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    Your First Computer What was It?

    I want to here about everyones first piece of kit they bought, and why they would (or would not as the case may be) still use it today.
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    Sinclair ZX-81 with the optional 16KB ram pack.

    Nice cheap computer and since it was almost impossible to load/save stuff (to a tap recorder no less) it virtually forced the user to learn how to code.

    Then I traded up to an Acorn BBC Micro B which had an awesome 64kb to play with and managed to fit a speech synthesis program into half that!
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    This thing cost me more than the comp I'm using now did.

    http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?c=68
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    First computer I ever *used* was some Apple thing (hey, I was about 4 at the time or something).

    First one I did something useful with was a BBC B First computer I ever personally owned (and still have it!) was an Acorn Electron, kind of like a cut-down BBC. Great for programming though (I love BASIC and assembler).
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    The first computer I ever used was a 8088 or something like that.
    The first computer I ever owned was a 386.
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    The first computer I ever used was an Amiga (spelling).

    The oldest computer ever was an old Micro Bee (I think that's it's name).
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    1985, Texas Instruments Home Computer. With a Voice Synthesizer, but no Floppy Drive. Had to do with normal Audio Tapes. I began with a Laptop! Miss it so!

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    In roughly the order I had them:

    Sinclair ZX-81 with the optional 16KB ram pack (stuck on with velcro)
    Commodore 16
    Commodore Plus 4
    Dragon 32
    Acorn Electron
    BBC B
    Commodore 64
    Amiga 500
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    amstrad cp64k green screen, tape recorder

    was about 5 or 6 at the time, mainly for games, very basic programming like drawing pictures on the screen.

    it was gr8

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    First computer I ever use was the Robin. It had two 5.24" drive bays on it.
    Then I had an apricot after that.

    I also used some of the machines in my dad's work - AT&T's plant in Bray in Ireland.
    They had some nice kit

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    Compaq - 586 97mhz, a lovely computer.

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    Compaq
    Suck

    amstrad cp64k green screen, tape recorder
    I haven't hear that one in awhile.
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    Originally posted by Nightwalker83
    Suck

    Actually, it was a great system.

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    Apple II+

    Started programming with ApplePASCAL and AppleBASIC.

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    Well I never owned it, but when I started Uni in the '70s, they had a second-user IBM360 on which I learned Fortran using punched cards, which was fun when you dropped them and had to get them back into order.

    Before that, I had a Faber-Castell slide-rule.

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    Originally posted by Pc_Madness
    Actually, it was a great system.
    The compaqs at my old High School were crap.
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    The Compaq I had at work running NT4 was dead nice. I stayed logged in for 85 days, heh.
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    Originally posted by Pc_Madness
    Compaq - 586 97mhz, a lovely computer.
    you must be young...

    1st used: don't remember
    1st owned (well...through my parents, but hey): 386, ~15 Mhz or so? Played simcity classic all the time
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    I had a Dragon32 but then upgraded(!) to a BBC Master.

    Whatever happened to the clunky keyboard?

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    My friend owned an Amiga

    I'm not sure whats the oldest computer I used but I was in kinder garden. I remember there was a big black ball at the top right corner of its keyboard .

    I rememeber, at the beginning of this year, My computer class threw about 15 XTs in the dumpster at the back of the school.

    My first computer was a 386 clone, 33mhz, about 10 to 16 MB RAM, 450MB HD. I then upgraded it to a 486, 66 mhz/32mb ram .

    My next pc was and still is, a P4 1.5GHz, 256mb ram.

    Big difference eh? it was a relief

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    Atari 520 STFM

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    first one that I owned was a 386
    first one that I used.......aah I was too young to remember it probably a commodore? a 286?
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    First owned was a Commodore 64


    First used was a Commodore PET in our school library.
    There was a very cool Snoopy vs Red Baron math program
    and the classic, Lemonade stand.
    Merry Christmas

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    theres a lemonade stand java game on the net
    http://www.lemonadegame.com
    I used to play with that game

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    The first computer I used that was my own was a 80386 SX 25mhz from 1991, 80 mb harddisk, 256k video card, 4 mb ram, 3.5 and 5.25 inch diskdrives.

    The first computer I used (not counting an Atari game console from 1985/1986) was a 8088 or 8086 from around 1987 with a Hercules??? monochrome video card and a harddisk.
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    TRS-80 coco2
    (http://www.old-computers.com/museum/...asp?c=508&st=1)
    Had the audio tape for a hard drive (sucked) Write a program all day long and save it to the tape... just to never get it back... very frustrating for a 6 year old. I didn;t touch another computer for almost 14 years after that.
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    Apple II for practice. The real one was a Commodore 64

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    Looks like I came in computer world late then u guyz...in 1993

    Pentium 60 MHz (Turbo makes it 90 MHz)
    16 MB Ram
    500 MB HDD
    Floppy
    CD-Rom
    Basic Sound System
    Basic Graphics

    Thats all I can remember...

    Now I own

    P III 800 MHz
    512 MB RAM
    100 GB HDD
    Sound Blaster Live
    Matrox Millenium G450 DuelHead Graphics
    Netgear FA312 10/100 NIC
    Realtek 10/100 NIC
    500 W Speakers
    MS Mouse
    MS Keyboard
    Motorola CABLE Modem
    56 KBPS Standard USB Modem
    DVD - ROM
    CD - ROM
    CD - Burner
    Floppy
    Webcam
    Netgear 10/100 Full duplex switch 5 port

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    The Compaq I had at work running NT4 was dead nice.
    The keyword in there is dead.
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    My first computer was an XT(X-T?) ... or a 286

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