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    My first computer

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    Is it at least as old as those floppy drives next to it????

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    Re: My first computer

    I would buy the apple IIe... :-[

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    I still have an Apple IIe stashed away, I think its in the attic of my parents house. At least the IIe is likely to still work, the Bezzera doubtful.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 5263746D6C6B606D7B020 link=1244354675/11#11 date=1244420018
    I still have an Apple IIe stashed away, I think its in the attic of my parents house.
    If you need some software let me know ;) Still have some old 5 1/4" disks laying around somewhere :) Those were the days 64k of memories up from a base of 32k ::)

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    Re: My first computer

    I waited to buy the new model when I got my first computer.
    That way I got 16k instead of 4k. :P

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    Re: My first computer

    Quote Originally Posted by 7E425F444E4F584D454E2A0 link=1244354675/13#13 date=1244449281
    I waited to buy the new model when I got my first computer.
    That way I got 16k instead of 4k
    Yeah, my first was 16k. It was named a TRS-80 I believe.

    These days, I think my watch has more processing power...and its analogue! ;D

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    Re: My first computer

    Quote Originally Posted by 5C6D7A6362656E63750C0 link=1244354675/14#14 date=1244449933
    ...Yeah, my first was 16k...
    16KB ? You were lucky - when I were a lad I could only afford 256B (when RAM was ~$100 per KB) *:)
    http://oldcomputermuseum.com/mini_scamp.html

    Its still in the junk room, on top of the Apple IIe - everything else in between has been recycled.



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    Re: My first computer

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    16KB ? You were lucky - when I were a lad I could only afford 256B (when RAM was ~$100 per KB) *:)
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    256B?? My God you were lucky!

    we didnt have memory - couldnt afford it.

    http://www.vintagecalculators.com/html/curta_i.html

    did have a Osborne 1 for a few months about 81 or so though

    (sorry for the off topic - but the threads deader than that Bezzera)

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    Re: My first computer

    Ummmm...Im not talking RAM. Talking processor speed.
    Before there was GHz, was MHz. Before there was MHz was KHz. Mine was 16.

    And if you think that was bad....I lived in a paper bag... ;D (Bad Monty Python reference)

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    Re: My first computer

    Luxury, sheer luxury, wha when ah wooz a kiddie...

    ;)

    I beat you all - I had a Commodore 64, so there!

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    Re: My first computer

    Quote Originally Posted by 6D4A5C4E56250 link=1244354675/18#18 date=1244492748
    I beat you all - I had a Commodore 64
    Abacus. :-[

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    A piece of charcoal and the back of a spade!

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    Re: My first computer

    Fresh Dinosaur Rib Bones!!!

    Ha, beat that!

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    Re: My first computer

    Quote Originally Posted by 280F190B13600 link=1244354675/18#18 date=1244492748
    I beat you all - I had a Commodore 64, so there!

    And 64 being less than 16?

    Seriously, this came way after a TRS-80. It was 64KHz after all, wasnt it? Dont let the number in the name fool you, as is still the case today these numbers are for salespeople to bash unsuspecting fools over the head with. A Commodore 64 had GRAPHICS. Didnt get that on a TRS-80, only letters or grey boxes (It was a grey screen).

    Quote Originally Posted by 24050E0E0913600 link=1244354675/19#19 date=1244498745
    Abacus.
    Me too! Only wish I knew how to use it though :( Wouldve solved problems quicker than using my computer!

    Problem is Im still quite young (by my reference anyway). Why did I have such old stuff? Mummmmm........! "Shut up son, you think that was bad. When I was a girl..." ;D

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    Re: My first computer

    Yeah, youre right, you clever clogs young whipper snapper, but I bet you still cant beat my fresh dinosaur bones!

    :) :) :)

    Bugger, Im feeling old now... (* slinks off to have a whimper and shed a tear in the corner with a freshly made coffee *)

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    Im not actually a whippersnapper, either. Just hoping Ive got plenty left in me (crosses fingers).

    Compared to my fellow students (am changing careers at the moment), I am a fossil. If you ask them where to get dinosaur bones, theyd probably start looking at me!

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    My my but this thread went WAY WAY OT ;D My first Computer was actually a Sinclair ZX 80 I was given second hand (anyone heard of them recently) :o

    Back on topic if tested and shown in working order max $4-500 due to its current poor condition. Still better to keep looking, and the phrase tell him hes dreaming is on the money ;)

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    Re: My first computer

    Quote Originally Posted by 282F2B242C263323242D4A0 link=1244365994/16#16 date=1244540345
    My my but this thread went WAY WAY OT
    Agreed. I think I should keep quiet now.

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    Hey our own Home PC nostalgia topic ;)

    The Sinclair was followed by an old Apple 2+ hence the software lurking pc long since gone. Anyone wanting a copy of Zardax the word processor or similar let me know ::)

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    Re: My first computer

    Quote Originally Posted by 5F585C535B514454535A3D0 link=1244365994/16#16 date=1244540345
    My my but this thread went WAY WAY OT *;D
    Ah but thats what happens when youve all but exhausted the topic anyway - ie; "Its a pig, dont buy it!"

