite iMac - TRS-80s were Battleship Grey, but the paint chipped off enough to see a more attractive translucent grey plastic underneath). I remember typing ">LOAD MIDWAY" and watching the blinking asterisks in the corner of the screen flash, praying that somehow the info on the c***ette tape would make it into the great hulk's 4K of memory. It sometimes did...

And all those 'amazing' games you could write. Every program beginning ">10 CLS". But I'm sure none of the sophisticates here will care about any of this.

(Still have a 48k Model III that boots -- with my own splash screen)... Stop it!

Jan 18, 2002, 06:47 AM
My first computer at OUR house was an Apple SE which we borrowed for summer e-mail on First Cl***.
Then OUR first Purchased computer was a Performa 6300 CD with an 800MB HD, 100mhz, and 16MB installed.;) After 6 years and thr moniter going cat eyed, I persuaded my parents to buy me an iMac, It is such a big imporvement 700mhz Snow, 512MB and 60GB hardrive. I still Have my performa sitting next to it. Of course when I first had the Performa it was the best in the world, It could play warcraft 2 and that was all that mattered! Now I can play Diablo 2, Starcraft(Which I used on the Performa) and any other game I want. Its hard to believe that Diablo 2 would take up all of my old computers memory.

Peace out!

Jan 18, 2002, 07:06 AM
is it this board of some other force that is preventing posts showing words like


... very annoying.

[OK I previewed the message and I see that it's the board, so I gues I can't say p***, br***, l***, and certainly not *** (as in donkey).

To keep it on topic, my first computer was an Amiga.


Jan 18, 2002, 08:30 AM
My first computer was an Apple IIE Keyboard, CPU, Drive all-in-one with an Amber Zenith Display

Jan 18, 2002, 08:48 AM
The first computer I ever remember USING was an Apple ][, and then an Apple ][e.

The first computer I OWNED was an Apple LC 575. It looked kinda like an iMac. Check out all the Apple's at:


Jan 18, 2002, 08:53 AM
My first big love was an Atari 520ST. 520MB of ram, double side flopy drive, 256 color monitor, internal rom OS, mono sound, one midi in port and one midi out, serial port (for printer, etc). And I guess that was it. 15" monitor.... and 2 botton mouse. The best games ever. The killer aplicatiuon was DegasElite, the grand father of Photoshop.

That was in 1995 i guess, PC's had monocrome screens (black and green) and the Apple IIC was the big thing at that time. I had 236 colors already. Then the Atari 1040ST came out with internal flopy drive and stereo sound, a year later the first Macintosh came out, the good thing was that the word processing software works perfectly with the printer and the graphics were very good and loyal at the time to print, when in PC I had to used a 5 leter combination to used the accents in spanis lenguage like "camión" (truck).

Any way, I miss my Atari :(

Jan 18, 2002, 09:55 AM
In 1979 or 80 my dad was talking about buying a computer for us kids, I started shopping and was looking at the Tandy stuff, at 3k it seemed way overpriced...My dad had this really neats casio calculator/watch/very early pda, it was about one inch wide and 3/8 thick and 4 inches long with a flip up door and a small keyboard. I think he said it cost like 300. I can remember his Texas instrument calculator that us kids couldn't touch because it cost like 150 at the time and this was in the mid 70's.

I still have a slide rule, in case we get hit by a meteor or something

In junior high, the father of a buddy of mine was a programmer and he spent like 10 k on his setup and was working from home.

Another friend got a timex/?sinclair....little all in one keyboard , hook it up to a tape player and a tv.

And when I was in high school we got some Commodore 64s, first time for the entire school. Learned along with the teacher how to program.

I saw and used the first Apple in summer 86 , can't recall the model but it was color and vertical all in one with a floppy under the monitor.

I played with the paint program all the time. It was cool but if I knew now......

Then came college and they had Apple IIs and old 286 and 386.

Learned Basic and Pascal, don't ask me I don't remember any of it.

Been a long succession of crappy pc's until about 3 years ago when I started work for a dept with MACs, bought my first one 2 1/2 years ago I think, G3 400 scsi. Love it still.

Jan 18, 2002, 10:24 AM
The first computer I ever used was an Apple ][ but the first computer my family owned was an LCII. The first computer I ever personally owned was an iMac Rev B... Ahhhh.. memories

Jan 18, 2002, 10:32 AM
Originally posted by shergar
Okay, we've had threads bragging about our current computers, we've had threads listing collections of every Apple ever built.
Now it's time to 'fess up: what was the first computer you ever owned?
I warn you, I'm going to set the bar pretty high on this one (or low, depending on your point of view) my first computer was:

a Sinclair ZX81

I also owned a Sinclair ZX81 but with.....

