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What was your first computer?

By MaryWeilage Editor ·
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TechRepublic members, please tell us about your first computer. We're planning on putting together a Geekend post and gallery on the topic, and we would like to include reader input.

If you have a photo of your first computer that you're willing to share with the community, please email me the photo at mary dot weilage at cbs dot com, and I'll feature it in the gallery.

Thanks in advance,
Mary Weilage

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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to What was your first compu ...

was my first computer:

Right down to the printer. No mouse, no joystick. Deskmate Pro for spreadsheet, word processing, and a simple database.

(edit to add, the HX pictured)

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Franklin 2000

by Tink! In reply to What was your first compu ...

Or...apparently...Franklin ACE 2000.

I was 5 years old and it was the family computer. My dad taught me how to do simple math calculations on it and I learned how to type using a 5" floppy disk game called MasterType. (When I say "type" I mean real "touch typing". I was typing 60-90 wpm by the time I was in grade school.)

Ah the memories.

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Found a pic!

by Tink! In reply to Franklin 2000,2000056020,20373125-8,00.htm

Although I don't remember ours having that much black on it or 2 floppy drives. I just remember a big beige box.

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Trash 80

by OP Gene In reply to What was your first compu ...

My first computer was a TRS-80, Model 1.
It used a casette tape drive for storage.
I wrote a program in micro-basic to balance my check book.

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by ganyssa In reply to Trash 80

I wasn't old enough to have a checkbook, though, so I wrote programs centered around my Algebra homework. It would have been faster to just do it.

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TRS-80 Model 1

by arpboy In reply to Trash 80

I remember this one - my first computer. I had one of the early one's (serial number was around 4,000). 4K RAM, 4K ROM, and the early one's blew their power supply at any voltage spike (ask me how I know this). I remember getting the expansion chassis, then 1, then 2 floppies; the loudest and slowest dot matrix printer known to man, and finally 48K RAM!

I found a hardware modification in a magazine that allowed lower case - I added it, and it worked great (after you loaded a driver), except my p,g,and y characters didn't descend below the line - they were tall.

I learned Assembler on that little machine; once I got that figured out, there was actually quite a bit I could do on that machine!

I remember when LDOS came out - a really elegant operating system for the day. This machine led me to staying with the platform for a long time: the Model 1, Model 3, Model 4, Model 4P -- until I finally jumped to IBM with the Model 1100 (their XT clone - with color CGA graphics!! oooh!!).

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My Memories of the Trash 80

by jmajette In reply to Trash 80

I bought my TRS-80 Model I on November 21, 1979. In the spring of 1980 I upgraded to 16K RAM and Level II BASIC (the numeric keypad was part of the upgrade). I added the Orchestra 85 sound module in 1981. I wrote a program to automate my personal phone book in BASIC. The program allowed you to enter a name and it would search the cassette tape storage for the results. After nearly 4 years of service, I sold the still-functioning system to a travel agency for $200 in the summer of 1983. Fond memories!

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My first, sideways move

by santeewelding In reply to What was your first compu ...

Into things with blinking lights was:

I was terrified of the thing.

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So I'm assuming Santee

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to My first, sideways move

That you never learned anything about the error of your ways and continued with these devices trying to understand what made them work right?

Well I'm here to help you understand how they work it's called Electricity. Like most things in our society it needs electricity to work and without it it's just a piece of useless junk.

Only good thing with the advent of Silicon Circuity it started using far less electricity than the older multiphase systems used to require. It almost made it economical for the average person to have one in the cost of Electricity to run it. Of course the cost of the Shrink Bills to cure yourself from what the computer did to you is a different story. :^0

Col 0:-)

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My First "pc"

by jonathanwood27 In reply to What was your first compu ...

My First intro to computers was the Sinclair Spectrum ( my family had.

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