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Old 11-27-2014, 12:03 PM
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XT 8088 processor (iirc it was 4.77 mhz)

256k memory, 5 1/4 floppy

no hard drive

dos 2.11
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Old 11-27-2014, 01:15 PM
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Some form of Tandy 1000 with a built in keyboard and two 3.5" floppy drives. It had an 8088 (i was thinking 4.77 MHz, but wikipedia says it could actually do 7.16)

Deskmate was awesome.
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Old 11-28-2014, 01:23 AM
Location: Cushing OK
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1986, Turbo xt. We got a 600 baud modem. It read floppies (sort of), and had a special plug on the keyboard. Very small hard drive. Wrote the first stories on it. Choice between an amber on black screen or a green on black screen.

The really nice thing about it was when it was 90 degrees it didn't overheat. The first xp machine shut down at 90. I used it for writing for a while after I had the other one.

Before that I worked as a progrmanner on an IBM 360. Good old Cobol.
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Old 11-28-2014, 02:28 PM
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1985. Xerox-branded Olivetti (sp?) MS-DOS. 10MB hard drive. Upgraded to 1MB memory. Floppy drive and 256KB modem if I recall correctly.
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Old 11-28-2014, 11:32 PM
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Redactron running CP/M and 5.25 hard sectored floppies...
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:17 AM
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My first pc was a Packard bell tower with a 17in monitor ran dos and win 3.1 had the big and small floppy disk, and a dot matrix printer. Internet was prodigy dial up, then AOL dial up. Was slow as hell. But back then it was all new to me.
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Old 12-02-2014, 09:23 AM
Location: HoCo, MD
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Originally Posted by STB93 View Post
I would like to know, what is the oldest computer that you remember using? What was it like?
The first computer I actually used were the Commodore Pets at school. Simply used it to play games on cassette.

First actual computer we owned was an Apple IIe with Duodisk and 128k. Sad thing is that we just threw it away in the late 90's during a move. I'd sort of wish we kept it....
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Old 12-02-2014, 09:55 AM
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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First real (new) computer we owned was, like so many other families, a Packard Bell. I remember the stats almost exactly: 486/DX2 66 MHz processor, 420 MB hard drive, 2400 bps (yes, bps...I wonder if it was a software-imposed limitation since it could do faxes at 9600 bps?) modem, 2x CD-ROM drive, on-board audio and video with 1 MB of "video RAM", and a lousy 4 megs of RAM! It also was bought with a Canon B&W Bubblejet printer and a 14" monitor. This was February 1995.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:29 PM
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Thumbs up *

Originally Posted by Robert20170
Loved my Commodore 64 and used it from around '83 until graduating in college in '90.
Excellent Bob..... I still use Mine sometimes
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:29 PM
Location: Texas
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My mom brought home a TI 99/4A with two game cartridges. The games was alright but what interested me was the Basic programming with 16K of memory. I was hooked and loved to write games on it. As I advanced with my programming I was running out of memory.

Oh no! I need more memory!

This was when I looked around and discovered the Commodore 64. Got it with a cassette drive and went bought a 13" color TV for it. Wow, this is fun and I learned to write graphical games with sound FXs. Later I got a floppy drive. Later again I found a C64 programmer's reference guide (wort its weigh in gold) at Barnes and Noble. It included assembly language, sprite graphics, advanced sound FXs and I used some of it to speed the programs up in some areas but still written in Basic. That made my games much better that a Compute! magazine bought one from me.

I was a diehard as my friends are on IBM PCs and refused to join them. One day my friend brought me a complete 286 system with monochrome monitor and dual floppy drives and told me that C64's going out and IBM is in. I looked at the 286 and said, say what? One color screen and the DOS system has to be loaded from the floppy? Where's the Basic ??

My C64 had it all, go away.

Well eventually C64 did die and I started using the 286. The rest is history.
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