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Offline Totro

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Your First Computer ...?
« on: August 09, 2005, 07:14:21 AM »
Mine was a TANDY TRS 80 with 16k  YES "k" of memory - and that was souped up - the standard model had 8k!

But remember, the original Lunar Landing Module had only 32k of memory (from memory LOL)

Mass Storage was my Sony portable casette tape recorder - but again remember - even Main Frame Computers only had Tape Spools as their Mass Storage!

On that machine I taught myself MS Basic and became a DOS whiz ... It really was fun and Fast! (long before "bloatware" OS's came along - with their so called user-friendly GUI's - including the monumentally disastrous first version of Windows LOL.

I had a lot of fun on that machine and learned a lot - even wrote among other things my own Space Invaders proggie (all done with screen addresses via PEEK and POKE in those days.

What was your first one like? (Computer I mean ... )  :shock:

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Re: Your First Computer ...?
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2005, 07:51:09 AM »
 :breakkie: I took over my sister's old Micron with Windows 95. It had a whopping 24 rams! From there I went to a refurbished IBM with 64 rams and a Pentium II Processor  350 MHz, Windows 98SE, 6 gigabyte hard drive. Then I finally bought my new Dell with XP SP2 512 rams with 40 gigabyte harddrive and a Intel Celeron Processor 2.40 GHz :gwave:

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Re: Your First Computer ...?
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2005, 08:58:29 AM »
I was initiated on my son's Commodore 64 which he'd bought with his own hard earned money at age 12 or 14. The next year, he had his first real summer job and kept every penny for switchin to a Radio Shack more sophisticated machine. Every time he changed, I bought his old one to help out and that's how I got caught! I finally bought my very own first brand new one in 97, a Pentium 166mhz with 32mb for memory!!!  I thought that was a Cadillac!!!  :D

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Re: Your First Computer ...?
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2005, 09:04:40 AM »
My first computer was an Atari St 520...... Good times

The first Pc was an Amd 486/dx4 100 mhz with 8 mb ram, a gigantic harddrive with 512 mb and Windows 3.11 :D

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Re: Your First Computer ...?
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2005, 10:57:14 AM »
IBM PC 5150 with a 4.77 MHz Intel 8088 microprocessor and optional 8087 math coprocessor, running IBM-DOS.

It came with 64 KB of memory on the motherboard, which I increased via two 256k cards. It had two 160 KB 5.25'' floppy disk drives and a monochrome green monitor (320 x 200 CGA).

Never had any issues with spyware though ...  :o
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Re: Your First Computer ...?
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2005, 12:21:25 PM »
My first computer was a Packard Bell.  Pentium I 75Mhz.  64MB RAM.
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Re: Your First Computer ...?
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2005, 02:12:45 PM »
first computer was a "homebrew"
used a motorola 6800 microprocessor and i had 8 K of memory (1 X 1k chips cost $2 each in early 70's)

and i had it interfaced to a asr33 teletype.

i could use the papertape to save and load programs at 10 bits/sec ;-)
the OS... hehe was "tiny basi"c by tim putman and the os cost $15 for papertape !

ity was long before "the salesman" bought out DOS

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Re: Your First Computer ...?
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2005, 03:02:34 PM »
First "computer" was a Amstrad CPC464 with 64K RAM.  8)

I thought I struck gold when my mum got me it :o


Then moved onto a Cyrix 133, 450MB HDD 16MB RAM

Then a PIII-450 128RAM. 17 GIG HDD

Started building my own pc's after that.

Now I have a P4 3Ghz, 512M Ram, 160G & 120G HDDs

My how things have changed :D

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Re: Your First Computer ...?
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2005, 07:04:34 PM »
Lucky for some of us mine was a simple HP Pavillion 500MHZ desktop PC with a very generous 64MB of RAM. In fact sits right here next to this one with Win98 on it, it also has XP but only for novelty.

I been associated with and/or had friends that introduced me to the old tape computers of long ago but never bothered to actually have one untill running across, get this, of all things, a Yard Sale! PC FOR SALE: 200, i made an offer of 150 and hence began my internet journey. Not one week later joined Lavasoft Support to help rid the box of porn programs that wouldn't go away, and never strayed from all those wonderful folks who in fact make up this very Landzdown Forum.

Thanks Gals & Guys for making my experience with computers one of not only interest but of fascination and now FUN!

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Re: Your First Computer ...?
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2005, 09:26:56 PM »
The first computer that I ever got to play on was called the Straw Hat and it was the size of a complete room. I was in the service and it was around 1969. My first PC was a hand me down from my dad and it was a 286 I believe with 4MB RAM.
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Re: Your First Computer ...?
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2005, 09:38:20 PM »
oh shucks i thought we posted about the first one we owned hehe
my first system was vacume tubes, no hard drive it had "drum drive"
ic's weren't thought of yet so was done with peanut tubes.
a hint a old 7474 ic would have two jk flipflops in it and was the size of a cigarette filter. well that was done with 2 pc cards and about 10 peanut tubes and associated resistors caps and such, and we had to have a super air conditioner system to keep it cool back in 64 !

quite often you would just remove the covers and hunt for the tube that wasn't glowing, so with a few thousand vacume tubes the reliability was something like 4 hrs between maintenance

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Re: Your First Computer ...?
« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2005, 09:47:48 PM »
This is not about computers but you bring back memories about the old tube days. We used to use R390 radio receivers to copy morse code from and we would put a lit cigarette near one of the tubes and then call the Mat Men to come and fix it when it stopped working whenever we wanted to take a break.. Unfortunately, it didn't take them long to figure that trick out.
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