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Re: What was your first computer?

Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:24 pm

Prometheus wrote:
Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:12 am
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?
I know I’m quoting an old post but wow,my first was the C64 and I was 5 too.
Do you/anyone remember playing frak? Kickstart? Monty the mole? ET?
I remember my family and myself going to the bowlers carboot sale in Trafford park (Manchester) a bit late and a lady had a bin bag full of c64 games and gave them to my dad for nothing.
My dad had to do the language and commands for me and I remember once he programmed it using the manual to make gunshot noises-sounded like farting though that was no gun.
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Re: What was your first computer?

Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:16 pm

Does anyone remember GEOS on the C64? That was my first intro to a GUI.
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Re: What was your first computer?

Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:02 pm

A computer I properly used was a laptop for my 18th birthday with 256mb ram and running XP.
My first SBC was a Pi 2.

I'm not that old but I'm not that young.
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Re: What was your first computer?

Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:23 pm

A commodore 16 I believe, although I had used a DEC PDP 6 via teletype - timesharing with BASIC. We stored programs on punched paper tapes and all output was on a yellow roll of paper. We come a long way baby!
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Re: What was your first computer?

Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:40 am

My first computer was a Dell Pentium 2 Machine. I don't remember the model name exactly.

It was actually my older brother's. Belonging to a middle class family in a developing country, that was considered a privilege. lol

I can still hear the dialup sounds in my mind when I try to reminisce those days. I was only 9 years old. Used the dialup to play games on miniclip and used to paint on mspaint when there was no internet.

Those were the days lol

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Re: What was your first computer?

Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:34 am

A used DIY PC bought from the repair shop. Runs on Windows 7 and need to unlock the machine as it is still password protected.

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Re: What was your first computer?

Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:33 pm

Ha!

I once went to the Science Museum in Kensington and was bemused to find a pile of household junk on display including some early 8 bit personal computers. That puzzled me, I was used to visiting there and seeing steam engines and relics from the industrial revolution.

A few seconds later it hit me, I'm so damn old that those common or garden domestic items were now archaeological relics from an era that most museum visitors had never seen!

More disturbingly that we are no longer in a time when things like books, piano's, radio's, washing machines, cameras, etc, etc, would be in the family for 50 years, handed down through a generation or two. Nope everything goes in the land fill and in no time at all nobody knows that whole generations of technology ever happened.
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Re: What was your first computer?

Fri Oct 25, 2019 3:36 pm

Heater wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:33 pm
Ha!

I once went to the Science Museum in Kensington and was bemused to find a pile of household junk on display including some early 8 bit personal computers. That puzzled me, I was used to visiting there and seeing steam engines and relics from the industrial revolution.

A few seconds later it hit me, I'm so damn old that those common or garden domestic items were now archaeological relics from an era that most museum visitors had never seen!

More disturbingly that we are no longer in a time when things like books, piano's, radio's, washing machines, cameras, etc, etc, would be in the family for 50 years, handed down through a generation or two. Nope everything goes in the land fill and in no time at all nobody knows that whole generations of technology ever happened.
I believe the rule for the Computer History Museum (the one in California) is that they are interested in things that are at least 10 years old. Which means that--by their standards--early Pis will start being "museum pieces" in another 3 years....

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Re: What was your first computer?

Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:27 pm

You mean the Computer History Museum in Mountain View?

Fantastic place. They have a Cray, they have an Enigma, all kind of significant old stuff.

They have a PDP 1 running SPACEWAR! from 1961.

I was lucky enough to talk to the SPACEWAR! author Steve Russell whilst I was there.

I guess they have to snatch even 10 year old gadgets for the record as technology races ever faster from Chinese factory to land fill.
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Re: What was your first computer?

Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:12 am

Heater wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:27 pm
You mean the Computer History Museum in Mountain View?

Fantastic place. They have a Cray, they have an Enigma, all kind of significant old stuff.

They have a PDP 1 running SPACEWAR! from 1961.

I was lucky enough to talk to the SPACEWAR! author Steve Russell whilst I was there.

I guess they have to snatch even 10 year old gadgets for the record as technology races ever faster from Chinese factory to land fill.
Yup. That's the place. They also have what I learned to program on: IBM 1620. They had (on loan) a Babbage Engine for several years.

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Re: What was your first computer?

Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:29 pm

It was ZX Spectrum.

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Re: What was your first computer?

Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:14 pm

VIC 20 > Amstrad CPC 6128 > Amiga 500 > Compaq Pentium 66mhz something-or-other > Started building my own (mostly AMD Athlon based machines)

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Re: What was your first computer?

Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:49 am

Since I'm noob in names and everything relate to electronics, no way that my 6 years old kid or some (low number) years old will archieve so great memory from it.
I rember diving into pinball of the Windows XP.
Then I got more advanced stuff and I was impressed how time flies playing RTS games like Warcraft and Age of Empires. I remember setting a alarm clock to ring in 5 hours and always getting impressed how that machine make it so fast. Sitting on my feets and getting numb was easily that time.
Some months ahead we got internet and WOW that pirate Mu Online server was awesome. Can you imagine your best friend in a casual conversation (as kids) telling what game each other plays and we played the SAME GAME! Newbies to the point of making a 'date' in Davias (the snow city) near the guild guy and after some minutes of the set time, we phoned each other saying that we are not seeing no one. Just a matter of couple days to discover that he was playing the Webzen and mine was a alternative server.
Played for months in 10-14 FPS only with the blue and red color, light green.
Months later I discovered that my video card was pretty nice (128mb) but It needs to be software installed to work that bright-variation of colors and smooth FPS like my friends PC.
And times hidding the CPU with a heavy blanket to turn on the noisy internet dial into a more silenced one to start play throught the night.
Holy times, never was aware.

Not any spec but bytes of story maybe should soma in this off topic.

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Re: What was your first computer?

Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:03 am

I will not say the name for sure. But I remember exactly that there was a big mentor, an old keyboard, and then I liked him. Already funny now.

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Re: What was your first computer?

Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:52 pm

A Sharp MZ731 that had a cassette drive and a built-in cash register plotter.
It had a fantastic 64KByte Ram, and a TV output that could -with a trick- display a professional 80 characters, where all other devices could only issue 40 characters on a tv line!
It had only a bios ROM an you had to load the operating system in Ram (like professional computers) excepted that you did it with a cassette drive in roughly 8 minutes...
I used the savings of 2 months to buy a bare metal fantastic 360KByte diskette unit that allowed me to run CP/M.
Man, was I proud of it!
A year after I got a second drive and could run MS-DOS. I even got Windows 1.0 to run on it!

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Re: What was your first computer?

Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:37 pm

And a few years later, in the early 80ies, we had in the office a licensed clone of the Xerox PARC, the precursor of the Macintosh, with a graphical desktop, many fonts, eMail, a mouse, laser printers and cross site networking!

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Re: What was your first computer?

Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:40 pm

droid.magikarpi,

I'm so sad to hear that you missed your childhood.
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Re: What was your first computer?

Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:19 pm

MSI-6800 built from a kit, in 1977. Eventually upgraded to 48K of RAM on 6 large PCBs, 8K each! Initially used a paper tape reader/punch via a teletype (110 baud RS-232 anyone?) and finally got a 160K 5.25" floppy drive. Magic.

https://www.old-computers.com/museum/co ... st=1&c=732

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Re: What was your first computer?

Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:52 pm

Wow. Wonderful.

Was that really yours in 1977?. That machine plus memory expansion plus teletype plus tape punch/reader plus floppy would have been half my years salary after graduating in 1979.
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Re: What was your first computer?

Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:00 pm

Yes. It wasn't my personal computer though. I was a fresh-faced PhD student doing research with an SRC grant. It did cost £thousands in total, and I spent a lot of time soldering, and then programming in Basic and Assembler! Happy days. If only I had a Pi then.

(I guess I'm a couple of years older than you?!)

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Re: What was your first computer?

Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:16 am

A tad perhaps.

I was using a teletype, paper tape and BASIC, a connection to a remote mainframe via modem and acoustic coupler, from my technical college in 1974. Didn't get my hands on a micro-processor til I found myself wire wrapping a prototype SBC with a 6809 in 1980 or so at my first job.
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Re: What was your first computer?

Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:12 pm

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Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:16 am
I was using a teletype, paper tape and BASIC, a connection to a remote mainframe via modem and acoustic coupler...
That was my very first contact with computers in the university: a card puncher / reader a modem to a mainframe 60 Km away.
I wrote a Fortran program to calculate the frequency and phase response of an arbitrary R-C-L network, using imaginary numbers.
It could even plot the results with stars on a drum printer.

I sent the program and waited for an hour or two for my job to get out of the queue.
Between midnight and 3 o'clock.
During the day you could wait forever...

You changed the parameters by substituting punch cards (the cards containing the variables were another colour). High tech from the seventies...

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Re: What was your first computer?

Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:58 am

You were lucky.

Back in uni us humble students, especially those not on a CS course, had their jobs run over night. One had to wait till the morning to get the results back.

And... all our punch cards were the same colour!
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Re: What was your first computer?

Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:08 pm

eee... we used t'DREAM of punched cards! My first computer experience was a Ferranti Pegasus (valves, from the late 1950s) that had been pensioned off from the commercial/military world, or maybe the MoD itself, to the local technical college where it was used to teach us students in the early 1970s.

I think it had 8K words of magnetic drum storage at its core and... that was it.

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Re: What was your first computer?

Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:11 pm

reads like the "Four Yorkshiremen" monty python sketch. :mrgreen:

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