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Mac D
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Icon 1 posted September 24, 2004 06:38      Profile for Mac D     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I was feeling nostalgic today and was thinking about my first computer. It was a Vendex with the headstart OS. Here are some specs

8Mhz 8088XT
512k Ram
(2) 5.25" Floppy drives
CGA card
Dos 3.2
No HD (I put one in it was 160Mb and had to be partioned into 40Mb chunks)
I also added a 3.5" Floppy drive

I tought myself how to program Basic on it and learnd how to use DOS. Does anyone else remember their first?

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Bibo
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Icon 1 posted September 24, 2004 08:19      Profile for Bibo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
1st computer I used was a Tandy TRS-80 at an after school computer class in the late 70s

1st one my family bought for me was a Commodore 64. We had the optional monitor (instead of hooking ut up to a TV), modem, tape drive and dot matrix printer.

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Icon 1 posted September 24, 2004 09:34      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Bibo's saying about the tape drive and optional monitor reminded me about a book I used to like to read when I was in elementary school. Does anyone remember that book from way-back-when that took a girl inside what I think was a Commodore? Somehow she got sucked inside the screen and learned about how the computer works--RAM, ROM, and something with bobsledders as bits, maybe? She had to carry some information through the pipeline, if I remember correctly. A parrot figured in there too? I really liked that book 'cause it had lots of great pictures, intriguing storyline, and bright colors. I'd like to find the book again (for nostalgia's sake).
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Bibo
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Icon 1 posted September 24, 2004 09:39      Profile for Bibo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Sounds quite a bit like TRON, perhaps Commodore adapted the TRON story into a kids instruction book for the C64?
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My first computer was the Commodore 64. (Remember, I'm only 21.)

It was MINE. ALL MINE. I was so proud of it. It cost me $100. It's where I got my start on geekiness.

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First computer I used was a DigiComp . The first *electronic* computer I owned was an original IBM PC, with a single-sided floppy. Of course, I hot-rodded it to add a CP/M card and a 10M external disk.
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The first computer i used was a mac(can't remeber what kind:( dodges shoe somebody threw)
The first real pc i had was a gateway 50mhz/486/150meg HD/16meg of Ram/2meg of video ram/two 5.25 floppy drives, and a 2.5 floppy. I later upgraded to 100mhz/
pentium cpu/2x cd drive

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quote:
Originally posted by Livebytheboard:

The first real pc i had was a gateway 50mhz/486/150meg HD/16meg of Ram/2meg of video ram/two 5.25 floppy drives, and a 2.5 floppy. I later upgraded to 100mhz/
pentium cpu/2x cd drive

OMG that's a MACHINE [Big Grin]
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Icon 1 posted September 24, 2004 14:39      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
First computer I owner was built from a kit.

It was a Big Board II, 2 Mhz Z80, 64K RAM, dual double sided 8" floppy drives (a total of 1000 k) and 80x25 monochrome text.

This was a power system, most computers you could buy at the time had 32 or 48K of RAM, and a single disk drive if you were lucky.

I got a copy of Turbo Pascal for it, and it flew ! Seriously, the old Turbo Pascal was a technological wonder, compiler, run-time library and pretty reasonable IDE all fitted in 30-something K.

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I have no idea of what the first computer I used was or what spec it was, it might have been a BBC micro, but I might be wrong, I was 1 and a half.

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-ct-
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define computer?


mine was a MERLIN [Smile]


(example linked)

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Icon 1 posted September 24, 2004 19:15      Profile for Bibo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by -ct-:
define computer?


mine was a MERLIN [Smile]


(example linked)

Ok that may have been my 1st too, that or the Atari Touch Me
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-ct-
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quote:
Originally posted by Bibo:
Ok that may have been my 1st too, that or the Atari Touch Me

nope, doesn't count - you can only play pre-programmed games

you can't add in anything of your own

[Wink]

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Icon 1 posted September 24, 2004 21:10      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
ct: you can't program a MERLIN either, unless you count the music maker doodad (game #2) as "programming." I have a working MERLIN, but I havn't played with it in years. Eats batteries like a mofo and never seemed to work quite right on the power brick.

