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Re: What was your first computer?

Tue Dec 27, 2011 4:22 pm

The first computer I ever used was a Sinclair ZX80 at school.

At the time I was in the lunchtime 'electronics club' and we did a sponsored bicycle ride to raise money for the ZX80 in kit form.

'electronics club' soon became 'computer club' after we built it (with a lot of help from the teachers) lol.

After that I was pretty much hooked and saved up for a ZX81 with my paper round money, happy times!

I dabble with programming on modern PC's today I much prefer embedded hardware now, microcontrollers and such like.

Hopefully Raspberry Pi will help bring back the exciting times that we had in the 80's and early 90's, maybe we'll even manage to drag the kids away from their PC's and Consoles and actually learn something too!

Coley

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Re: What was your first computer?

Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:20 pm

Started with an IBM PC-8088, 640K running DOS 3.0. Loved that machine! 2-360K floppies, later added a 20M hardcard (how could I ever use all that space?) and a 1200 baud modem. Got online with Prodigy (after 10 pm when long distance rates went down)No WWW then, Gopher and FTP mail thru DEC, took FOREVER to get anything done and was still thrilling.

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Re: What was your first computer?

Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:39 pm

Educational exposure:

ICL 2900 - using punched cards

Prime 300 - dialup using ASR33

DECsystem-10

Digico M16

Employment Exposure:

SWTPC 6800

BBC Model B

First computer I actually owned:

Elonex 80286

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Re: What was your first computer?

Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:55 pm

First one used: Pet 2001 – yes, the one with the square keypad. Also a Nascom-2

First one bought: Newbrain (I still love that machine and wish I could get a replacement)

First built: Self designed Z80A with 2KB of RAM

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Re: What was your first computer?

Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:54 pm

My personal moores law of computing is:

Acorn Atom
Acorn BBC B Issue 4 with 8271 Disc IF
Teletext Adapter
6502 Co-Pro
Z80 Co-Pro
Acorn BBC B Issue 7 with 1770 Disc IF
Acorn BBC B+ 64K
Acorn BBC Master 128
Acorn BBC Master 512 (80186 Co-Pro)
Acorn Master Turbo   (65c102 Co-Pro)
Acorn BBC Master AIV (65c102 Co-Pro + SCSI for the Domesday project)

Acorn Archimedes A420/1 with IDE + ARM 3
Acorn Archimedes A440/1 with SCSI + ARM 3 + 8MB RAM
Acorn Archimedes A3000  with IDE + ARM 3 upgrade
Acorn Archimedes A4000
Acorn Archimedes A5000  with IDE + SCSI + 8MB RAM

Acorn A4 Laptop (my first laptop)

Acorn Archimedes A540   with IDE + SCSI + 16B RAM + FPA

Acorn Risc PC 600 (2 slice + 486)
Acorn Risc PC 700 (2 slice + 586)
Acorn Risc PC SA  (4 slice + 586)

Enter the Dark Side…….

486DX2 66MHz 64MB
486DX4 120MHz 64MB

Pentium1 150MHz
PentiumMMX 233
Dual Processor PentiumPro
Dual Processor PentiumII 333Mhz
Dual Processor PentiumIII 733Mhz

And I cant remember what was next…

Currently Dual Processor Quad Xeon and a few Arduino's

Ironically all of my Acorn hardware is still in working condition and used from time to time.

My most proud posession is working Domesday machines that do get used for playing Elite from time to time between showing the Domesday Discs

When it comes to programming then I started off with BBC Basic and still program in it from time to time, I now program many languages for a living.

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Re: What was your first computer?

Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:19 am

My first family computer was an Acorn A4000. Which are after much time and fun got sold to a local school and bought a P120 based machine.

Any way there where alot of classic RiscOS games i used to play on  the acorn. does anyone know if there will be any compatibility with the new versions RiscOS. I am well aware that the ARM CPU has come along way since then but an interesting though none the less.

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Re: What was your first computer?

Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:14 am

The first computer I programmed was an Elliott 4120 in about 1968. It was a room sized computer. I obtained permission to use the ASR-33 paper tape machines
Elliott 4120? In a nice warm room? Using ASR-33 paper? You were lucky!

