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  • January 30, 2016 at 1:44 am
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    IBM – mini computer and CDC 6600 were the first computers I actually worked with. Both used punch cards.
    Then in undergrad punch cards and IBM S370 via a remote link.
    Then in grad school punch cards and then terminals.
    Then first teaching job Tandy Radio Shack micro computers.
    The first computer I actually owned was a TRS Model 100 (laptop) running Microsoft Basic.
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    . (years later 2016)
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    6 Apple computers, 3 Windows computers, 2 Raspberry Pi's
    and The Cloud 🙂

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  • February 5, 2016 at 3:17 pm
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    commodore 64… in the 90s lol

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  • February 12, 2016 at 6:33 pm
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    Compaq 386 with 4 MiB RAM. After that an Intel Pentium 133 MHz with 8 MiB RAM and 2 GiB HDD.

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  • February 14, 2016 at 8:30 am
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    The first truly personal computer I got is a Raspberry Pi 512MB. Wonderful little computer, made me learn Linux and programming, and introduced me to Quake3 (and the FPS genre in general)

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  • February 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm
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    GG441 Plop sounds like a gun from Borderlands.

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  • February 28, 2016 at 3:50 am
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    First computer I remember using was a Microbee machine Dad had borrowed from work. Don't remember much in the way of games, though I do recall it having an implementation of Nim. When I was in Year 4, I wrote my first program in BASIC on it. Two lines of code which played random notes. He later borrowed some DOS machine, and some time after that (late 1992 or early 1993, I'm not sure) bought a 486DX/33 with 8MB of memory running MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1. That one stayed with us till the end of 1999, when it was replaced with a Pentium III 500MHz machine running Windows 98SE. The machines since then all blur together, mostly AMD-based ones I put together myself from hardware ordered online.

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  • February 29, 2016 at 8:13 am
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    My first computer was Nintendo (family computer)

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  • March 5, 2016 at 12:44 am
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    Auntie's 4,77 MHz IBM PC running MS-DOS 4.01, with two 5.25 inch floppy drives, 16 color EGA and QBasic. My first own one was 12 MHz compatible, with a 20 MB hard disk and 256 color VGA (gasp!). I programmed some Turbo Pascal on that thing. Remember that horrible object-oriented extension?

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  • March 5, 2016 at 2:36 pm
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    my first computer was a commodore 64…. it's broken now.
    🙁

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  • March 19, 2016 at 5:54 am
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    my first computer was a intel pentium with windows XP, and here they are talking about pre-historic era computers… i feel like im 5 years old

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  • March 19, 2016 at 8:14 am
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    Prof. Steve Furber didn't say what microprocessor he built his machine around! I'd love to know what it was. The first machine I owned (not the family machine) was a Macintosh LC475. The battery was dead in it so to power it up you'd have to turn it on, let it chime, then turn it off and on quickly. Then it'd boot.

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  • March 19, 2016 at 6:49 pm
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    commador 64 & 386, was family computer, my first was a an emachine T-1000 😀

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  • March 23, 2016 at 3:45 pm
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    ORIC-1 16K

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  • March 24, 2016 at 3:43 pm
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    My first computer? It was a PSP. Yes, it was the first thing that allowed me to use the interner. Hell, I even installed Windows 95 on it.

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  • March 30, 2016 at 10:23 am
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    What was the first computer I learned to code on?
    …erm… a cough HP Pavillion 15

    Yeah, I'm a baby.

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  • April 27, 2016 at 5:59 pm
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    This video is beautiful

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  • May 3, 2016 at 11:33 pm
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    No one had Amstrad CPC ?

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  • May 5, 2016 at 5:30 pm
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    First PC i used was a Pentium 3. I feel ashamed of myself after watching this video.

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  • May 25, 2016 at 10:14 pm
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    A VIC 20 with a 3K Ram pack, followed by an Acorn Electron. The Acorn being the superior of the two.

