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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:01:26 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:03:42 PM EST
Tandy Model 4 which I don't have. I DO have a Model 4P. the "luggable" version.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:05:19 PM EST
Radio Shack TRS-80
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:05:52 PM EST
Apple IIe
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:06:11 PM EST
386

Noob.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:07:28 PM EST
TI-99/4a Learned BASIC on it, wrote to cassette tape, had a daisy wheel printer for it, but no word proc program, so had to write my school reports in basic on it, about a page at a time due to the tiny memory.

Good times.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:07:54 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/18/2012 6:08:37 PM EST by Wyzardd]
Sinclair ZX-81 kit with 8K RAM addition

I don't still have it tho
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:09:57 PM EST
Vic-20 as well with an Apple IIe later on.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:10:41 PM EST
C-64, don't have it anymore. Have an Amiga 500 I bought when I got back from Germany in '88.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:11:10 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/18/2012 6:13:54 PM EST by wintermute]
Can I count this?


In the early 90's, this is what I used to write my first Hello World program on it's "Large 4 line LCD" screen.

It came with cartridges that had different games, but they were ALL just Q&A trivia games. It came with instructions for writing programs like "What is my name?" "Who is the best person you know?" etc. But there was no storage so if you turned it off, you would have to re-write those 20-30 lines PERFECTLY all over again.

Couple of years later I got a 386 that ran Windows 95. It came with a CD that had moon lander! sweet!


The very first computer I ever used was a C-64 though. We had one at school for spelling tests. Load your 6" diskette, put the cassette in the tape deck, it would say the words and you spelled them on screen.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:11:27 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/18/2012 6:18:03 PM EST by fish223]
Commodore 64

Edit: got it 11th grade so that puts it in 1983.
Probably still in a box at my parents house

I heard they are re-releasing it faithful to the original
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:15:33 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:16:47 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:17:14 PM EST
Tandy something. Probably 1000. I played my Intellivision more than anything.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:17:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By Wyzardd:
Sinclair ZX-81 kit with 8K RAM addition

I don't still have it tho


I had the Timex version. Hacked it up and wired a real keyboard to it. Made a WORLD of difference.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:19:20 PM EST
Atari 800. Wish I still had it.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:21:46 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:22:17 PM EST
Commodore 64 with floppy drive. Got thru college with it. :)
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:24:23 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:24:45 PM EST
Commodore 64. Used it for gaming only. Didn't know what else it could do.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:24:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By Wyzardd:
Sinclair ZX-81 kit with 8K RAM addition

I don't still have it tho

I have a Timex Sinclair 1000 with the 16k RAM and thermal printer.

Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:27:42 PM EST
Mine was a Commode 64, and I had the tape drive also.

In high school I took a computer science class, which was just learning to program in BASIC (which I had already taught myself at home on the Commode, so I breezed through it). We used Trash-80s in that class.


Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:27:49 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:32:18 PM EST
I made my first one from a kit.



I wish I still had it.

You were smart to keep yours.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:33:36 PM EST
My first was a Timex Sinclair then moved on to a C64. I had that all the way into college.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:34:57 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/18/2012 6:35:10 PM EST by Thrasymachus]
My aunt still has her Apple Lisa.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:37:07 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:37:43 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/28/2012 6:56:48 PM EST by AMHsix]
...
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:40:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By AMHsix:
We had an Apple IIc

http://lifeinretroblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/apple2c.gif


Apple IIc
That was the first computer in my family too

Crazy how things have changed.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:43:40 PM EST
TI-99/4a was our family's first computer. Its been gone since the mid 80's.

My brother still has our SX-64 that we picked up when Commodore started liquidating them.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:43:58 PM EST
apple 2 plus
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:45:25 PM EST
Apple II+, still have it
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:50:19 PM EST
Originally Posted By Waldo:

Commodore VIC20. I still have it, tape drive and all.



that was also my 1st computer

the next one was the C64 boy what a step up that was
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:50:26 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/18/2012 6:51:27 PM EST by Chaingun]

Originally Posted By wintermute:
Can I count this?
http://www.blujay.com/1/525/3831270_s1_i1.jpg

In the early 90's, this is what I used to write my first Hello World program on it's "Large 4 line LCD" screen.

It came with cartridges that had different games, but they were ALL just Q&A trivia games. It came with instructions for writing programs like "What is my name?" "Who is the best person you know?" etc. But there was no storage so if you turned it off, you would have to re-write those 20-30 lines PERFECTLY all over again.

Couple of years later I got a 386 that ran Windows 95. It came with a CD that had moon lander! sweet!


The very first computer I ever used was a C-64 though. We had one at school for spelling tests. Load your 6" diskette, put the cassette in the tape deck, it would say the words and you spelled them on screen.

