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What were your first computers?

Someone mention before the impact in the UK of the Sinclair Spectrum computer in the early 80s. Just wondering what everyone's first computers were. Mine were

Sinclair Spectrum -> Commodore 64 -> Commodore Amiga 500

Matthew Lock
Wednesday, February 12, 2003

ZX Spectrum, the ones you had to hook up to the TV.

Prakash S
Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Work:  PDP-8, PDP-11, VAX 11-780.

Home: DEC GIGI (not sure if this really counts),  Sinclair ZX80, original Compaq Portable.

Things have improved since ...

Mitch & Murray (from downtown)
Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Two quick corrections:

Should be VAX 11/780 (not 11-780), and I built the Sinclair ZX80 from the infamous USA kit, which was a hairy bitch, not Heathkit material for sure.  Oh wow, I bet you young whippersnappers don't know what a "Heathkit" is!


For all you VAX folks (if any of you are still alive besides me) there are three extra credit questions:

What does VAX stand for?

What does VMS (the VAX operating system) stand for?

What OS did the principal architect of VMS go on to design later on?

OK you youngsters, give it a go ...

Mitch & Murray (from downtown)
Wednesday, February 12, 2003

A VAX can suck up wet spills as well as dry?

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Apple II -> VIC 20 -> Commodore 64

old hacker
Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Timex Sinclair 1000

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

The TRS-80 Color Computer!!!

No offense ...
Wednesday, February 12, 2003

BTW ... I always thought VMS stood for "Virtual Memory System".  I'm actually not that old, VAX VMS mainframes are still around at some college campuses believe it or not. 

I never thought VAX was even an acronym.  What does it stand for?

No offense ...
Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Spectrum -> Amiga 500.  Many childish hours playing on HP1000 MPE/IX, C/PM and early DOS systems.  Sadly I was too young to properly heed my father's advice at the age of 11 or so when he bought home an old release of Oracle on a Compaq luggable (when it was shiny and new) and advised me to learn this RDBMS stuff.

Of course, I know it now, but I'd be a lot richer if I'd been an 18 year old PL/SQL guru...

Rodger Donaldson
Wednesday, February 12, 2003

I started playing on my uncle's Texas Instruments PC/home computer. Don't remember the model number, but I was maybe 9 or 10 years old and spent a summer holiday writing BASIC programs.

Walter Rumsby
Wednesday, February 12, 2003

So I was an Apple II little kid.  Apple II+ -> Apple IIgs -> Packard Hell PC that I inherited -> My current custom computer, which has been slowly mutating like an escaped lab animal for about 6 years.

What does VAX stand for?

Virtual Address Extension

What does VMS (the VAX operating system) stand for?

Virtual Memory System

What OS did the principal architect of VMS go on to design later on?

Windows NT.

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

The original Radio Shack TRS-80 back in 1979.  It had 4k of RAM and the Level 1 Basic 4k ROM, and a cassette recorder interface that transmitted data at, I think, 1200 baud.

I was really excited when I upgraded it to 16k RAM (I think I got a deal at $150) and the Level II Basic ROM.  I also fooled around a bit with Z80 assembler.

I also remember when the first floppy drive for it came out. I couldn't figure out what someone would do with 45k of storage.  And it also took me quite a while to grasp the concept of a "file", and to understand why someone might be interested in having a date attached with it. 

I never did get a floppy drive for the TRS-80, the complexities of it for some reason kind of scared me away from computers.  (Hehe.)  It was only 7 or 8 years later that I got a PC clone and started fussing with wonderful MS-DOS.

Herbert Sitz
Wednesday, February 12, 2003

PDP-8 in high school, All BASIC all the time
PDP-11 in college, first job, both FORTRAN

Nat Ersoz
Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Control data 6500 in college and Burroughs 5500 at my first job.  Both are museum pieces today.

John McQuilling
Thursday, February 13, 2003

Starcat with 72 procs.  My folks got it for me for my 10th birthday.  It kept my bedroom warm.  Later when I was 12 I got another one for failover.  I mostly use it for writing email to my grandma.

