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At school we had Apple IIe's
It was great but there were two major problems:

I could only write 4 pages in the editor... since that was a LIMIT.
There was a troubled kid who always took over the computers to play games


My first home computer was a Mac Classic. SimCity and Shufflepuck Cafe were my faves.
 
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When i was a Uni student the first time i saw live and partially interested  on  a computer and in his programming language BASIC  back then was a Commodore VIC 20. I guess  was in mid 80's! and it had it an older  guy majoring in the same course of mine that used it for an experimental project for his final thesis in Electronic Engineering. After that one colleague/friend  bought an Atari ST (considered the Ferrari of the personal computing as elegance in technology in that age) and at that point was really thrilled.
I start take apart little a little money apart and meanwhile i saw around what computer buy. Atari was very strong technologically (as OS and hardware) but as all the computers back then was "in it's own" mean  missed PC's standardization on the other hand IBM's PC was very expensive and considered for professionals,   Apple II/ Mac  was for the elite/professionals  and hence very very expensive.
Finally In late 80's  I decide for a PC compatible with a processor in middle between a base Intel  8086 and a top level 386 not made in Taiwan aka the first PC relatively really  low priced(Some years later when don't started  up more when pressed the start button i understood why: That machine had a very high integration mean all components was on the motherboard so when something in power supply section burnt i had to substitute the entire motherboard that costed 3/4 pf the initial whole price. When the inconvenient happened the Pc was also dated all in all the repair option was inconvenient hence the PC took the garbage way ) I knew about --the English i guess--  Amstrad PC286 .
I remember  i found it "sexy" and well equipped for the price.  Almost immediately after buy I equipped it with a math coprocessor 287 (I remember back then that component was overpriced) and a complete set of Borland's  awesome programming tools (Turbo Pascal(in rise in academia ),  Turbo C ,  Turbo Assembler ) in a bunch of floppy discs 3 1/2'(in rise) and 5 1/4'(in decline)

What good memories ...
Thank you Jeanne
 
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Chris Spencer wrote:At school we had Apple IIe's
It was great but there were two major problems:

I could only write 4 pages in the editor... since that was a LIMIT.
There was a troubled kid who always took over the computers to play games


My first home computer was a Mac Classic. SimCity and Shufflepuck Cafe were my faves.




Aahhhh! Simcity! So many nights after school I spent playing that.

Time to show my age, my first computer was a Dell ( pretty sure it was a Pentium II ) that my dad bought me in the summer of 2004. He bought it so we could do lan games together. He was into his Counter Strike and Simcity too, so he pre-installed the games onto the computer for me along with RTC3 and UT2004. Still miss the look and feel of a clunky Windows XP machine, it was also my first introduction to the internet. I remember spending hours and hours at night up on the net searching for games to play.
 
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Ah, gonna show my age  

1963 I had a mechanical 3 bit computer that you programed with pegs. For 1 CPU cycle you pushed a lever in and pulled it back out. It had two registers and one accumulator and could do rudimentary binary arithmetic. This is when I learned the basics of binary math.

1968 I taught myself Fortran on a teletype terminal with acoustic modem. I believe it was hooked to a PDP-11 (?).

1980 Bought a TRS-80 III and taught myself Z-80 assembler and Basic.

1981 My first real programming job writing accounting programs on a  Datapoint machine.

1983 Worked on Sun Microsystems serial number 2 workstation. Taught myself Unix and C. Worked on a database app for a CAD system.

Somewhere along the line I bought myself the IBM-PC when they came out with the model that supported color.

I bought one of the first commercial copies of C++; a cFront compiler. It had only been on the market 2 weeks when I got my copy.

I've been upgrading my PCs every few years since then.

Downloaded Java when it was released.

My favorite game was Riven from the Myst series of games.
 
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First time I saw and handled computer in 2002 in school, I was in 9th standard. Handled means we we're three students and one computer. Student one turned on the computer second student clicked on start and .... start paint, now third student draw a circle fill color that's It. Student one turned off the computer. I was student number two, such awesome first interaction with computer I had  

After that I sometime used to go to net cafe, had no knowledge of how to operate computer but used to go there and press any key click anywhere    anyhow learned something.

After a year and half did basic computer class for Indian Government course certificate called MSCIT, sometime attended class because I'm kind of self studying guy, my relatives had bought computer that time used to go there to play games and also learn by myself reading a book. Voila!!  passed exam with 87% ...

First my own machine was Acer aspire 4720 laptop bought in 2007 I have that now also. Recently a year ago  I bought HP laptop ....


 
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Carey Brown wrote:Ah, gonna show my age  

1963 I had a mechanical 3 bit computer that you programed with pegs. For 1 CPU cycle you pushed a lever in and pulled it back out. It had two registers and one accumulator and could do rudimentary binary arithmetic. This is when I learned the basics of binary math.



