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Old 02-04-12, 05:10 PM
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What is the first computer you remember.

When I was 8, my grandfather took me on a tour of the Reader's Digest headquarters where he worked. I remember seeing an impressive array of tape drives and other equipment in an air conditioned room with glass walls. I assume it was an IBM.
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Old 02-04-12, 05:15 PM
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Western Electric did a demo at our school in the early 60's with a computer
that was more of a calculator but it could do math quickly! Took several hours
to get it set up for the demo. Input was punch cards, out put was ticker tape
device.
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I had a TSR-80 and a TI.

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My first was an Cosmac ELF based on the RCA 1802 processor, which my brother and I built from a kit in high school in 1976. It had 256 bytes of RAM, which we eventually bumped up to 4KB. It was fun - I started with a hex keyboard to manually enter a bootstrap loader, and I think we got that down to 6 bytes. A bootstrap loads itself, a driver and the program on whatever device the driver enables. For me it was a paper tape reader which I constructed with photo-cells programmed with magic markers on adding machine tape, which in turn read in a driver for a cassette tape player we interfaced. With only 4K bytes of memory we were somewhat limited in applications however, mostly simple games, I/O controllers etc.
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I forget which grade, but it was in elementary school. Working on TSR 80s, the class was divided into teams of like 2-4 to program a simple image. While the other teams were doing flowers, sunshine, rainbows.... my team did an electric guitar wired into an amplifier.
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Second year university we did a fortran course and we had to pencil out boxes on cards and deliver them to the computer dept who would run them through. Later we used an analogue computer in about 1972.
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First computer I remember seeing was the terminal at my high school that was connected up to the main frame at, I believe, the NASA research center in town. First one I owned was a Sinclair ZX-81. 1 MZ ZILOG Z80 CPU with 4k internal RAM. Had the expansion pack taking the RAM all the way up to 64K. (WOOT!)
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Remember working with a Vic 20, Commodore 64, Trash 80 (sorry Couch), Apple 2e. Can't remember which came first.
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^^ I think TRS-80 came out before the Vic 20, which preceded the C-64. Not sure about Apple. I've come to this conclusion as I remember the friend's dad across the street getting his TRS-80 (~1983) before I had my Vic 20 (which had pretty much just been released) (1984). I then did a major upgrade to the SX-64 in '86, which was Commodores "portable" system. Tiny 3" screen, build in 5.25" floppy, keyboard was the lid for the front. Oh YEAH I was styling.
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Probably an Osborne 1 CP/M machine, at a car dealership of all places. It was running dBase I think, but basically it was a sales gimmick.
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An Altair 8800, with a home made keyboard, and tape storage.

First one I ever saw was the mainframe at Magnavox in Fort Wayne in66 or thereabouts. I now have pocket calculators faster and more capable than that mainframe was.
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I had a college work-study job at the Health & Safety Labs of the Atomic Enegy Commission in NYC - 1975-76, and they had an IBM monster in its own air conditioned room. Part of my job was to key-punch for the scientist's article library. There was a key card sorter in the computer room that I had to use to sort the cards. It occassioanly went nuts, sending cards all over the place at high speed. They just don't make machines like that any more!

After that, I worked at a printing school that boasted IBM Selectric typwriters and CompuGraphic print-set machines.

Then, I worked at another school that let me loose on a AT240. MOS 1.0 - when that was new. PCs have come a LONG way!
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
My first was an Cosmac ELF based on the RCA 1802 processor, which my brother and I built from a kit in high school in 1976...
I built one of those in 1977 (when I was 13)! It was my first "real" computer (my first programmable device was a TI-58 calculator).
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I built one of those in 1977 (when I was 13)! It was my first "real" computer (my first programmable device was a TI-58 calculator).
That's a blast from the past. My first calculator was a TI-55 sometime in the late 70's. That thing was a workhorse and lasted for years.
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In kindergarten about 1982 we had a robot turtle -- something like a 3 foot clear plastic dome -- that we would program in LOGO. I went to a lab preschool on a university campus. My parents were not into the whole computer thing, so the first computer I got was an IBM PS/2 Model 25, no hard drive. I didn't have one at all through college, only getting one in 2000 or so.
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An Abacus in Japan, 1952.
Fast, no tubes,no screen . . . just them little beads!
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I can remember Walter Cronkite being proud as punch reporting the results of an election (Presidential in '60) that were being tabulated by a computer in New York City.

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Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
An Abacus in Japan, 1952.
Fast, no tubes,no screen . . . just them little beads!
There was a corner store up around the corner from home and I can remember Mr. Wong being able to add a column of numbers on an abacus faster than his son on the adding machine.
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Originally Posted by keithm0 View Post
I built one of those in 1977 (when I was 13)! It was my first "real" computer (my first programmable device was a TI-58 calculator).
Cool. I knew there had to be another one out there, somewhere. Funny coincidence, I got a TI programmable a year later when starting university classes, maybe the same model or the TI59. Or maybe not so coincidental since there weren't really any others then.
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