We had to get up at 4am, no breakfast, and build abacus machines from granite with our bare hands mind. We had no t'internet in them days either.

(Hats off to the Monty python - 4 Yorkshire men sketch)

My ventures started out with a Zx81, a 16K wobbly RamPack, and a £10 rubber key overlay

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Re: What was your first computer?

Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:29 am

smally said:


My most proud posession is working Domesday machines that do get used for playing Elite from time to time between showing the Domesday Discs

When it comes to programming then I started off with BBC Basic and still program in it from time to time, I now program many languages for a living.


I presume that the right people know you have a working domesday machine? I *think* there is a project trying to recover data from that project, and unless you are already aware of them, I think you should get in touch.
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Re: What was your first computer?

Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:37 pm

JamesH said:


smally said:


My most proud posession is working Domesday machines that do get used for playing Elite from time to time between showing the Domesday Discs

When it comes to programming then I started off with BBC Basic and still program in it from time to time, I now program many languages for a living.


I presume that the right people know you have a working domesday machine? I *think* there is a project trying to recover data from that project, and unless you are already aware of them, I think you should get in touch.



I am in contact with a few people who are working on the recovery. At present I am finalizing my dissertation on the subject of digital preservation and am hoping to get my 3rd and 4th Domesday players working early in 2012.

When I do get more working I am hoping to loan them to a museum either locally or The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley but I only have one set of discs at present.

One of my plans for the RPi is to run the BeebEm with the AIV extensions and have a pocket Domesday machine.

Another project that is currently on the back burner is OWL BASIC that is a BBC BASIC compiler for windows / linux that the current development is implementing the VDU sequences of every Acorn OS.

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Re: What was your first computer?

Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:24 pm

#1, and still #1 in my <3, Radio Shack MC-10



The coolest thing about it: Expansion connector on back, which on mine went straight to a home made circuit board with extra memory, a 6821 PIA and a breadboard.

Followed that with Radio Shack Color Computer, several CoCo 2's and a CoCo 3.

My father had started a logistics business from our home and we ran everything off these machines. CoCo Disk controller supported 4 SSDD drives, we used to take a pair of DSDD's and "split" them by attaching drive select lines to head select with diodes. Gave you a whopping megabyte of storage. Did dispatches, routing, scheduling, AR, AP, messaging and telex with these until 1986 when I built him an XT clone. I eventually ended up with a network of 386's, but even then the CoCo's were still around to send telexes and dispatches.

All my other computers were PC clones, but I never bought a branded box, always built.

Clones are the ultimate green PC's.  I went XT, AT, 386, 486SX, 486DX, 586, P200 MMX, AMD 2200+ with only 3 cases, 3 monitors and 2 keyboards.

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Re: What was your first computer?

Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:55 pm

My first computer was the Comodore VC20, then Comodore Plus4, then Commodore VC64, then Commodore128, then AT 80286 (6 MHz) with 512 KB Ram and 20 MB harddisk and. My last Computer is a Dreamplug with ARM-Prozessor, a verry nice Minicomputer.

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Re: What was your first computer?

Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:55 pm

@ work, hp T1000, one of these

@ home, Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2 128K

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Re: What was your first computer?

Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:13 pm

I'll brake it into three parts

The first computer i ever used: My dad's 266mhz rev. B iMac G3

The first computer i ever owned: My MacMini G4 1.25ghz

The oldest computer i own: My mac Plus, With a massive 250mb ext. hdd

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Re: What was your first computer?

Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:25 pm

The first computer I ever used was a macintosh performa 6400.

The first computer I ever owned was a Rev.1 B&W ppc G3.

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Re: What was your first computer?

Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:41 pm

My first ever was a family computer - the Atari 400.  This might have been about 1979 or 1980.

You could plug game cartridges in or 'load' them from a proprietary tape player.

BASIC came with it on a separate cartridge.  As a family we spent hours typing programmable games in to discover they were either pants or didn't work at all.

Happy days!

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Re: What was your first computer?

Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:51 pm

For my first that I actually owned was a Commodore 64, with 1541 floppy drive, color monitor and the (horrible) MPS-802 printer. I had used TI-99/4A, VIC-20's, PETS, AppleIIc/e and TRS-80's before then either at friend's houses or in stores.