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  • June 4, 2016 at 1:13 am
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    No apples??? Apple IIe writing BASIC

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  • July 15, 2016 at 4:46 pm
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    first computer was an amd 1700+ with 128 MB of ram and a radeon x1200… i'm only 23 😀

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  • July 21, 2016 at 8:46 am
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    The first computer I had was an Amstrad CPC6128. Great for BASIC programming. Although my primary school had got a Microbee a few years earlier, but I don't think it was used for anything. The principle had an Apple IIgs which my brother somehow got to use to do some "desktop publishing". To this day he is a Mac man…The first computer I ever saw was a mainframe my Dad showed me when he was studying computer science at university. I remember a big room with tape reels, guys in white lab coats, the lot. He had stuff like punch cards and perforated computer paper hanging around at home!

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  • September 2, 2016 at 1:14 am
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    Trs-80 color computer.

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  • November 16, 2016 at 7:24 am
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    a 2009 HP mini

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  • December 29, 2016 at 1:47 am
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    An amiga commodore……really
    My first computer was an amiga 500 and i got it in 2004 or 2005 (lol)

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  • January 15, 2017 at 7:16 am
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    I had a big white one.

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  • May 8, 2017 at 2:03 am
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    First computer I messed around with was the Timex Sinclair, then the 1st Apple II. But the first computer I bought for me was the Commodore 64… In fact, with its 3 voice programmable synth, I did a lot of my graduate work on it at the Center for Contemporary Music, Mills College, Oakland, CA.

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  • June 22, 2017 at 3:11 am
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    The first computer that was actually mine, and not something my Father had for work, or a friend had but let me use a lot, was a Franklin Ace 1000. It was an Apple ][+ clone. They, of course, were sued into nonexistence by Apple pretty much as soon as they started making them. I got it used in 1984 or '85 as a birthday gift. Before I had the Franklin, my Father had a Wang 2200 computer at work, and had a Wang terminal at home, with a 300-baud modem, which I would use to dial in to the 2200 at his office, and write programs and such in Wang Basic. And a friend down the street had a Commodore 64, which he would let me use pretty much whenever I wanted. But the Franklin Ace was the first computer that was actually mine.

    When I went to college in 1988, a friend of the family gave me an IBM PC 5150 — fully upgraded with 640K RAM, CGA color, two serial-ports, one parallel port, a battery-backed up real-time-clock (yes, that was an option!), a 1200-baud external modem, and an external 20MB hard-drive (with a 60MB tape backup!!).

    The first computer that I actually purchased with my own money was in September of 1989 — a 386 DX 25Mhz CPU, 2 MB of RAM, two 80 MB SCSI HDDs, VGA color (with, if I recall correctly, a 15" monitor), one of the earliest versions of Microsoft Word, and Windows 2.11!!! It was an insanely expensive machine — like $3K or something. Ridiculous.

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  • June 25, 2017 at 12:09 am
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    My first computer was an abacus

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  • June 28, 2017 at 12:42 pm
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    Could you make videos about punch card programming?

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  • June 29, 2017 at 10:44 pm
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    The 80286 had some weird mode switching. Or rather it had not. Making it somewhat difficult running "real" operating systems with real mode and protected mode. I don't remember the details as I never wrote operating systems. And Microsoft had abused a software interrupt that Intel had reserved for later use. It was used in the BOUNDS instruction. Thus that instruction should not be used on an MS-DOS machine. It normally caused the machine to crash and a BIOS message to appear, I think.

    I remember that I wrote a rather ugly batch file for MS-DOS for taking backup on loads of 3½" floppies. It worked. We later used it at work for packing and distributing updates to customers.

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  • July 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm
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    The 80286 was a 16/24 bit CPU, not 32 bit(though the 386 most definitely was 32 bit through and through)

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  • July 15, 2017 at 5:49 pm
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    Sharp MZ80K ☺

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  • July 26, 2017 at 6:45 pm
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    First computer Atari 800 48K (wow), didn't have any games for a while so got into programming instead & never looked back. Jumped from BASIC to 6502 assembler, happy days. (That's actually crap, my first "computer" would have been an abacus but let's not split hairs 🙂

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  • July 26, 2017 at 7:02 pm
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    Right at the end GEM was mentioned. Wasn't that the Graphic Environment Manager for the Atari ST? If so you couldn't have had DOS installed beforehand.