Thursday, February 13, 2003

1.    TRS-80
2.    Coleco ADAM; Returned to K-Mart
3.    Apple II Clone
4.    Apple IIe Clone
5.    Commodore Amiga 1000
6.    33Mhz 386 PC
7.    100Mhz 486 PC
8.    200Mhz Pentium-Pro PC
9.    AMD Athlon XP 1300+ PC

Heston Holtmann
Thursday, February 13, 2003

1) EC 1033 (a soviet clone of IBM 360)
2) SM-4 (a soviet clone of PDP-11)

Thursday, February 13, 2003

1. Acorn System One (6502 based before the BBC, 1K ram, 512 bytes ROM)
2. Oric
3. Sinclair ZX81
4. Acorn BBC B
5. PC's from then on

But what really got me started was a TI-57 programmable calculator.

Tony E
Thursday, February 13, 2003

Actually I just remembered my first use of a computer was my parents' Dragon 32, the only Welsh computer that I know of.

Matthew Lock
Thursday, February 13, 2003

At home:

1) ATARI 600XL  (6502 Basic)
2) Commodore 64
3) IBM PC XT clone (640K / 20MB)
4) 486DX33 (4MB / 250 MB) 

At school:

Suns in all flavors, from 6800-based Sun 3's to the first generation of Sparcs, Sun 4/110, Sun 4/490's and such.

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Sinclair ZX Spectrum with 16K RAM in 1982. Later on I upgraded the memory to a colossal 48K. It's still at my parents' house. The last time I saw it I was astonished at how small it was.

John Topley
Thursday, February 13, 2003

"What OS did the principal architect of VMS go on to design later on?

Windows NT. "

Mindless trivia: did you notice that if you shift the letters by one (A->B)  in 'VMS' you get 'WNT'? Spooky!

Thursday, February 13, 2003

BK-0010-01 (Russian computer with 16kb memory and tape recorder)


IBM AT 286

Thursday, February 13, 2003

1) EC 1033 (a soviet clone of IBM 360)
2) EC 1020 (another clone of IBM mainframe)
3) RK-86 computer (another clone of something, used TV for display purposes and compact cassette recorder for data storage)
4) DEC PDP clone
5) Bulgarian clone of IBM PC/XT based on NEC V20 processor (really fast for mid-1980s games:))))))
6) Soviet clone of IBM PC, EC 1840/1841

386sx, 486, Pentium and so on.

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Chronogically I used the following :

1) 1981 - 1982 : ZX81 at school. Not owned by me but I learned BASIC programming on it in lunchtimes and after class
2) 1982 - 1990 : ZX Spectrum. Originally bought for playing games, later learned Z80 assembler c. 1986
3) 1988 - 1995 : Atari ST 520. Originally bought for playing games, but instead used for MIDI and word processing (hardly played any games on it ever), and C programming from 1992 onwards.
4) 1992 - 1995 : Various UNIX boxes at college, used for C programming when the twin-floppy ST couldn't cut it.
5) 1995 - now : First home PC. Originally 486DX1-33 with 8MB RAM and 520MB HDD. Upgraded to Pentium in 1996, upgraded to AMD K6-200 in 1997, upgraded to Pentium II in 1999. Currently on Pentium II 450 with 256MB RAM and more disk space than I know what to do with. Running Linux full time since 1998. Not upgraded since 2000.
6) 1998 - now : Second home PC. Mainly made out of cannibalised bits of the first one. Currently on Pentium II 350 with 128MB RAM and an unknown amount of disk space. Runs mainly Windows NT 4 SP6.
7) 2000 - now : Third home PC. Cannabalised out of bits of the other two. Currently on AMD K6-200 with 64MB RAM and 2GB HDD. Runs mainly Windows 98.

Plus numerous PCs and UNIX boxen at work...

Better than being unemployed...
Thursday, February 13, 2003

Varian 620 minicomputer, RCA Elf and Kim microcomputers in the EE labs The timesharing system on campus was a VAX, using punched cards.

My first computer was a Southwest Technical Products (SWTP) kit with a Motorola 6800, a SS-50 bus and 8kb of memory.  Later on I got a Apple II+, a Mac SE and then various PC clones.

The first computers I used at work were a VAX and a DEC Robin (ran CP/M-80) - basicly a VT100 terminal with a Z80 and a floppy disk that was a stopgap while we were developing the DEC Rainbow PC.

Eric Moore
Thursday, February 13, 2003

ZX 81 with 16kB RAM pack (I was a power user).