Anyway, my first computer was a Macintosh II, 256 Color RGB NuBus video card, 16MHz (well... 15.667 really) 68020, no PMMU upgrade, 40MB Hard Drive, 2MB RAM, and 800K floppy. Ran system 6.0.8, back when you could still get Mac OSes for free.

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My first computer was an XT, and I miss it dearly.
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-ct-
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quote:
Originally posted by MacManKrisK:
ct: you can't program a MERLIN either, unless you count the music maker doodad (game #2) as "programming." I have a working MERLIN, but I havn't played with it in years. Eats batteries like a mofo and never seemed to work quite right on the power brick.

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absolutley i do

made my own tunes [Smile]

it sure did eat AA batteries though - 8 of them at a time and 2 packs a week
dad stopped buying batteries for me cuz i used it so much [ohwell]

i can't remember using the powerbrick with it

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Ahh Yes-------Mine was a TI 99/4A with an expansion box. I had a an interface card(two rs232 and a Parallel port) Three 5.25 Floppy drives, a 32K memory expansion card to give it 48k total and a Ram disk card plus a speach syn, and of course joysticks. I used the modulator to couple it to a 25 inch TV so can everybody say large screen.

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My first home computer was a Dick Smith VZ200, with the super l33t 16Kb RAM expansion module. Great for BASIC programming, and games.

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My first computer was a Tandy, 384 K memory with 2 floppy drives. Black and green monitor. Also had a daisy wheel printer. Bought it for my former wife's doctoral thesis -- the committe would accept no dot matrix drafts. Cost $2,200 in 1983. We ran shareware word processing and Quicken on it. Ran just fine all the way through 1994 for me, when a girlfriend (used to hard drives) didn't save her work to disk and insisted I get a new computer!

Also ran a Tandy 100 laptop for a while.

My best friend's family ran their Oil Delivery company's billing on an early Apple II -- I think that was back in the 70s.

CP

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Sorry guys (rides face in shame)...I got into the game late and was nevcer interested in computers untill one was given to me. My first machine was a home made:

P166
16MB RAM
GB Samsung Hard drive, 3.5 floppy
24X cd-rom
2MB Jaton 58P video card
16bit sound card
17 inch Magitronic monitor
36.6 modem
Win95
Lexmark Color inkjet that held one ink cartridge at a time
[cry baby]

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Whee - I've just discovered that *both* of my Macs are now seemingly dead -- so much for that experiment.

My newer Mac is a bit discheveled [Smile] .

Oh well, my laptop's hanging in there - I fear the time for me to buy some new computer(s) is nearing - my newest computer is about 4 years old.

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quote:
Originally posted by SimpleMan:
Sorry guys (rides face in shame)...I got into the game late and was nevcer interested in computers untill one was given to me. My first machine was a home made:

P166
16MB RAM
GB Samsung Hard drive, 3.5 floppy
24X cd-rom
2MB Jaton 58P video card
16bit sound card
17 inch Magitronic monitor
36.6 modem
Win95
Lexmark Color inkjet that held one ink cartridge at a time
[cry baby]

Wow. That's like .. a friggen mainframe server compared to most of our originals. [Razz]
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Interesting coincidence this. snopes has this as an urban myth as reported on fark as a photoshop competition that has infected the memepool.

It's a funny old world. Just remember kids- if you read it on the internet, it's probably a lie.

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quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
Interesting coincidence this. snopes has this as an urban myth as reported on fark as a photoshop competition that has infected the memepool.

It's a funny old world. Just remember kids- if you read it on the internet, it's probably a lie.

If there's one thing that fark has taught me, I'll never blindly trust the authenticity of a digital photograph again.
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Didn't they also teach you about  - ?

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