Mar 03 2022 12:09 PM
Mar 03 2022 12:09 PM
I know folks here range everywhere from established long-term IT professional to new hobbyists - so I'm curious - what was your first computer?
Mine was an Atari 800 which my parents brought home when I was about 5 or 6. It was mostly cartridge-based, with a tape drive. I believe we shifted to 5 1/4" disks not super long after that. I was an Atari kid for a while, moving to an 800XL to an ST before getting a 386 and having PCs the rest of my life.
Mar 06 2022 12:43 AM
@Eric Starker In 1980 I bought a kit to build a CPM machine. I was able to develop a mailing list for a music studio in a warehouse and throw big events with free bands on Saturday nights using that list to send personalized invitations. I feel like I was never as productive as I was with that machine. Likewise, when I got an IBM XT in 1987 with a 20MB hard drive. It's been downhill ever since LOL.
Mar 07 2022 10:48 AM
@Eric Starker @BarnacleBill
hi, my first computer goes back a little further than most have stated so far, mine was a Memotech MTX 500 from the early 1980's. Aluminium contruction and powerful for the time but sadly I succumbed to selling it about 5 years ago when I was offered a decent amount of cash to part with it.
I couldn't afford the improved Memotech MTX512 that increased the amount of memory available from 32KB to 64KB.
Release date 1983; 39 years ago
Introductory price £275 (equivalent to £949 in 2020) (MTX 500),
£315(equivalent to £1,087 in 2020) (MTX 512),
C$1,000 (equivalent to $2,261 in 2020) (MTX 512) with C$1,700 (equivalent to $3,843 in 2020) for "New Word" software and an 80-cps printer.,
£399 (equivalent to £1,311 in 2020) (RS 128)
Operating system CP/M;
BASIC, LOGO, NODDY (MTX 500, 512);
MTX BASIC, NODDY, Assembler (RS 128)
CPU Zilog Z80A @ 4MHz
Memory 32KB (MTX 500), 64KB (MTX 512) or 128KB (RS 128)
Storage Cassette, 5.25" floppy disk
Display Composite BNC, RF RCA
Graphics TMS9918 or 9928
Sound SN76489A 3.5mm phono
Controller input 2×DE-9
Connectivity RS-232 (2), Parallel (34-pin Centronics type header), edge connector (left), bus interface connector (bottom)
Dimensions 48.6 x 20.3 x 5.7 cm
Mass 2.6 Kg
Mar 08 2022 04:51 AM
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Apr 11 2022 12:01 AM
Tandy TRS-80 Color 2. Couldn't tell you what year, just somewhere in the first half of the '80s.
A raft of better machines such as the Amstrad CPC-464 came out not long after that left me quite jealous but I made do with this until significantly upgrading to an Atari ST-1024.
The biggest headache was the relatively frequent mangling of any cassette greater than 30 minutes.
Apr 14 2022 04:42 PM
Well lets see my first computer..
The very first console I played on was an Atari, the very first computer I programmed on was a Sinclair Spectrum 48k but my very first PC was a Zenith Data systems 8086 that ran at 4mhz and had a turbo to 8mhz. It has 256kbs of RAM and no hard drive.. you booted MS-DOS off the dual floppy disk drives.. I did manage to just miss CGA screens though.. we had an EGA screen with 16 colors :)
It was high tech.. just like my Dot Matrix Printer :)