John Ridout
Thursday, February 13, 2003

Sinclair ZX80 Spectrum

With the color buttons for basic commands and a music cassette for storing programs, and of course, the tv, my first program was a 'natural number' thingy, I as into pure mathematics at the time.

Probably my biggest achievement. This includes the dozens of 'corporate drone' applications that I've worked on over the past 20 years.

Thursday, February 13, 2003

First used: IBM / Intel 8080 10Mhz
First bought: AMD 1700+

Dem young whippersnappers have no idea...

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Commodore 64 (2Mhz 6510) -> 16 Mhz 286 -> 120 Mhz Pentium -> 400 Mhz AMD K6 -> 1.7Ghz Intel P4

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Commodore 64 without tape or disk drive, so I was a little annoyed by having to retype my programs all the time (hey, I was about 12 at the time). The tape drive followed about two days later.

Years later the Amiga 1000 (the first one to buy in my town, not saying much) with 256 megs, which meant that you could run about 2 of the 10 programs available at the time.

Because I was writing small applications and games to make a few bucks, I bought several other 64's and an Amiga 500 later.

I also had the "opportunity" to work with a Commdore 128 and the portable Commodore 64 (SX-64) - a true life experience. Don't know if they were released in the States, too.

First home-PC: 486 something, then I lost track.

Simon Basic
Thursday, February 13, 2003

The first would be an IBM 370 via punch card, 78-79
Commodore Pet, briefly
Prime with Primos 17 and 18
Cygnus CP/M microcomputers
Northern Telecom Data 100 (my first paying job!) affectionately known as K9 because of the shape.
Data General something or other.
Sirius 1
Apricot (scads and scads of them as I worked there)
and then a successively boring series of PC clones...

Simon Lucy
Thursday, February 13, 2003

My first was a Microbee 16k

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Along the same lines my first 'upgrade' was to increase my 16k of memory to an unimaginably large '48k' in 1981. I think 32k of memory cost me more that $500 even in them days.

I wonder what $500 invested in 1981 would be worth now?

Thursday, February 13, 2003

at school:: BBC micro

at home:: 286 with 640k ram, 20Mb hard drive and Hercules Color graphics card.

I was the first kid on the block to get a stiffy drive :)

Because of the wierd video card, I could not run a lot of games except in monochrome mode. I think only GrandPrix supported the Hercules card.

Thursday, February 13, 2003

(At weekend's in my dad's office)
Commodore PET 8k
Sinclair ZX81 with 16kB RAMpack
Sinclair Spectrum 48k
since then, mostly other people's computers...

I currently do have a home computer. IBM PS/2, 1MB RAM, 10MB HDD. Used only for text editing and of course it boots 10X faster than any modern PC I use at work.

Adam in Poland
Thursday, February 13, 2003

ZX81 (expanded to 4k IIRC; but no tapedrive, so I had to type in each game each time I wanted to play it)

Prime running Primeos (don't know details, but it worked nice)

And then I got a 286 and ...

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Commodore Vic 20

IBM PC-JR (King's Quest Rocked!)

Tandy 1000 -
  2 floppy drive bays!
  4.77 Mhz!
  384K we expanded to 640K!
  Tandy 16 Color!
  Tandy Sound!

  Sound Card
  XGA with 512K RAM
  Upgraded to a DX40 the following year

Pentium 166

Celeron 600

-- Haven't upgraded since 2000 at home.  sigh.

Matt H.
Thursday, February 13, 2003

8088->486 DX4->P133->Celeron400->iMac400->iMac1GHz

Thursday, February 13, 2003

197(7? 8? 9?) KIM - 6502 based SBC w/ about 8K ROM 2k RAM
a hex keypad and a 6 digit hex display. Cassette tape for storage.

Had a lunar lander game. Key pad up/down modified fuel burn rate. Goal was to get a 4 digit altitude value to reach 0 with a 2 digit velocity low enough to not "crash". Not that much fun really.

Thursday, February 13, 2003

-Some kit that my father built (I vividly remember acid in the bathtub).
-Rainbow something or other (DOS based).  It had this game called Meltdown (?) where you were an astronaut and you had to get down through multiple levels to shut off the reactor before the whole place blew up.  You also had to refuel and pick up water to cool the reactor with along the way, which was complicated by the different gravity levels.  I'd love to play that again...