Had an embedded computer class with a lab. The lab time was a couple of hours and consisted of sharing 3-4 computers. I would get there late, having drove an hour or more from work, wait for my time, type part of the program, instructor now closes the lab, shut off computer without saving the program, and I start all over next lab period. Lord
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:52:03 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/18/2012 6:55:33 PM EST by DK-Prof]
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:52:05 PM EST
Originally Posted By Wyzardd:
Sinclair ZX-81 kit with 8K RAM addition

I don't still have it tho


Ditto here. They were glitchy little pieces of crap, but fun.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:57:13 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:59:46 PM EST
My uncle worked for TI and brought home a 99/4a. Earliest home computer I remember seeing. One of his son's was a programmer for some company that wrote French tax software and brought home the first IBM PC (Portable Computer). 7 inch mono screen, the size of a small suitcase, weighed about 50 lbs. We used it to play probably the first Star Trek video game. Involved plotting coordinates, speeds, etc. Anyone remember that one?

First PC I personally owned was a Packard Bell Pentium in '94 or '95. Prodigy, CompuServe, AOL... It had it all!! And yeah, I still have that thing sitting at the bottom of a closet.

Hell, the first full-time job I had out of high school was at TI assembling boards for the TI PC. That thing was actually top of the line at the time. Color display, voice recognition, blazing fast. It totally failed and we were all laid off... LOL
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 7:05:24 PM EST
Mine was (and I still have it) TI-99/4A with a tape recorder and speech synthesizer.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 7:07:32 PM EST
My first was one of these. I even had the cassette drive.

Link Posted: 11/18/2012 7:08:54 PM EST
We had a Franklin (iirc) I have no idea how much it cost.

First portable computer I remeber seeing was a friends mom. She had some Apple machine that would fit ina carry-on sized suit case.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 7:19:39 PM EST
The first one I got to play with was a DEC PDP-11, IIRC. I learned to program on it when I was 10. We printed out the code for Lunar and decided that if they could do it, we could do it, too. It was hard to make an entertaining simulation on a dot matrix printer with no monitor, so after I wrote a couple of crappy games (they did work, but they were awful.) I wrote a program to process checks and another one to manipulate the letters in words and compare them to a database.

Then in 1981 I decided that computers were prohibitively expensive. I said to myself, "No one is ever going to give a shit about this stuff," and studied English. I regard that as the most monumental fuckup of my life. Oops.

My own first computer was a Macintosh Plus, which I won because the WPU book store made me enter the contest to get a Matt Groening poster even though I had no desire to win the computer. I don't remember my handle on the boards on Compuserve, but I had a 20k hard drive.

I was a badass.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 7:27:40 PM EST

Originally Posted By Waldo:


l'll have to drag that old POS out tomorrow, wipe it down and take a pic tomorrow, just for shits and giggles.
Don't forget to check the cartridge slot for Ruger mags.

Link Posted: 11/18/2012 7:32:06 PM EST
Wait, they had computers before windows 98 came out?
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 7:58:14 PM EST
Originally Posted By Couch-Commando:
Wait, they had computers before windows 98 came out?


Thanks for making me feel old.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 7:58:53 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/18/2012 7:59:21 PM EST by FridgeBrilliance]
IBM PCjr.

ETA: I am 34. Elite!

Link Posted: 11/18/2012 8:18:14 PM EST

Originally Posted By Waldo:

Commodore VIC20. I still have it, tape drive and all.


I just threw a Vic20 away the other day. Are they worth anything?

My late father built a Sphere kit computer, tape drive and all. I programed space invaders into it. Talk about poor resolution.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 8:32:58 PM EST
Whippersnappers!

My first computer was an 8080 machine I designed and built myself with wire wrap on perfboard. It had 1K of static RAM, 8K EPROM (mostly empty), a 17-key keyboard made from calculator parts and a 4-digit, 7-segment LED display. Oh, and a toggle switch. I still have most of the chips, but the boards were scavenged years ago.

I had no schooling or training of any kind to back me up (the first computer ever seen in my HS was one that I brought in). Everything I learned came from Popular Electronics, the Digi-Key catalog, a smattering of books and a massive pile of datasheets, product guides, and app notes obtained by writing letters to every semiconductor manufacturer that had a mailing address. I typed a lot of letters on my dad's Smith Corona typewriter too.

Link Posted: 11/18/2012 8:40:59 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 9:03:10 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/18/2012 9:03:23 PM EST by Sixtigers]
Commodore Amiga2000. Still have it.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 9:06:22 PM EST
Originally Posted By SeanC:
Originally Posted By Couch-Commando:
Wait, they had computers before windows 98 came out?


Thanks for making me feel old.


LOL...remember how Windows 3.1 only had 17 or so floppies?
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