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  • August 2, 2017 at 12:56 am
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    Moder 1 TRS-80 upgraded to level 2 basic and 48K ram. Also doubled clock speed. All programming done in assembler. Home made voice synth and sound synth. Had Z80 processor. Wish I still had it.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 6:01 am
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    TRS-80 Model I — (z80 @ 1.77 MHz) 48K RAM in 1979 (I was 14).

    Started in programming 1977 hanging out at a Radio Shack (RIP); taught myself BASIC then z80 assembly. The rest is history — still working in tech.

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  • September 15, 2017 at 11:26 pm
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    First owned: An 8-bit Northstar Horizon computer running Northstar DOS.
    First used: HP 2000.

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  • September 19, 2017 at 8:13 pm
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    My first computer was a Compukit UK101 (if I'm not counting the Texas TI-58).
    8kB Microsoft BASIC, 8kB RAM, 2kB machine code monitor for the 6502 processor. External storage: cassette recorder through a 300 Baud interface.

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  • October 2, 2017 at 2:36 am
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    0:18 A book on “Al-Qaeda” to one side, and “Teenagers” on the other. Which is scarier…

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  • October 2, 2017 at 2:38 am
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    1:24 Someone who has no recollection of Life Before Linux …

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  • October 2, 2017 at 2:56 am
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    14:03 The ’286 was never (“nominally” or otherwise) a 32-bit chip.

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  • October 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm
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    TRS80

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  • October 25, 2017 at 9:18 pm
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    first home computer: msx-1

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  • November 1, 2017 at 12:37 am
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    I was to poor to afford a computer when I wanted one but it would have been an SCMP/14. first computer used was an ICL 1904s

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  • November 1, 2017 at 1:22 am
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    The first computer I used, that my family had, was a Packard Bell running Windows 3.1. My first computer that was mine was a Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop. My school had Apple IIs and 128k Macs, which got replaced with iMac G3s around 2000.

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  • November 1, 2017 at 6:32 am
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    The first computer I owned was a second hand IBM PS/2. 8088 with 1meg of RAM, 20meg HD, and monochrome screen.

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  • November 3, 2017 at 6:42 am
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    At 0.51, Acorn Electron with 16k of ram? Mine still has like all standard Electron computers, 32k.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 7:39 pm
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    First computer I used was an Apple IIe in the high school lab.
    First I owned was an Atari 800. Programming with the BASIC cartridge.
    Used VAX then mac + in university.

    First "real" computer was an AMD 386 40 with a math co-processor. 4 meg of ram and a Kalok 100 meg hd.
    Home made cost me about 2000$

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  • November 8, 2017 at 4:08 am
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    Vic 20

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  • November 11, 2017 at 5:36 am
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    Compaq Presario

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  • November 18, 2017 at 2:28 pm
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    3 bit digicomp from Sears – 1968

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  • December 1, 2017 at 9:38 am
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    Sinclair ZX-81 … a very portable computer !!!

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  • December 9, 2017 at 12:13 pm
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    used – pdp-11 running fortran iv [iii?] via card reader. owned – [email protected], 16kB RAM.

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  • December 9, 2017 at 4:17 pm
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    Commodore 128D

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  • December 12, 2017 at 9:04 am
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    ZX Spectrum Plus 3 with built in floppy drive. Bought that after playing on the original Spectrum, remember playing Daily Thompson’s Decathlon bashing the rubber keys to get the character to run.

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  • January 9, 2018 at 7:20 pm
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    I went through the same GEM troubles on an Amstrad PC 1640, with HDD, 3.5inch and 5 1/4" floppy! The HDD was on a bracket inside. Brings back memories of GEMpaint and commander keen! I can remember buying an Amiga magazine for the floppy disks which were pure eye-candy, obviously, I soon learned they were not readable!

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  • January 10, 2018 at 8:41 am
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    Commodore VIC-20. Played with BASIC, but then got a Commodore 64 and learned machine language. Actual 6510 opcodes, not assembly code, because I didn't have an assembler until I wrote one.