-Commodore at school, and I also spent hours playing games on my friend's computer (it took tapes and had no harddrive, but I have no clue what it was)
-an XT computer (desktop)
-Compaq XT laptop (aka boat anchor)
(Sorry about imprecise terminology - these were all before high school...)
At some point we also had a 386 and a 486 - and kept upgrading practically with every new chip.

I guess I was pretty privileged with my computer access growing up.

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Apple ][ clone
Apple ][gs
P2 300
P2 600 laptop

Thursday, February 13, 2003

  MSX 1.1 with 64kb and cassete recorder for storage.  Later I got a 360kb disk driver.

  Then the PC´s:  386 DX 40 -> 486 DX2 66 -> Pentium MMX 233 MHZ -> AMD K7 Athlon 700MHz.

Ricardo Antunes da Costa
Thursday, February 13, 2003

Texas instruments TI-99. 
Later a commadore 64.

Ran Whittle
Thursday, February 13, 2003

1. Ti 99/4a
2. Commodore 128
3. Amiga 500
4. Then I joined the Intel world

Bounty Hunter
Thursday, February 13, 2003

Commodore 4016
Commodore 4032
Commodore 8032
Sinclair ZX-81
'Big Board' (build it yourself z80 CPM system)
Commodore 64
Commodore PC-10 (IBM XT clone)
Commodore Amiga 1000
Commodore Amiga 500
Commodore Amiga 2000 (with 68040 board)
Commodore Amiga 4000
Intel 486
Pentium 166
PIII 800
Dual Celeron 450
Celeron 2 GHz
Dual AMD 1800+

happy to be working
Thursday, February 13, 2003

Good grief, I've found another Acorn System 1 user! Maybe we should form a user group. Remember Duckshoot?

David Clayworth
Thursday, February 13, 2003

Commodore Pet
Apple II

IBM Clone CIRCA 1987

Thursday, February 13, 2003

First use of computer was college freshman programming course.

Computer: IBM 7090
Language:  MAD
OS: Don't know. I just submitted the card deck at the window.

Next upgrade:
Computer:  IBM 360/67
Language: FORTRAN IV

Thursday, February 13, 2003

My first computer was a ZX81 followed by a ZX Spectrum.

I still remember my disappoint when I  discovered I couldn't talk to the computer, like they did on TV.

Thankfully the ZX81 came with a great manual for introducing the BASIC language.

The tape never worked, so I had to type in all programs.  My older brother wanted to play games like they had on the Commodre Pet at school, so he would describe them to me and I would write the code.

After that an Amiga and finally a PC.

Ged Byrne
Thursday, February 13, 2003

My first computer: an Osborne 1.  Portable.  Which means it weighed about 30 pounds (I think).  At least, that how much it felt like when I was little (closer to 60 pounds back then, maybe).

There was also the computer known to me only as the Alpha Micro Operating System (AMOS).  My dad got it when his company surplussed it.  Set it up in our house, and even ran wiring to our bedrooms so we'd each have a terminal.  Came with two disk drive machines (the CPU looked and weighed about like the Osborne), blue, each capable of holding a 1 meg disk, about half a meter in diameter.  I wrote a lot of Pascal code on that thing.

Paul Brinkley
Thursday, February 13, 2003

Apple //e...or was that ][e?  This was after the invention of the 5.25" disk drive, of which we had TWO.

Some friends up the street had a Commodore 64, of which I was jealous because it had better graphics; I vividly remember how, to load a game, you had to type something bizarre like LOAD "*",8,1  .  To this day I don't know what that was about.

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Sinclair ZX81

Sinclair QL - a bit embarrasing, maybe, but also underrated. It had an excellent version of Basic, as good as the BBC

Atari ST
Pentium 120
Celeron 466
Athlon XP 1.7

Neil E
Thursday, February 13, 2003

So, did anybody buy a Sam Coupe?  My friend had one and it was really rather good.