A 15K Ram extension pack!! Hurrah
we got it from swapping a portable tv.

Jan 18, 2002, 10:38 AM
Motorola Starmax 3000/160

came stock with:
PowerPC 603e @ 160 mhz, 128k cache, 32 MB RAM, 1 MB VRAM, 28k modem
15" Sony Trinitron

it finished off upgraded with:
Sonnet Crescendo L2 G3 upgrade (300 mhz w/1MB cache), 160 MB RAM, ixmicro 8 MB video card in PCI, ethernet, 56k modem

Jan 18, 2002, 11:10 AM
the first computer i used was my dad's computer which was an apple IIe and an apple II+, both bought new and seemed state of the art at the time

but the first computer i bought for myself was a 1996 powercomputing powertowerpro 180mhz with 64 mg ram, 2 gb hard drive, 2 mb vram, and a 15" inch sony monitor

during the big gap of time in between, i used other computers provided by schools and libraries

Jan 18, 2002, 11:22 AM
an Apple ][e, it was great!

Jan 18, 2002, 12:02 PM
why do so many mac users use ][ instead of II when referring to the apple II?

woz does this too

just curious.

Jan 18, 2002, 12:11 PM
imitation is the sincerest form of flattery....

Jan 18, 2002, 12:21 PM
so that is it

hey ,eye, does one more post make you the evilest of the evil and make you an evil eye

Jan 18, 2002, 12:45 PM
My first was an Amiga 500, it had really great games!
First mac was an SE. But I actually got to play with all apples at very young age 'cause my dad worked in a store where they sold apple and I was an example of how easy it was. A 5 year old playing on a mac, how's that for publicity hehe. 15 years later and I finaly have my cube since yesterday.

Jan 18, 2002, 12:46 PM
Amiga 500 with 512k memory upgrade 256 colour monitor, extra external floppy drive (for copying games! tut...tut) Later an upgraded OS rom to the second version of Workbench - what an operating system that was :)

Jan 18, 2002, 01:16 PM
Well i'm only 15, my first mac was the Apple II if i remember back in first grade with those 5 inch floppies. The first computer i owned was an LC 475 with like 18 mb ram or something

Jan 19, 2002, 05:38 AM
yep, just a watch.:D

Jan 19, 2002, 06:00 AM
My first computer was a Sinclair ZX 48k ZX Spectrum with rubber keys. Many hours spent playing Jet Set Willy and Manic Minor.

After saving hard moved on to the Atari 520STFM. Wow 16bits! great computer but all my mates bought Amiga500's so I sold it and got an Amiga. Great games machine.

Then built a 25MHz 486SX PC had that for two years, windows 3.1(ouch) but my sanity was saved by DOOM. Upgraded the board to a Pentium 75Mhz had that for while.

Now running a dual PII400 with 512Mb. Does the job, but I am waiting for new PowerMacs.

I bored with PC's, I wanna an Apple!:)

Jan 19, 2002, 06:07 AM
i feel you.

Jan 19, 2002, 10:31 AM
Originally posted by networkman
so that is it

hey ,eye, does one more post make you the evilest of the evil and make you an evil eye

well according to a lot of people around here....the kewpie baby was evil....

Jan 19, 2002, 01:32 PM

Jan 19, 2002, 01:44 PM

What watch?:rolleyes:

Jan 19, 2002, 01:58 PM
it was one of those digital ones, square, the ones with the calculator, they kept addys, etc. etc...

i dont mean to bore you...sorry

Jan 19, 2002, 02:37 PM
The first family computer:
Dad brought home an Apple ][+, 48k of memory, TWO floppy drives, and a green monochrome monitor. WITH the Apple thermal printer!!

We had a Franklin (Apple ][ clone) for a while as the "kids' computer.

The first computer that I had that was "all my own":
Mac SE, 1MB RAM 20 MB HD, Superdrive. Tetris installed immediately.

Can't wait for a DP G4 1GHZ....

Jan 21, 2002, 08:18 AM
My first computer was a performa 575 in 94, our familys first puter and damn i loved that thing, still have it actually, it done us well lol

Jan 21, 2002, 08:53 AM

I'm the first on the thread to have owned the little known (in America) BBC Microcomputer. With a storming 32k
it was Sinclair's main rival in the UK. It was, however, much better although it was also more expensive. It dominated the education market (sound familiar?) as well.