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  • January 10, 2018 at 5:32 pm
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    I think it was Amstrad PC compatible, 8086 or something with EGA display and no HDD, just A and B FDDs. It was small computer club with just two of them and one TV game. I played (mostly saw) games like Karateka, Bad Street, Barbarian, Digger, Xonix, Toppler. And when I saw Deathtrack it blew my mind!

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  • January 16, 2018 at 4:38 pm
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    I dont know, my brother and i inherited it from our uncle, it was fast though, and ran Diablo 2! and had windows 95. After that it was another one my brother and i inherited from our dad's work, had 256 MB Ram and could just about run Halo CE in 2007 😀 The disk for which i bought off of a 6th year who was leaving the boarding house at the end of the year 😀

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  • January 19, 2018 at 10:55 pm
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    ZX81 compatible , 2k

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  • February 14, 2018 at 9:43 pm
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    TRS 80, followed by an Amiga 500!!!! I love this video, enjoyed every second of it. Had friends with C64’s, C128’s, ZX Spectrum, MSX and Dos machines… good times…

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  • February 19, 2018 at 6:41 pm
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    Tandy TRS-80 brand new in 1980.

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  • February 19, 2018 at 7:02 pm
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    Dell Studio 1555 but I was born later than most so it was when I was really young (about 5-6 years old when I played toon town) but the oldest computer I've used was probably our old school computers they ran like windows 2000 or XP I can't remember.

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  • February 28, 2018 at 9:45 am
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    Apple II, in 1979. First I ever |used| ran the Kronos OS, so I guess it was a CDC 6000~. I still have the redbook from the Apple, though the computer itself is long gone. I entered '3d0g' I can't guess how many times, but still recall it. loved that sweet-16 assembler monitor.

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  • March 1, 2018 at 1:16 pm
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    mine was a spectrum 48k

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  • March 9, 2018 at 1:47 am
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    Z-80 Timex Sinclair in the U.S. Man it had 1K of memory. I used to program that thing and fill up the memory all the time. 1K even in assembly is a small program and i filled it up all the time. That membrane keyboard sucked. 4 different fucntions for each key. Awwwwwe man it was aweful but in 1980-81 it's all you had.

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  • March 16, 2018 at 2:39 pm
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    1:38 these high pitched sounds are annoying xd

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  • March 25, 2018 at 8:53 pm
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    First one I remember using was an iMac G3. 64MB of RAM with a 7GB Hard Drive

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  • March 28, 2018 at 3:08 am
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    Radio Shack model 1. Don't remember if it was a 4k or 16k model.

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  • April 1, 2018 at 2:11 pm
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    The first computer I ever used was my father's Ambra Sprinta 486. If I remember correctly, it had wolfenstein on it.
    The first computer I ever owned was cobbled together from the local skip. It had a 300mhz Cyrix CPU, 32 megabytes of RAM and a 1GB HDD; it was rather friggin' useless, for my purposes… as was the prevailing method for connecting to the internet, the 56k modem.

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  • April 7, 2018 at 5:36 pm
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    Lambda8300

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  • April 15, 2018 at 2:49 am
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    I grew up using three different computers. My parents had a Commodore 64 when I was born in 1990 and my uncle gave them his Amiga 500 in 1992. Then they bought a PC in 1995 and I remember having great fun figuring out how to use DOS with my mother.
    I still have all three computers, I use them all regularly, and they still work perfectly.

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  • April 24, 2018 at 5:06 pm
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    TI-99/4A

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  • May 1, 2018 at 10:43 pm
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    All i know was it was hp and had windows 98

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  • May 4, 2018 at 4:16 pm
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    My first computer was a Challenger 6502 system. These were kit computers. Consumer computer cases were not on the market, and the other sort were much too priced for a university student, so I built the case out of wood. I eventually wrote an assembler for it (with 2 character codes for the commands because it fit into a table more easily). I grew to love the 6502 machine code, though my favorite is still the PDP-11 assembly code. Eventually I expanded it to 18k of RAM (huge for the time) and an 8" floppy drive that holds much less than an SD card.