    We were being environmentally friendly by not using all those extra microns (neurons, something-or-other IT-ish that I dont understand!) by not starting another thread, I thought?

    ;)

    And before my C64, there was the Atari, but that didnt belong to me, it belonged to my brother...

    I remember doing my Secretarial Certificate (back when you could it that without being shot down for being un-PC) and we were all on slaves from one massive computer that took up a whole room by itself!

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    Re: My first computer

    Not exactly a first computer (I started with punched cards) but how many here can remember when word processing was deemed to be a scam that would never take off?

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    First Home Computer was a home built Z80 box... First ever experience on a computer was with a companys implementation of a ICL 2900 in the early 70s... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICL_2900_Series. We became involved in its integration to the real world applications within a mining environment.

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    My first computer I bought was an IBM-compatible 286 back in 1990. I could have bought a 386 but they were around $3K at the time. I remember turning it on and getting....nothing. No OS loaded - my previous experience had been with Apple IIes and Microbees.

    Back in my Uni days in the mid-70s, I learned to program in BASIC on a mainframe. We were only trainee teachers so no FORTRAN for us. We didnt have terminal accounts so everything had to be coded on punchcardsand stuck in a tray for batch processing. You come back the next day (if you are lucky with such a high MTBF rate on the old mainframes) with fingers crossed that you hadnt made a typo and have to re-type. There was only one punch card machine to be shared among 30 or so of us and not many would type. So you would be waiting for your turn while the person at the machine would be going hunt-peck..hunt-peck..etc...until ...<expletive deleted> and they would have to start over again.

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    Amiga 500, and dot matrix printer - In about 1990 IIRC.

    You could hard boot from 3.5" floppy - Or boot a windows disk, then eject it and load your other program disk onto the desktop (wonderboy in monsterland anyone ;D )

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    My first computer that I purchased & used was the Atari ST 520
    I have kept it in pristine (as new) condition including the box and instruction books as a collectors item

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    Load from a floppy disk? - luxury!

    I remember having to load software from cassette tapes. You have to FF to the right place and then copying the file to memory used to take ages

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    Quote Originally Posted by 252F3A2D2D223630430 link=1244365994/25#25 date=1244595803
    Load from a floppy disk? - luxury!

    I remember having to load software from cassette tapes. You have to FF to the right place and then copying the file to memory used to take ages
    At a place I worked
    Tapes were used for back up
    2 back ups were made
    1 back up to take home is case of fire

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    Quote Originally Posted by 092D242427271D092D312F2D420 link=1244365994/26#26 date=1244596072
    1 back up to take home is case of fire
    I think there were quite few companies who followed this procedure without giving a thought to what they would actually do with the tapes if the building burnt down! ;D

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    We still use tapes for backup. *It is common place because they are so reliable and relatively cheap. *The thing with tapes is that they are a fair bit tougher than hard disks and you are less likely to lose information. *Drop a hard drive and it is toast.

    P.S. our IT guys told us that accounting firms who lose their server and dont have a good backup generally go under in 3 months. It is also expensive for the client as they generally have to pay their new accountant to do the same work again.

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    My first computer was an Amstrad 6128, it was the "flash" one with built in floppy and colour screen (the first ones were green screen only). I remember thinking how awesome the games looked *(barbarian where you got to chop the guys head off) and some olympics style games.




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    Quote Originally Posted by 07262D2D2A30430 link=1244365994/27#27 date=1244600920
    I think there were quite few companies who followed this procedure without giving a thought to what they would actually do with the tapes if the building burnt down!
    You use the word "were" i would suggest there are many still operating that way now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2E23202E4C0 link=1244365994/30#30 date=1244619566
    Quote Originally Posted by 07262D2D2A30430 link=1244365994/27#27 date=1244600920
    I think there were quite few companies who followed this procedure without giving a thought to what they would actually do with the tapes if the building burnt down!
    You use the word "were" i would suggest there are many still operating that way now.
    Too true!


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    My first computer was a Microbee, coz dad wanted me to have the same computers that I was using at school.
    I dont remember the exact specs, but I think it had 64k RAM and a single 5.25 disk drive. I had the orange screen, which was something different from the standard green blinky cursor, but not as easy on the eyes either.

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    Tandy 1000, single floppy and really bad games but we did it to death.

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    Commodore PET 4016. 40 column wide screen and 16k of RAM.


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    I dont remember what the first computer was. Was a piece of crud though. Probably a 286 or something along those lines. The first computer I remember was when I was about 8 or 9 and it was a Pentium 120. Had a huge 16mb memory 1gb hd and a 1mb videocard.

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    Re: My first computer

    We had a Colecovision games console (when everyone else had Ataris) that upgraded to an ADAM computer hooked up to the TV.

    We thought it was great when the computer was added because we could play games off the tape drive. The graphics on the tape games were heaps better than the cartridges.

    Aah I remember waiting around 2-3 mins for the game to load, playing for another minute or two and then waiting 2-3 mins for the next level to load. Best was Buck Rogers 21st Century.

    I remember Mum upgrading the memory to 50K. Cant remember what it had at first.

    I think Mum finally threw it out last year.

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