That was followed by an Amiga 500 (built the SCSI controller for that from plans in a magazine.)

Then a 386-DX-40, 486-DX2-80, 486-120, Cyrix 5x86, Athlon 1.2, etc.

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Re: What was your first computer?

Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:06 pm

Prometheus said:


I keep noticing this in most people's introductions, so I figured that I'd make a thread about it here in Off Topic. I've looked through the entire section, and can"t find a pre-existing topic in this vein, so…

What was your first computer?

Mine was a Commodore 64 (the later off-white coloured model), which I got when I was about five or six years old.

Whilst I never really got my head around programming (I don't have the mindset for it – I seem to struggle with learning any sort of second language, for some reason ), I learned several valuable lessons from having a computer of my own, like the need to treat things with care, the value of trying new things, and the very basics of telling a computer what to do from a command-line. The latter is what sometimes causes me to get a bit confused when I encounter people who have a fear of command-lines, as I just can't see what there is to worry about. (I didn"t really deal with GUIs until 1996, when my family got a computer with Windows 95 installed, and I remember all too well how incredibly confusing and unintuitive I found it.)

What was everyone else's?


My first was a ZX80 but I was on the verge of getting a Sinclair MK14 when the ZX80 was launched. I quickly dumped the ZX80 for the ZX81. The ZX81 I built from a kit. I used to keep a ball of wet cotton wool on the heatsink to prevent thermal shutdowns.

Just this Christmas, 3 days ago, my parents presented me with a present that turned out to be my old Beeb (re-gifting). With great excitement, I turned it on : it beeped and then popped as dense white smoke poured out.

I consigned it to the bin. I am sure that someone will say that was sacrilege. Sorry.

In the computer club at school I have happy memories of Commodore Pets and RM 380Zs.

I remember the time we found the address of the cassette relay on the Pet and spent a happy lunch hour playing tunes on it!!!

Very happy days.

I always fancies an Oric ... it was programmed in Forth ... or was that the Dragon 32?

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Re: What was your first computer?

Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:52 pm

I think that was the Jupiter Ace. I had an Oric Atmos and it was basic and assembler (6502)

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Re: What was your first computer?

Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:29 pm

Dragon 32...

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Re: What was your first computer?

Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:38 pm

The first computer that I was ever near (the family computer which children were *not* allowed to touch) was an old 386.  It had a Turbo button, a couple KB of ram, and no hard drive.

Many years latter I butchered a couple Compaq computers that had been donated to me to make my own PC.  It's clock speed was around 300 MHz and was a my pride and joy.

The first *true* PC I had was given as a Christmas present by my grandma, was 700 MHz and was a MillenniumPC it came with Windows ME and the first thing I did when I got it was downgrade to 98SE!
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Re: What was your first computer?

Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:50 am

Angus9LN said:

Just this Christmas, 3 days ago, my parents presented me with a present that turned out to be my old Beeb (re-gifting). With great excitement, I turned it on : it beeped and then popped as dense white smoke poured out.
I consigned it to the bin. I am sure that someone will say that was sacrilege. Sorry.


No! You should fit your Raspberry Pi into it!

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Re: What was your first computer?

Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:32 am

Acorn Atom, built from a kit back in 1980 iirc…. I had the 6522 upgrade, the full 12k of RAM and the floating point ROM.

@Angus9LN – rescue your beeb if you can still. The smoke out of the back is likely to be a simple fault on the power supply that can be fixed easily

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Re: What was your first computer?

Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:03 am

My first was a Sinclair ZX81 from an ad in a Sunday paper.  i was going to buy a 'fridge.....  Never did much on it and the program downloaded onto a cassettee recorder from Tomorrow's World didn't work.

Second was a Sinclair QL in about 1986 from Dixons while I was doing a distance learning course to get a teaching qualification in Computing.

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Re: What was your first computer?

Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:16 pm

My first computer encounter was in 1969 using a time share phone line and ASR33 teletype with punch tape reader.

Joni

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Re: What was your first computer?

Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:28 pm

MK14.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MK14   Bare metal programming.

Then ZX80.

BBC Model B - Elite and early wireframe flight simulators.

Then I got a job...!

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