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  • May 11, 2018 at 3:50 am
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    1958 thinkatron

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  • May 13, 2018 at 6:21 pm
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    I had a texas Insruments TI99-4A and later a Texas Instruments Professional Computer, or TIPC as it was known. I believe it had an 8088 processor and it ran DOS and TI BASIC. I bought it used for a thousand dollars back then, the original owner having paid almost ten thousand for it new! It had the monstrously huge optional 10MB Winchester hard drive along with RGB color monitor and 5 1/4 inch floppy drive. I had Microsoft Flight Sim ver. 1.0 which was a special version for the TIPC which was not fully IBM compatible. You could run some IBM software by using an "emulate" function which emulated the IBM PC to an extent.

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  • May 23, 2018 at 2:12 am
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    Misleading title

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  • May 24, 2018 at 10:09 pm
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    1st mainframe I programmed on : Univac 1108 U of U Computer Science / Engineering (1974)
    1st minicomputer DEC PDP 11/08 U of U Chemistry Dept (1974)
    1st SBC microcomputer / single board computer National Semi SC/MP with Teletype ASR 33 (1976)
    1st "home" computer Apple ][ 16k black and white 1978 – and I still have it !

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  • May 29, 2018 at 2:55 am
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    Radio Shack Color Computer, 4k of RAM I eventually upgraded to 16. I should have bought an Atari 400, live and learn.

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  • July 8, 2018 at 7:52 am
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    1965 Stantec Zebra at Bradford University UK – Discrete semi-conductors – 5 and 8 hole paper tape – first use of Algol 60
    1966 English Electric Deuce -Nelson Research Laboratories, Stafford, UK VALVE computer – Deuce Alphacode language.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 3:37 am
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    Surprised at how many comodors

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  • July 28, 2018 at 5:38 pm
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    AMD K6-2 333mhz

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  • August 12, 2018 at 11:51 am
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    Mine was whatever the mac was that played Oregon trail and "Where in the World is Carmen San Diego" back in grade school.

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  • August 24, 2018 at 9:30 pm
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    Sinclair ZX81, QL main prog learning, x86 from then on.

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  • October 8, 2018 at 8:09 pm
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    Sanyo MBC-555

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  • October 25, 2018 at 8:30 am
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    My first computer was an Amstrad CPC 464, with tape deck, I used to get a magazine every month and it would have the commands to write basic games. At school we used BBC MicroComputers and Archimedes computers

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  • November 14, 2018 at 2:36 am
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    TIL: Dr. Kernighan is Canadian. i never realized why i liked him so much.

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  • December 9, 2018 at 3:11 pm
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    My first computer was on windows xp in a laptop.

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  • March 1, 2019 at 12:06 am
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    First used or first owned?
    first used: pdp8/I running focal
    first owned: atari 800

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  • April 17, 2019 at 12:27 pm
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    The acorn electron was 32k not 16k. The electron was also my first computer. Followed by an Archimedies A310

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  • April 19, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    my first computer texas instrument Ti99-4A 16k ram you would have to plug it in the tv and it was a gaming console also

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  • April 21, 2019 at 11:20 pm
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    TRS80 16k

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  • May 6, 2019 at 10:48 pm
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    Gateway solo 2100 notebook with Windows me

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  • May 22, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    I don't know what it was anymore, my father put the parts together, ran for years without any problems and was only recently retired due to being replaced by a newer one.

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  • May 24, 2019 at 8:12 pm
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    The first computer that I ever saw and programmed was an Hewlett-Packard 2114A with 8K byes of magnetic core RAM, 2K of which was "protected" to avoid having to reload the HP BASIC interpreter each morning, leaving 6K for user programs. The terminal was a Teletype Model 35ASR and the computer, mounted in a rack, also had an HP 2748B high-speed paper tape reader and high-speed paper tape punch. That was in 1971-1972 and the machine belonged to a local community college.

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  • May 26, 2019 at 8:34 am
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    My first computer was an Apple //e. I taught myself how to program in Applesoft BASIC on that computer.

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  • June 28, 2019 at 12:48 am
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    Robert myles, the second video

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  • August 6, 2019 at 9:53 pm
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    trs-80… radio-shack

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