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Posted 04 February 2013 - 20:52

Epson with Windows 3.1. Then 98 SE in 2000.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 20:57

I got a Commodore 64 and a tape drive on Christmas day, 1984.

In retrospect, a few hundred dollars of 1984 money is an awful lot for parents to spend on a 12-year old kid. I'm not even sure they realized at the time it was going to pay off one day. For that, I'm eternally grateful.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 20:58

I had a Commodore Pet with a 4KB external memory expansion card the size of today's MB with a tape drive

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 21:00

1986 - My first computer was a Honeywell DPS-6. It was running the Pick OS. It had a 10" reel tape drive and a 132 column line printer. We had an IBM PC (4.7 MHz), an IBM AT and a couple of Wyse 60 terminals connected to it for access. Wow! do I feel old?

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 21:02

First exposure was an IBM System 3, first to actually own was a TRS-80 Model 1, later replaced with a Model 16 running Microsoft Xenix, that held me until the PC era started.
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 21:13

Recieved a Commodore VIC-20 as a christmas gift when I was 6, No tape drive just programming books for basic & a few cartriges with Pac-Man, Centipede & Donkey Kong. I started programming in basic the next year, I remember typing for 12-13 hours as a kid and my mom telling me i needed to unplug the machine for supper and loosing all my work (it didnt stop me though, it just made me type faster as to have time to play with my programs i made)

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 21:18

Coleco Adam


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Posted 04 February 2013 - 21:27

First computer I ever owned was a Packard Bell 486....245MB hard drive with 4MB of memory....and that was enough for me at the time. Not so much anymore.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 21:28

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A Sinclair ZX81, happy days :)

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 21:32

First useful computer I had was a Packard bell 133MHZ windows 95 computer, from circuit city.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 21:34

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My first computer was an Apple Macintosh Quadra 605. I still remember the day I got that computer.

It was the late summer of '93 before my fourth grade year, I saw my parents get out the car carrying the box and walking towards the house and my first thought was my dad was going to upgrade his word processor . So as he walked towards the front door and I said, "Cool Dad you bought a computer. Are you going to use that instead of the word processor?" After I asked, he stopped where he was and and he looked at my mom and then back at me shook his head and said, "This isn't a computer for me son, this is yours." I remember standing there completely shocked and started crying. My mom hugged me asking what was wrong and I told her how happy I was and this completely surprised me.

I later found out that my grandmother had purchased the computer for me and it was to help me in school. Besides using the computer to help in school, I played games on there, of course, and it was the first machine I started programming on. I programmed in BASIC and my favorite project I made was a simple text based, random encounter RPG. It had no story it was just a screen with a character's name, hp, mp, experience, and options of moving in four directions. I remember the days I would play and constantly tweak stuff in the game. Man that was a great time in my life. :)

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 21:37

I cannot remember my oldest machine - I remember the monitor could switch between green, white and orange. I do remember owning a 286 which was the first real machine that got quite a lot of use.

I also remember owning a 1x speed CD-ROM drive which was about 22" wide and just to put it into perspective a CD Player runs at 2x.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 22:04

Philips 286 10Mhz, 2.5 MB RAM, 40 MB MFM HDD, VGA graphics and Sound Blaster Pro

It was a hell of a beast back when I got it

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 22:09

Coleco Adam


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The Adam is famous for an incident connected with its showing at the June, 1983 CES. To showcase the machine, Coleco decided to demonstrate a port of its ColecoVision conversion of Donkey Kong on the system. Nintendo was in the midst of negotiating a deal with Atari to license its Famicom for distribution outside of Japan, and the final signing would have been done at CES. Atari had exclusive rights to Donkey Kong for home computers (as Coleco had for game consoles), and when Atari saw that Coleco was showing Donkey Kong on a computer, its proposed deal with Nintendo was delayed. Coleco had to agree not to sell the Adam version of Donkey Kong. Ultimately, it had no bearing on the Atari/Nintendo deal, as Atari's CEO Ray Kassar was fired the next month and the proposal went nowhere, with Nintendo deciding to market its system on its own.


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Posted 04 February 2013 - 22:14

I had some IBM 33 MHz desktop with turbo button for 66MHz. It ran DOS and Windows 3.1. I use to play Wolfenstien and Doom on it all the time. I remember helping my dad upgrade to Windows 95 because Y2K was coming :|