Ged Byrne
Thursday, February 13, 2003

IBM 3033A running Unix v7 under VM370
VAX 11/750 and VAX 11/780 running 4.2BSD
IBM PC/AT running MS-DOS 3.21
PDP-11/44 running RSX-11M+
PDP-11/70 running RSX-11M+
Sun 3 (68000 at 7.68mhz) running SunOS a BSD
generic 80386/33 running MS-DOS 5.0
generic 80486DX2/66 running Linux 0.99.13 (running Linux 1.2.13 today)
SGI Indigo 2 Xtreme (MIPS R4600 at 275mhz) running Irix 5.3, later Irix 6.1
generic Pentium/166 running Linux 2.0.18 or WinNT 4.0sp3 (running Linux 2.0.40 or WinNT 4.0sp6 today)
generic Pentium III/650 running Linux 2.2.18 and Win2Ksp2 with VMware
Non-Stop Himalaya s70000 running Guardian G06.13
Dell Inspirion 8000 running Linux 2.2.18 and Win2Ksp2 with VMware

Anonymous Coward
Thursday, February 13, 2003

Just remembered that the first computer I ever used was an HP 2000 mainframe, which I think was kind of a souped up DEC PDP-8.

This was back in 1972 and I was in the 3rd grade.  I was a smart little kid and the principal of the elementary school stopped me in the hall and asked if I wanted to try out a computer.  The school had gotten a loaner of one of those teletype terminal machines, which had an ibm-selectric type ball and printed on that old white/green/white/green lined perforated paper with holes for the tractor feed.  It was connected to the school district's HP 2000.  (It was just on loan, I was led to understand, because it was far too valuable to keep in our little school.)

The exciting "application" I got to try out involved the teletype machine spitting out a pair of numbers for you to add, e.g., 63 + 24.  Then you could type in the answer.  If you got the right answer it would magically tell you that, and just as magically it could tell you if what you'd typed in was wrong.  I remember the principal being very excited about this.  I guess it was pretty novel to see a typewriter typing without a human pressing the keys, especially when it seemed to have some "intelligence" behind it.  Those were the days.

Herbert Sitz
Thursday, February 13, 2003

Computer Automation LSI-2, 16Kb

Also excitingly known as "Naked Mini" because it was designed to be bolted into industrial kit etc.

Had to be booked by the half-hour, so became expert at fixing assembler programs by covering holes in paper tape with sticky black patches and dibbing in new holes over a cribbage board.  What fun.

Also fixed my first intermittent hardware fault when I noticed that the very wide PCB had bowed to the extent that it touched the board below with some of its pin solder: folded beer mat to the rescue.

And you tell that to the kids today, they won't believe you ...

Attending the wake
Thursday, February 13, 2003

My first exposure to a computer of any kind came when I was a little tike tagging along with my mother to work. She worked at the US census bureau in Suitland, MD, subcontracting for Sperry Univac, fixing mainframes and laser printers (when the laser printers weight could only be matched by the amount of dollars spent). These things took up rooms and amazed me. I spent a few minor seconds on a client terminal a couple times but it was seen as a waste and having a kid on these computers was probably not a good idea for her job security. That amazed me and probably sparked my interest.

But my first computer was a vic 20. I was proud when I wrote that first piece of basic that said hello world. And felt like a god when I made a wing-ding fly across the screen and change colors. I still have it but haven't fired it up lately to see if it still works.

Ian Stallings
Thursday, February 13, 2003

Let's see...

The very first computer I touched wasn't actually a computer - it was a teletype. Yes, with the paper tape and everything. It was connected via an acoustic modem (with the foam cups for the handset) to some mainframe somewhere. That was, umm... 4th grade, I think?

Then my father hears me say I learned to program computers and hands me this "Computer in a book". A big three ring binder with a circuit board in the back. It had an intel 8080 processor, a hex keypad, and a one line lcd readout (like a calculator). Plus an excellent course on machine language.

After I'd destroyed that, my Dad put together the Sinclair ZX-81 kit for me, and I learned basic on it. Pushed that little thing pretty far for a grade schooler.

Next was the Radio Shack Color Computer, then Color Computer II a few years later. After that, Tandy 1000 PC (8086 CPU). Then I went into a series of frankenclone boxes, and I lost track.

These were just the ones I owned (well, except for the mainframe. :-) )

Geeze, I've had a lot of computers. :-)

Chris Tavares
Thursday, February 13, 2003

Chris, you spolit brat you...:-)

Prakash S
Thursday, February 13, 2003

>It was connected via an acoustic modem (with the foam cups for the handset)

Wish I did that. Seen the film though :) ... computing, War Games stylee ;-)

Thursday, February 13, 2003

I got a TRS-80 Color Computer with a whopping 16K of RAM in the fall of '83. My very first computer.

