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    • #48409

      KimKomando
      Keymaster
      @KimKomando

      Tell me about your first computer, where you got it, what you used it for, the best thing about it, the worst thing about it.

      Mine was a Compaq luggable. Compaq Computer Corporation introduced the first IBM-compatible portable computer in November 1982. It weighed about 25 pounds but it was sweeeettt.

    • #48425

      TeamKomando:John
      Participant
      @264458

      The year was 1997, Grandma gifted the family this Packard Bell multimedia machine. She wanted to make sure we were ready for a digital lifestyle. 🙂

      I remember setting up a camcorder to capture the process of re-installing Windows 98 with Best Buy support on the phone! Because you know, I had to break it a few times to figure out how it worked.

      Processor – 133MHz Pentium Processor
      Memory – 16MB, Upgradeable to 128MB
      Hard Drive – 1.2GB
      Graphics Chip – S3 64v+, 1MB Video Memory, upgradeable to 2MB
      Sound Card – Standard Packard Bell Sound/Modem Card
      Optical Drive – 6x NEC CD-ROM Drive
      Optical Connection – IDE/Atapi
      Floppy Drives – 1x 1.44MB 3.5″ Floppy Drive
      Expansion Slots – Unknown
      Operating System – Windows 95
      Navigator Version – Navigator 3.6

      Packard Bell

      • #49785

        Martin
        Participant
        @jmartin37066

        Requires Time travel. Radio Shack sold them. It had a math coprocessor button (Woohoo!). I can still “see” the cursor on the monitor. Done inputting? Double-check, yes! I’d push the “button.” Time… I did not sit and wait for the results. It would take maybe twenty minutes before I could print out the inventory information. From spreadsheet to databases and still using spreadsheets. We have come a long way together. Great question, Kim. Fun, dredging up old memories.

    • #48434

      BetaGary
      Participant
      @BetaGary

      My first computer was home-built with a 286 motherboard and DOS 3.1, later upgraded to Windows 3.1. It had 64K of RAM and a 20MB hard drive. It was built by another ham radio guy in trade for a ham radio antenna in 1992. My son taught me how to use it as he was in the 5th grade and had a Commodore 64.

    • #48438

      Walt
      Participant
      @128395

      Commodore 64.
      and I learned to program on it.
      That is that!!!!

      Move over Froger

      • #50104

        Barney Lerten
        Participant
        @barneylerten

        Did any C-64 user (like my late brother Pete) EVER buy software? I don’t think so;-)

    • #48552

      Thomas Wypa
      Participant
      @xray10

      Gateway. I bought it from HSN about 2001. Previously I had WEBTV.

    • #48690

      Dave Nicholson
      Participant
      @dknicholson

      TI-99/4, the first 16-bit home computers – I did not want the TRS80 (8-bit). Before IBM’s PC.

    • #48699

      Edward Cones
      Participant
      @EdInArk

      Mine was an 8088 clone. Darned if I can remember a brand. A friend put it together for me, and I used to to start my career as a Clipper programmer. Before that I was a bookkeeper, and that little 8088 jump started my career in computers. That was in the early 80s, and I retired in 2013 after 30 years in the computer field, the last 21 working support for a regional bank. That little 8088 was a life-changing experience.

    • #48866

      Karen Richards
      Participant
      @kmrdprdk

      My first computer was a birthday present from my husband. It was 1990 and we lived in Cairo, Egypt. My husband thought it would help me pass the time. There weren’t any computer shops there at the time, so the guys at his office built it from parts ordered from the states. It had a 1 mg hard drive and I can’t remember how much memory it had but it was in bytes not megabytes. No pictures, only typed words. I learned a lot on that computer. I also learned how to take it apart and put it back together and add components. I don’t miss it. By the time we came back to the states I was using Windows.

    • #49127

      Jim Robbins
      Member
      @JRobb

      My first computer was a commodore 20 with dos as Windows did not exist and we were excited to play pong on it. It was hard to do much when you had to educate yourself every step of the way.

    • #49181

      Mark Etzler
      Participant
      @mtech

      My first computer was the Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer, bought with my paper route money for $399, included 4k ram, later upgraded to 32k ram.

    • #49182

      cfi512
      Participant
      @cfi512

      Commodore Vic20, connects to TV as a monitor.

    • #49201

      Amiga Nerd
      Participant
      @AmigaNerd

      TRS-80, the time was during 2 yrs of electronic school. Later had an Apple IIe, then a Commodore 64. Also dealt with the Amiga 500 and the 1200.

    • #49237

      Gwen Werner
      Participant
      @Gwen Werner

      It had to be about 1982 or so. One of the first IBM desktops made….big box with a screen not so big.
      My boss came to town….set it on my desk….and left me with it. No training no book. The spreadsheet program then was Lotus 123. I figured out how to get into the program, but could not figure out how to exit for the longest time…. just had to turn the power off. Been learning all I can ever since. Of course, the most important thing I have learned over all these may years is….just about the time you catch on….they change it.
      Kim, you are the best!!!!