Despite using the by then ancient 6502, it had an excellent OS including a powerful structured basic on ROM, good
graphics, embedded machine code capability and some advanced features including procedures (as opposed to subroutines), WHILE, UNTIL and ELSE and other high level statements, direct OS calls, a 1 Mgz bus(!), built in networking which could download software from the BBC TV channel, and the TUBE: proprietary technology that allowed a second processor - dual processors in 1982!

It never caught on in the US, partly because the company refused to license the technology. Take heed, Steve!

It did, however, go on to pioneer RISC based computing for the home user, and spawned the ARM processor range, which you will find in a lot of PDAs today.

I use a PowerBook G3 today. A little underspecced but able to do all I require and more. I was thinking of getting a new Mac, but am wary as after the iMac, I suspect there are several more releases to come in the near future, so I don't want to buy a soon to be discontinued model.

Mighty Mac
Jan 21, 2002, 09:15 AM
First computer was a Tandy 1000 with 2 5.25 drives and no hd. We got a upgrade to 64k ram and a mouse that sat on the desk but only worked in ms word for dos. in 83

after that we got a powerbook 165c with color display in 1992-93 now running 7.5.3 word lotus 123 and the batter still lasts an hour, great machine.

Currently iMac DV 400 Blueberry!! (saving for the new iMac) :rolleyes:

me hate windows
Jan 21, 2002, 09:43 AM
An Apple 1
yes, I am not lying. When I was younger my parents got an Apple 1 somewhere. I think it was a friend. It was so cool. We had to make our own case for it, but that didnt matter. Then one fateful day there was a power surge and it burned the poor thing up.:mad: :eek: :confused: :( :(

Jan 21, 2002, 11:16 AM
The first computer I ever used was in 1st grade and it was a Commodore PET with a cassette to load a program. I remember when you had 15 mins for computer time and it took over 10 of it to load a game. Then the girls came over for their time at the computer and you kinda laughed...hehe...and reached behind and turned it off!!!!!hahaha Then our school got Apple IIe's and wow were we happy...talk about fast!!! And I still remember the day I captured "Carmin"! My first Mac that I owned I have right now and that's my iMac DV.

Jan 21, 2002, 11:18 AM
whoops...I think it was spelled "Carmen" oh well...

Jan 21, 2002, 11:30 AM
Commodore 64 and i had a lot of you beat, i had to hook it up to my TV that only got channels 2-13. I think that was circa '82 and the 5 inch floppy was like 35 lbs and the tape (non DAT regular tapes, those are the ones your parents have music on for the young ones!) drive was the only true way to play hitchhikers guide to the galaxy! Ahh the good old days of load *,8,1

Later the IIe, then many moons later the 9200/132 powerPC.

Jan 21, 2002, 11:52 AM
Atari 800 - 1983
48K Ram
tape Drive, added 5 1/4 " Floppy later
and connected to a TV

It was the perfect combo of a computer and a game machine.

1986 I got an Apple IIGS

and than I got converted to the dark side in 1994 with a defective pentium 60 MHz....

my next computer will be an iMac

Jan 21, 2002, 12:00 PM
The Mac 512k was the first one I "owned" (yeah, like a 1.5 yar old can own a computer). I used it for exactly 2 things: Games, and More Games. It doesn't work anymore, but unlike may computers, it had a slow death: for a while before it died, when I turned it on, it would make a sound like a car starting up with a dead battery.

Jan 21, 2002, 12:08 PM
my first computer that was mine was a Mac Plus w/1 mb of ram and system 1.0 whoo-hoo! now im usin a 9600/233 (still trying to recover from paying for it in 97' it was $4,200!)

Jan 21, 2002, 12:10 PM
oh, by the way, that mac plus still runs great!

Jan 21, 2002, 12:43 PM
Apple IIci...OS 8.6 and Quark 4 ran great on that machine...i miss it :(
Then i got a Rev A iMac (still have it)
Now i have a Ti 400

before that my family had some computers that they no longer have...my mom nows has an 897 Tower...

i also have a 4400, 7200, and some flat thing named a Quadra 605...

Jan 21, 2002, 02:18 PM
Mac plus

8 mhz MC68000 processor
4 megs of ram upgraded from 1
2 800k floppy drives (one internal)
hard disk 20 external 20 meg hard drive
imagewriter II dot matrix printer

ahhh the good old days

Jan 21, 2002, 04:19 PM
iMAC DV baby
what a beast