What was your first computer?

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  1. Armen, Jul 23, 2014
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    Armen macrumors 604

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    Radio Shack

    Tandy 1000

    128K RAM
    5.25" DD floppy drive
    RGB monitor (8 colors)

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    First few games I had

    King's Quest I (Sierra Games):

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    Dr. J vs Larry Bird One on One (Electronic Arts)
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  2. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    In 1983 I had a Commodore 64 - ONE MHz processor, 64K RAM and NO hard drive. No floppy drive initially. It used a cassette tape for storage. Talk about slow.

    In 1988 I got my first IBM PC clone. It ran at a blazing 90 MHz and had 256K RAM. Initially it had dual 360K floppy drives. Eventually I dropped $300 on it to get a 20MB hard drive.

    My how far we’ve come. :)
     
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    It was made by a small company that has long since expired; it had 80MB and was a 486……with a speed of - I seem to recall the statistic of 33 mkz.

    I bought it second hand in 1994 and then bought an Olivetti laptop (also a used model from a colleague who was a lecturer in 1999); since then, I have never had a desk top computer.
     
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    PDP-11 or something similar from DEC, I think running RSTS-E, really just jumped into BASIC or very basic games like SPACWR and XPLOR in the mid- and early 70s (dad had a government grant to look at computer graphics for architecture).

    Accessed via acoustically coupled modem on a TI745 thermal-paper terminal.

    http://terminals.classiccmp.org/wiki/index.php/TI_Silent_700_Model_745

    I don't recall what exactly we used before the TI745 (came out in 1976 for $2,000), but it took an entire wheeled cart of equipment; the modem was entirely separate and the printer was a daisy-wheel job.

    Now if you mean PC, then Apple II, forget if "e" model or not.

    Those were the days...
     
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    i had a dell desktop computer, I'm not exactly sure what kind but i think it was around 2006.

    Something like this
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  6. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

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    I still have my C64. I remember being with my mom going to buy it and had to tell her that yes, we need to also buy the disk drive. Can't play Raid over Moscow without it!
     
  7. shinji macrumors 65816

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    Mac Classic. I was 7 or 8. I had Kid Pix, Macwrite, Glider, Scarab of Ra, Continuum, and lots of other awesome stuff.
     
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    DEC PDP-11/23 for me, starting in 1981. I had the board model built into a VT100 case -- I think it was called a VT103. 160kb RAM. 6 serial ports (I needed them). 8" floppies, but within a year I had a whopper 5 MB Winchester disk drive (which cost $5,500).

    My progression was: PDP11/23, PDP11/73, microVAX 3100, and then a series of Alpha Servers.

    RT11, then RSX11M, then various flavors of VMS.

    With VMS, I never once had a system crash, except once when a stick of RAM failed. Otherwise, nothing ever brought VMS down.

    I shut that business down in 2006 and started with my first Mac Pro then.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    My very first computer was a TRS-80 color computer with 4k of ram.

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    I loved that computer, it was great. I wrote programs in both basic and assembler. I moved on to an IBM PC-XT and at some point a Macintosh SE
     
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    Commodore 64. Pretty sure it was purchased from a store called Best that was later bought by a larger company that they then turned into Best Buy.
     
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    We got a ZX Spectrum 16k when I was small.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZX_Spectrum

    We later upgraded it to a whopping 48k and I was the envy of every kid in the street. We stuck with the Spectrum until the Mac Classic came out... and a long line of other Macs followed until the present day.

    Not long ago, I got a Spectrum emulator for the Mac. I watched as games that I'd spend ten minutes waiting to load on the Spectrum via a dodgy tape player loaded within seconds on the Mac. I wonder how much of my childhood was spent waiting for The Hobbit to load...

    And don't even start me on R Tape Loading Error.

    Rob

    "Kill the goblin viciously with the short sword"
     
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    My personal first computer was a 2008 Black Macbook 2.4Ghz Dual Core, 2GB RAM, and 250GB HDD. Still use it every once in awhile and runs great.
     
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    Commodore 64 with the exclusive tape drive. Spent too many hours playing Moon Patrol
     
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    TI-99/4A - Still boots up. Once in while I'll play Hunt The Wumpus for kicks.
     
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    What was your first computer?

    Stride. Motorola 68000 running at a BLAZING 16 mhz. Ran the UCSD-P operating system. Yowza!

    Adam Rodman
     
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    Me too.
     
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    An Atari 800 with a 5 1/4" external floppy drive. I used a Sony 17" TV as a monitor. I got this system from Crazy Eddie's around 1983
     
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    2010 13" White MacBook Pro.

    I came to computers late in life...:eek:
     
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    Compuadd 286 running at 12Mhz. It had 2MB of RAM and a 40MB harddrive. Ran Windows 3.0. Purchased in the summer of 1991.
     
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    My first computer was a Windows 95 PC, built at a computer shop in Twentynine Palms, California, outside my USMC base.

    I don't really recall much about it these days, and I don't know whatever happened to it either. But I had it for a few years while I was in the Marines.
     
  24. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    Don't forget about inflation - people were paying pretty darned high amounts for what we'd consider today to be really low amounts of functionality...
     

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