    • #49238

      Bob Praetorius
      Participant
      @NYCBob

      My first computer was the first TRS80 that was made. I used it with the phone modem , and visited many bulletin boards and made some friends. I played Scott Adams adventures, which was a lot of fun. I remember thinking my computer was broken when I subtracted.18 from 1 and the answer was .81999999 . I expected .82 as the answer I also purchased and subscribed ro Cload which sent me a cassette tape with programs on it on a regular basis. I don’t know how I was satisfied with just 16k of memory and wrote many programs in Basic. Someone said around that time that one day everyone would have a computer and we thought that would never happen

    • #49263

      Mike Sparks
      Participant
      @Msparks

      My first computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000 with expansion memory, thermal printer and a audio cassette recorder for media storage.

    • #49400

      WiGuy
      Participant
      @WiGuy

      My first computer was the Atari 800 I purchased in the early 80’s for almost $1000. At first I mostly played games on it like Star Raiders, but eventually bought an Assembly language cartridge and learned assembly language programming on the old 8-bit 6502 microprocessor.

    • #49502

      Susan Waters
      Participant
      @Icondoit

      My first was an IBM PC in 1990 with 1 MB of Ram. We made a big upgrade after a year to 2 MB of Ram. We were rich!!!! I was lucky because my son was a genius at computers. He created a program that used keyboards to make music. If it weren’t for him, I would still be typing!

    • #49628

      Diana Miller
      Participant
      @pharmacymom

      My first computer was a PC Jr, made by IBM. It was a hand-me-down from my sister in the early 90s. my children learned about computers and the 5 1/4 floppies used to run it.

    • #49656

      David Morgenthaler
      Participant
      @Tanker7901

      Texas Instruments 99/4a until TI troubles
      Followed by Commodore 64 until company went away
      Followed by Radio Shack 4P had two 5.25 floppy drives in it
      Several others

    • #49719

      Ebaldwin001
      Participant
      @Ebaldwin001

      I had a Atari 400. Games is all I remember and some programming. Moved up to Atari 800.

    • #49881

      cfi512
      Participant
      @cfi512

      First Computer; Commodore vic 20.

    • #49921

      Gerald
      Participant
      @108448

      Commodore Amiga 500. First bought it in 1988 great machine.

    • #50049

      Raymond Spangler
      Participant
      @WiscoKid

      The first computer I used for work was a compact lugable with the 9″ green CRT. It was a great computer. I ran data aquistion software, terminal emulation software, and some industrial automation programming languages. I remember how cool Xtree pro was. At about the same time I used a “Lunch Box” style computer as well. That one was a 286 and it was before mice were being used. They existed, but almost no programs supported them. I used my digitizer board as a mouse. Did you ever run a fractal video program to see how good your monitor was?

    • #50103

      Barney Lerten
      Participant
      @barneylerten

      Ah, bygone days. My cute lil Tandy 1000 (costlier than any computer one would buy now!) — with Deskmate, a color screen, a 300-baud modem (and you paid an arm and a leg to go online!)
      I was not too much later a beta tester for America Online (and who here remembers a great program called GeoWorks Ensemble).
      For those who I deal with in a rowdy comment section at our TV station who think everything was better 20-30 years ago, I say, ya know why? You were 20-30 years YOUNGER! Of course it was “better” in the eyes of youth.
      The stuff we have now is downright amazing – but that sense of discovery I shared with my late great brother Pete… was just wonderful

    • #50307

      Jerry E Boyd
      Participant
      @Jerryeboyd

      My first computer was an IBM 5110, 2 2.4 mb disk drives and 120 character printer at a cost of $20,000. Used in my CPA practice to do bookkeeping and prepare financial statements. I also thought that IBM would expand the use to home computing but they went the PC route. My next computer was a Compaq luggable at a cost of $3450.

    • #50479

      124629
      Participant
      @124629

      TI 994a 16 bit . Still have it and some of the program cards

    • #50655

      Ralph Celento
      Participant
      @Ralph_TX

      Mine was a Hong Kong special (I was in Japan) and I bought in 1987 a PC that everyone was buying. At work, we started off with CROMENCO and CPS Word Processors both had 8″ disks.

      The CROMENCO had a 10MB hard drive, 640K RAM, the box was 3 feet by 2 feet by 18 inches tall.

      Later the DoD purchased Zenith 100s, then 240Z. In 1991 while in Korea a Packard Bell for Home.

    • #50847

      David Hill
      Participant
      @dzhill

      # IBM-1130
      # I didn’t own it. I couldn’t touch it. I could sort-of see it through layers of special glass at my college.
      I could type out punch cards, which white jacketed (and masked?) techs collected.
      My clumsy Fortran IV card deck would return to my mailbox marked “syntax error”.
      The computer was a leased IBM 1130.
      The punch card chaff (punched out pieces) made terrific confetti.

    • #50897

      Wally Otting
      Participant
      @Wally

      My first computer was an IBM Aptiva from Radio Shack. Very slow. Little memory. 28K modem. But some very nice Bose speakers that I still have. Half hour to connect to the internet and up to two days to download a single picture. Used AOL to connect and that slowed me down too. I am on my forth computer now. HP notebook. $1200 computer for $747 at Sam’s Club. Not bad. Need to find out how to upgrade my processor in order to get Windows 11.

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