March 14, 2021 at 3:27 pm #48409
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.
March 15, 2021 at 10:11 am #48425
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
July 11, 2021 at 12:34 pm #49785
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.
March 16, 2021 at 1:35 pm #48434
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.
March 17, 2021 at 4:50 pm #48438
and I learned to program on it.
That is that!!!!
Move over Froger
March 27, 2021 at 1:20 pm #48552
Gateway. I bought it from HSN about 2001. Previously I had WEBTV.
April 12, 2021 at 3:57 pm #48690
TI-99/4, the first 16-bit home computers – I did not want the TRS80 (8-bit). Before IBM’s PC.
April 14, 2021 at 8:00 am #48699
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.
April 28, 2021 at 7:10 pm #48866
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.
May 19, 2021 at 9:36 am #49127
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.
May 22, 2021 at 5:57 am #49181
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.
May 22, 2021 at 8:07 am #49182
Commodore Vic20, connects to TV as a monitor.
May 22, 2021 at 10:55 am #49201
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.
May 23, 2021 at 5:23 pm #49237
Gwen WernerParticipant@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!!!!
May 23, 2021 at 8:26 pm #49238
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
May 29, 2021 at 12:21 pm #49263
My first computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000 with expansion memory, thermal printer and a audio cassette recorder for media storage.
June 5, 2021 at 1:39 pm #49400
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.
June 21, 2021 at 4:41 pm #49502
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!
June 26, 2021 at 7:51 pm #49628
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.
June 30, 2021 at 6:07 am #49656
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
July 6, 2021 at 1:45 pm #49719
I had a Atari 400. Games is all I remember and some programming. Moved up to Atari 800.
July 17, 2021 at 8:27 am #49881
First Computer; Commodore vic 20.
July 23, 2021 at 6:24 am #49921
Commodore Amiga 500. First bought it in 1988 great machine.
July 28, 2021 at 12:42 pm #50049
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?
August 5, 2021 at 1:25 pm #50103
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
August 20, 2021 at 1:30 pm #50307
Jerry E BoydParticipant@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.
September 1, 2021 at 11:32 am #50479
TI 994a 16 bit . Still have it and some of the program cards
September 19, 2021 at 10:09 am #50655
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.
October 3, 2021 at 11:40 am #50847
# 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.
October 5, 2021 at 6:08 pm #50897
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.