6 replies, 7 voices Last updated by Edward Cones 1 week ago
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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

    • #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

    • #48552

      xray10
      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.

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