Wow. Can you remember the name of such a device? I'd like to look it up on youtube and see it function. So many questions!
 
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Lewis Lancaster wrote:

Carey Brown wrote:Ah, gonna show my age  

1963 I had a mechanical 3 bit computer that you programed with pegs. For 1 CPU cycle you pushed a lever in and pulled it back out. It had two registers and one accumulator and could do rudimentary binary arithmetic. This is when I learned the basics of binary math.



Wow. Can you remember the name of such a device? I'd like to look it up on youtube and see it function. So many questions!

Sorry, can't remember. I wish I still had it it might be worth something.
 
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Remember Micro$wipe DOS; well, now the source is on GitHub MS-DOS
 
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My first was a Commodore VIC-20 - 16K of Ram and a 6502(?) processor.  After I spent a couple of weeks writing my first program I got all bad-ass and bought a cassette drive for it.  But I learned BASIC and a little assembly language.
 
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My first computer is Dell Pentium 5
 
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I don't remember what is exact configuration it was, but approximately: Intel Celeron, 256MB or 512MB RAM DDR or DDR2, Graphic 128Mb. I was 10 or 12 years old, and it was in 2004 I think. My parents said that it costed more than 1,200 bucks! I was the happiest kid on earth. And the monitor with the size of the microwave… I’m crying now =_(
 
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Sam Sanchez wrote:. . . . And the monitor with the size of the microwave… I’m crying now =_(

I remember those monitors: a whole 14″ across the screen and you needed muscles like Charles Atlas to carry it.
 
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List of computers>

1. ZX 81 16 kB extension
2. TI 99/4A
3. Commodore 64
4. Amiga 600
5. After that PC's only, never had any MACs.

During the the time of the home computer era I got hands on (through friends with other home computers) ZX Spectrum, Atari 400/800.
 
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TRS-80 in '79 or so.  At the end of 1980 Radio Shack offered a free BASIC programming class that I signed up for.  Turned out I knew more about Radio Shack BASIC than the instructor.  But...

Was driving to the 2nd-3rd class, in the rain, and news came over the radio John Lennon had been killed.  Even now, when I think of one I think of the other.
 
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Wolfgang Benfattoum wrote:List of computers>

1. ZX 81 16 kB extension
2. TI 99/4A
3. Commodore 64
4. Amiga 600
5. After that PC's only, never had any MACs.

During the the time of the home computer era I got hands on (through friends with other home computers) ZX Spectrum, Atari 400/800.


Really lovely epoque back then
 
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My very first computer was an The Amstrad CPC 464 personal microcomputer. I got it in 1984
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Wow yall are old. ;)    
First computer i had used was one that had those big floppy disks.   I was just baby then.  The first computer i actually used was a compaq and had windows backups on the smaller floppy disks.   Never even seen computers like you guys are talking about.
 
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My first computer Macintosh 128k.

8 inch and 5 1/4 and 3 1/2 floppies.

Then Intel Celeron Processor Desktop.

My friend had similar. He upgraded to windows 98 with 30 like floppies. Just imagine!!!

Then AMD Athlon 3400+ and 3600+ computers.

Then Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Pentium.
 
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Mark Ii wrote:My first computer Macintosh 128k.

8 inch and 5 1/4 and 3 1/2 floppies.


8" floppy drives for the Mac?    5 1/4 I can see for reading Apple Lisa or Apple // floppies, even though the Mac itself never used them.
 
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All Hobbs wrote:Wow yall are old



Maybe, but like fine wine we have gotten better with age...or something like that.

I remember figuring out how to structure the flow of a program first in a flowchart (had to prove to the teacher that you fully understand the intent, structure and outcome of your program before even touching code), then in pseudo-code, and then, only if it passed the teacher's utmost scrutiny (and in my case multiple trips back to the drawing board until I had it right), were we allowed to then transcribe it to code. In my case I started with BASIC (the ol' LET A = 1). Once you had the code done, you took 80-column punch cards and pencilled in each column the appropriate character that made up the individual lines of code. Then you took the stack of cards to the card reader, hoping and praying you didn't have an endless loop that would send the machine into a tailspin. Once I cut my teeth on BASIC we moved on to FORTRAN (very cool language, at least in my opinion). Unfortunately, I graduated before I got a chance to really get into COBOL.

Fun times...
 
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A kind-of different answer ...

When I was a little kid in school, we used to have 'pencil boxes' that came alongside numerical values that can be slided to reveal tables. I think that this was my first computer
 
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the first computer i used was dell latitude CS610, i installed windows 98 on it and done some my programming projects, at that time buying a laptop was difficult for student, because they costed alot.
 
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