I tinkered with with the Timex Sinclair, C-64's, Atari 800's and of course the TI-994a.

Mark Hoffman
Thursday, February 13, 2003

8088 or 80286 with a Amber greyscale display in my neighbor's house. He was trying to show me the significance of Lotus 1-2-3. All I did was try to point out to him how unusual it is for a computer to be operated by remembering all these abstract strange keys and menus.

Little did I know years later I will become a fan of vim and c++.

But really before that I was trying to boot up Apple IIc and their cheaper neighbors.

My own very first computer was a Packard Bell 286 with 2 megabytes of ram and 42 megabytes of hard drive. I mainly tried to play 256-color dos games, use MS Works 2.0, BBS Terminals. Holy cow my 14.4k baud modem can actually compress on the fly!!! It's like 36k after compression MANNNN!!

My very first romantic encounter with a computer is at another neighbor's house. He had a Mac SE/30 with 30 megs of hard drive.

When I went to university my first encounter with a UNIX box was a DEC Ultrix workstation, SunOS-based pizza boxes, and SGI Irixes.

My first encounter with Linux was Slackware 96 on my college PC--an IBM Ambra with a blue lightening math-coprocessor-less 486/99Mhz.

Li-fan Chen
Thursday, February 13, 2003

The first one was an XT compatible. (Is XT acronym?) The most impressive game I played was "Karnov." The animation, the BGM... The programmers must be geniuses. The operating system was DOS 2.2.. Some other SW I still remember: Wordstar 5.x, Lotus 1-2-3, GW-BASIC, Chi writer(sic), sidekick(sic), clipart(sic). I got some 3M floppies. They had some kinda mold on it or whatever, which killed the drive. Since then I had never bought anything from 3M.

The second one was a 286 (compatible, of course). I ran windows 1.x (or 2.x? Can't remember) on that machine and I thought windows was stupid. It was hard to install and slow like hell (on an 286, about 2M ram, I guess), and all it got was just a stupid clock! I didn't even have a mouse. As a kid, I obviously didn't see the future of GUI. I didn't have the quality of being the CEO of Microsoft. Darn it. :)

Thursday, February 13, 2003

My history:

- I start out on an ancient discrete transistor ICL mainframe at my local tech col back around 1970. Programming FORTRAN on punched cards. At that point I decided programming was not for me!

- Nearly 10 years later, a Modular One minicomputer at the University of London, where I was working. Still not convinced about programming.

- At the same place, a Research Machines 380Z (Z80-based CP/M system). Now, this was much more like it!

- Also at the same place, a DEC VAX with a GIGI graphics terminal get installed - now we are talking!

- A couple of years later, working at another University, a DECSystem 10 running TOPS-10.  A bit of of a step backwards from the VAX

- Someone buys a WICAT UNIX system with some end of year budget. It doesn't work, and I get to learn UNIX, C, vi and the inticacies of the termcap database all in the same week fixing it.

- The BBC Microcomputer appears - it is pants. I have to write an implementation of the KERMIT protocol for it in 6502 assembler. This does not appear on my CV.

- The Sinclar QL appears. Our department tests it for 30 minutes and then, laughing, throws it in a skip.

- The University replaces its DEC 10 with two IBM 4381s. Interesting times for all! I become a REXX expert and  a wizard at programming the 7171 3270/serial comms protocol converter. The latter doesn't appear on my CV.

- Then, the IBM PC appears, and with it the end of history.

Neil Butterworth
Thursday, February 13, 2003

brings back fond memories doesn't it!

