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BigRedChief
12-19-2007, 12:21 PM
http://www.snopes.com/photos/technology/graphics/harddrive.jpg
http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/storage/images/PH0350A.jpg
Circa 1956. Weight over a ton.

A whopping 5MB of storage data.

http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/storage/storage_350.html

chasedude
12-19-2007, 03:54 PM
That one's a little before my time but I used to plot Van Halen pictures on this thing in grade school.

Apple IIc

SLAG
12-19-2007, 04:32 PM
my first PC was an EPSON EQUITY with a 286 and a Monochrome Green Monitor.

I tell u waht.. I miss windows 3.11 for workgroups

Saulbadguy
12-19-2007, 04:50 PM
This is going to turn in to a geek e-peen measuring contest.

"Well, back when I was a kid we had to write our own boot-loader and routines, using machine language!"

Frosty
12-19-2007, 04:51 PM
My first computer, complete with the 12K expansion RAM that was specially designed to fall out as soon as you finished entering in the long ass program.

http://oldcomputers.net/pics/ts1000.JPG

Simplex3
12-19-2007, 07:47 PM
My first computer, complete with the 12K expansion RAM that was specially designed to fall out as soon as you finished entering in the long ass program.
Yeah, you could try duct taping that f**ker on, but then the contacts would just become corroded and it would fail anyway. Did you ever try and save any of your programs to cassette tape? Saving them worked great. It was reading them back in that didn't.

BigRedChief
12-19-2007, 10:02 PM
That one's a little before my time but I used to plot Van Halen pictures on this thing in grade school.

Apple IIcI didn't get into computers until the mid 90's.

pr_capone
12-19-2007, 10:54 PM
My first evah computer...

IBM 8086
http://www.old-computers.com/museum/photos/ibm_pc_xt.jpg

From there I went to a 8088
http://www.zimmers.net/cbmpics/cbm/miscCPUs/pc10.gif

From there is was the PC Junior
http://www.myoldcomputers.com/museum/comp/museumpics/pcjr06.jpg

:D

Frosty
12-20-2007, 08:46 AM
Yeah, you could try duct taping that f**ker on, but then the contacts would just become corroded and it would fail anyway. Did you ever try and save any of your programs to cassette tape? Saving them worked great. It was reading them back in that didn't.

Yeah, I tried the tape thing. Even had a couple of commercial programs (including Frogger ROFL). You're right - it was pretty erratic.

jjjayb
12-20-2007, 06:35 PM
This was my first computer:

The Tandy TRS-80 Portable. They were tough as hell. My mom got pissed and threw it out the door and into the driveway. The case cracked but it still worked great.

http://www.trs-80.com/images/computer-model4px300.gif




I also had one of these that I really loved:


http://www.atarimuseum.com/computers/8BITS/XL/800xl/800XLF.jpg

KcMizzou
12-20-2007, 06:48 PM
TI99/4A

KcMizzou
12-20-2007, 06:51 PM
welcome screen

KCTitus
12-20-2007, 07:26 PM
my first computer was Coleco Adam. Did BASIC and LOGO programming on it as well as played Colecovision games. I think it had 64k total memory with Cassette drive. They did offer a 5.25" floppy drive, but it was $300.

My uncle had a Ti 99/4a that I used to work more BASIC on and then in High School worked on an Apple IIc...

pikesome
12-20-2007, 07:43 PM
My first was the Commodore 64. I found this picture and realized that every bit of kit in the picture we owned at one time or another.http://www.classiccmp.org/dunfield/c64/h/complete.jpg

RedandGold
12-20-2007, 07:46 PM
The first computer that I used in school:

http://www.old-computers.com/museum/photos/Tandy_Model4_Running_s1.jpg

TRS 80 Model 4

listopencil
12-20-2007, 07:52 PM
I remember using the TRaSh 80's in Junior High. I played text adventures, loaded from a cassette player. I still remember how impressive those micro floppies were. 1.4 MB? Holy crap! You could put anything on there!

Adept Havelock
12-20-2007, 07:58 PM
Ahhh..."Colossal Cave" on a PDP-11.



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Lzen
12-20-2007, 10:05 PM
Tandy 1000
http://www.old-computers.com/museum/photos/tandy-1000sl2_1s.jpg

listopencil
12-20-2007, 10:32 PM
The desktop I last purchased didn't come with a floppy drive. I didn't even notice until I got it home. I promptly bought an external one that plugged in to one of my USB ports for about $20. I barely use it but it makes me feel better.

listopencil
12-20-2007, 10:40 PM
Holy crap...I'd forgotten about Karateka. The dogs, the birds, the princess that would kill you if you ran up to rescue her...and if you put the diskette in upside down the game would play upside down.

http://www.webomatica.com/images/blog/2e/karateka_lg.gif

Cochise
12-20-2007, 10:42 PM
The first computer that I used in school:

http://www.old-computers.com/museum/photos/Tandy_Model4_Running_s1.jpg

TRS 80 Model 4

haha. I played Hunt the Wumpus on one of those, I think.

Adept Havelock
12-21-2007, 11:37 AM
haha. I played Hunt the Wumpus on one of those, I think.

I always liked Nukewar on the old Trash 80's. Nothing like an 8x8 grid of asterisks to represent the homeland!

Braincase
12-21-2007, 11:48 AM
First computer I had regular access to was a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_PET

It was in my high school. I had been around an IBM System 30 they had stashed at Kansas Wesleyan.

Before it was all over between Commodore and myself, I had owned a 64 and an Amiga before I went fulltime with MS operating systems.

Baby Lee
12-21-2007, 12:14 PM
My 5th grade teacher indulged my fascination with the TRS-80, and let me have all sorts of time with it.

First computer in the home was the C-64, with the floppy and the daisywheel printer.

Pestilence
12-21-2007, 03:55 PM
I started out on the Apple II E

Stewie
12-21-2007, 04:04 PM
Old? My first textbook for computers was Fortran Watfiv and done on punch cards.

88TG88
12-21-2007, 04:08 PM
I think my elementary school just barely got computers a few years ago. The first time I used a computer was in the sixth grade to play Oregon Trail.

Woodrow Call
12-21-2007, 04:17 PM
I think my elementary school just barely got computers a few years ago. The first time I used a computer was in the sixth grade to play Oregon Trail.

Same here. Also Oregon Trail is the shit.

jjjayb
12-21-2007, 04:26 PM
Same here. Also Oregon Trail is the shit.

I loved playing Lemonade in Computer class in junior high.

Baby Lee
12-21-2007, 08:10 PM
Old? My first textbook for computers was Fortran Watfiv and done on punch cards.
Moms ran punch cards for Bendix when I was wee.