Your first Computer. Where did you start?




 
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June 11th, 2005  
Redleg
 
 

Topic: Your first Computer. Where did you start?


Just thought it could be interesting to see where you all started..


My first computer ever was WAY back in the 80's..

It was a Texas Instruments TI-99

It had a processor running at a whooping 3MHz, and 16K or RAM!!
Had to plug it into a TV.
But it did it's job, and I learnt to program my first lines of BASIC on it..
Had a few cool (back then) games for it as well..

Some tech info about the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A:
Quote:
Released: June 1981
Price: US$525 (without monitor)
How many: 2.8 Million
CPU: TI TMS9900, 3MHz
Memory: 16K RAM, 26K ROM
Display: Video via an RF modulator
32 characters by 24 lines text
192 X 256, 16 color graphics
Ports: ROM cartridge (on front)
Data storage cassette
Audio/Video output
Joystick input
CPU bus expansion
Peripherals: Speech Synthesizer
Peripheral Expansion Box
Data storage cassette
300 baud modem
OS: ROM BASIC
http://oldcomputers.net/ti994a.html


Here it is, the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A
Nice, eh???
It's still stashed somewhere down in my basement, and I believe it's still working fine..
I just need to find a new casette player for it.

Mmm, getting all warm inside when I see the startup screen below..
http://www.99er.net/graphics/tiscrnbut.gif

More info:
http://www.obsoletecomputermuseum.org/ti99/

Found a pretty cool TI-99 site, and it even has a few emulators for Windows.
Hm, guess I'll have to try a few of them when I get back from work on monday
http://www.99er.net/emul.shtml
June 11th, 2005  
Jäger
 
 
My first computer was a 486 dx 80MHz
that was I think more than ten years ago.
June 11th, 2005  
KC72
 
 
http://pc-museum.com/gallery/rcm-027.jpg

Technical Data
Model ZX Spectrum
Manufacturer Sinclair, United Kingdom
Year 1982 - 1984
CPU Z80 at 3.5 MHz
RAM/ROM 16 or 48k / 16 k
Keyboard Rubber keys
Characters 32 x 24
Graphic 256 x 192 (8 colors)
Mass storage Cassette recorder

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June 11th, 2005  
AlexKall
 
Around 1998 i think

The first i used was a computer from 1986 i think. With those wonderfull stats they had

Never was into computers and such. Remember the comandore 64 though with tape storage being quite fun to play with.

Remember the old games where you typed an answer and then you got a question and the enviroment discribed in text. Quite fun if i remember it right. Just so limiting
June 11th, 2005  
DTop
 
 
My first computer was cutting edge Commodore 64 mich like this one, circa 1982.

June 11th, 2005  
hicks
 
My dad had a Tandy-1000 when I was little.

BUT

My first computer was back in 1998 or 1999.... I got a Pentium III 500mhz and top of the line was 550mhz. I had the Sound Blaster Live Value (Top-of-the line) with a 15GB HD.

It's amazing because a computer like that now is just pathetic.

Now, I have a Pentium IV 1.9Ghz, but after I deploy, I will be building the best computer possible, and will be willing to spend up to $5,000.00. It will be custom built as well.

I can't wait.
June 11th, 2005  
Redleg
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by hicks
My first computer was back in 1998 or 1999.... I got a Pentium III 500mhz and top of the line was 550mhz. I had the Sound Blaster Live Value (Top-of-the line) with a 15GB HD.

It's amazing because a computer like that now is just pathetic.
That's incredible fast compared to the first real PC I owned..

The "good old" IBM PC

I believe it had an 4.77Mhz Intel 8088 processor, 364kbytes of RAM (expanded!), 5,25" 360kbyte floppy disk (yes the big ones), and a green monochrome screen, only capable of displaying characters (no graphics at all)..


http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?c=274
June 11th, 2005  
MontyB
 
 
Hmmm well I dont remember a lot of the specifics but it was a Sinclair/Timex 1000 with a massive 16k (upgraded came with 1k) of memory.

Man I miss the days you could get fun quality software on a casette or 360kb disk now you get poorly written crap on 3 DvD's.

June 15th, 2005  
AussieNick
 

The old mac classic I first got in about 1992 I think it was.

As for a consol gaming thingy. I got an Atari 2600 when I was a youngster.
What an ugly POS.


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June 15th, 2005  
CABAL
 
 
Although I'm not familiar with the old computer models, I remember it was among the first IBM Personal Computers.