Prakash S           
Thursday, February 13, 2003

1. TRS-80, 16K, Level II Basic (1979)

2. Commodore 128 (or does this count as three: a C64, a C128, and a CP/M machine?) (1985)

3. 80286-based PC-AT, 640K RAM, 20MB disk (1989)

4. 33 MHz 80486, 8 MB RAM, 200 MB disk, Windows 95 (1995)

5. 133 MHz Cyrix, 64 MB RAM, 4GB disk, Windows 95 but now running Linux (1998)

6. Athlon XP1400, 512 MB DDR RAM, 60 GB disk, Windows XP Home (2001) - current home desktop machine

7. 1200 MHz Pentium III Laptop, 512 MB RAM, 30 GB disk, Windows XP Home (2002) - current laptop machine

Thursday, February 13, 2003

1. Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer I (1980) 16K, cassette drive.  Later upgraded to 64K, non-chiclet keyboard, multi-pack interface with 5.25" floppy and OS/9...woowee
2. Tandy MC-10.
3. C-64.
4. Atari 800XL.
5. Amiga 1000.
6. Amiga 500.
7. 486
8. PII
9. PIV

Thursday, February 13, 2003

My first computer was a kit in an Australian magazine, "Electronics Australia" in May 1979 called the "Dream 6800". It was based on the 6800 processor (actually a 6802), had a hex keypad and video out. It didn't do much, but it was enough to learn 6800 assembler on and hone my soldering skills. Oh, and there was a mean version of space invaders (all the rage at the time)!

Anyhow, the truly amazing part is that someone has the articles etc on the net at: (and that google was able to find it).  Not that anyone but me is likely to care!

A few years later I built a CP/M system (Bigboard II) with 1MB 8" floppies (yeah!). That was the last system where I used to regularly tweak and re-burn the BIOS.

Ah, the good old days :-)

Friday, February 14, 2003

ZX81 - Wobbly 16K Ram Pack held in with blutak. ahhhhhhhhhh

Chris McEvoy
Friday, February 14, 2003

Science of Cambridge MK14:

Used a SC/MP processor. Input via a 'finger-busting' membrane keypad and output via an LED display.

Cheap and cheerfull - happy memories :-)


Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Burroughs 5500 in high school.

Honeywell mainframe running DTSS in college (with the *original* Dartmouth Basic). Also a hybrid computer with a PDP-8 running Focal as the digital half.

The first one I owned was an Apple II (serial #A2S1-2174). Since then, an Amiga 2000 & two PC-types.

At work these days, I program embedded computers, from PIC processors with 25 bytes of RAM and room for 512 instructions to 68332 boards with 1MB each of RAM, ROM, and Flash.

Steve Wheeler
Thursday, February 20, 2003

First used: Osborne I that father of my friend's sometimes carried from work and let us kids try. I think the screen was 5 inches...

First own: the popular ZX Spectrum, with 16K memory. I still play JetPack, nowadays using emulator in my cell phone ;)

Then Spectravideo 382 (not quite sure about the number). Actually, I haven't owned a computer since.

Sunday, February 23, 2003

TI 99/4A
8086 (which ran on 10MHz; possibly some clone?)
468DX40 (AMD)
Pentium 100
Athlon TBird 700

Roel Schroeven
Monday, February 24, 2003

Wow, memory lane. I forgot most the computers I have used until I read this thread. My first computer was a Commodore 64 and 128. After that I got work in the industry and dealt with everything in the personal computer arena.

Monday, March 3, 2003

Lambda 8300 (a swedish ZX81 clone)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48KB RAM
'486 80MHz (AMD)
AMD K6 200 MHz

The K6 is still sufficient for my needs - with Linux on it.

Wednesday, March 5, 2003

In order or arival:
Cat (Apple IIe clone)
100mhz 486 IBM (the actual big blue)
P166 (x 2)
P133 (second hand)
PII 300
PIII coppermine
PIV 1.5 (x2)
PIV 1.6
PIV 1.7
PIV HT 3.2
DEC Alpha gift(?) from work, now running Linux
Apple LCiii Mac
AS/400 series 400 & 530 (alternative home heating)

Jules Clements
Sunday, February 29, 2004

1985 MAD Computer, 8086 4MHz (Turbo mode 8MHz if you pressed CTRL+ALT+NUM 0)  It was my family's first computer, it was the computer I learned to program my first language on... BASIC.  :)

Anthomas Tran
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

My first computer was a DREAM 6800 SBC. Complete with all the available peripherals.
Then a series of Tandy Colour computers, up to a 1MB Colour computer 3. (still going well).
Amiga 500, 2000, 2000/040.
Applix 1616
SECAD AS-68K (a 68000 based SBC running OS9)
Various PC's, now Duron 1GHz.
Also tinkered with a Microbee 56K.

Bob Devries
Saturday, August 28, 2004

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