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#1 Murph

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 1706 PM

Mine was an IBM PCjr with chicklet keyboard. Posted Image


Which was upgraded to a Zenith Z-150 with TWO 5 1/4" floppy drives and 640K of RAM Posted Image


Thence to a Packard Bell 386SX-25 Posted Image


After that the next eight computers were all custom built.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 1708 PM

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 1728 PM

Mine was an Amiga 2000, an excellent introduction to computers.

Not to mention my first video game, F-18

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 1729 PM

Custom-built 286 back in 1990 or so running DOS and GeoWorks.

I think my watch is more powerful than that PC was.

Edited by FlyingCanOpener, 14 January 2012 - 1731 PM.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 1739 PM

Acer 75 mhrz Pentium I with a whopping 2 megs of RAM and 750 megs of disc space.

Edited by Hittite Under The Bridge, 14 January 2012 - 1740 PM.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 1836 PM

This one.

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Which led on to this one.

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The CPU of which is the grandfather of what may be the most successful family of CPUs on the planet - the ARM.

After that, a bunch of PC clones and a Wii console.

The first work computer I used was an Apple Mac SE30, which was sweet once I got a 19" Radius TPD.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 1856 PM

Macintosh 512E in 1986. 512x384 b&w 9 in monitor, 8 mHz MC68000 processor, 512k RAM and a 800 kb superfloppy drive. Wish I still had it.

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Edited by GregShaw, 14 January 2012 - 1857 PM.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 1902 PM

Turbo XT clone (IIRC, 4.77 MHz regular mode, 9 Mhz turbo mode), 640K, one 1.2MB 5.25" floppy, one 360K floppy. Eventually added a 10 MB hard drive.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 2218 PM

286 in 1991.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 2231 PM

Bulgarian clone of the PC/XT

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 1225 PM

Those IBM keyboards were wonderful keyboards.
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Posted 15 January 2012 - 1507 PM

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O Yea.. :wub: :wub: (just the ticket for Kampfgruppe, Mech Brigade)
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Posted 15 January 2012 - 1521 PM

Those IBM keyboards were wonderful keyboards.

I still have my Apple ADB extended keyboard II that I got with my Mac IIci in 1989. I've never found another as good, unfortunately a ADB to USB adaptor is over $100 f you can find one.

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 1903 PM

Tandy 1000 EX.

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Forgot when exactly. Sometime in the '80s. From relatives in the USA.

This was our computer for a looooooooooooong time. Lots of fun games played with it. Dad was pissed.

Eventually we had a 386SX and then that died after a year I think. Followed by a 286, an AMD which got stolen when it was repaired at a computer shop (shop was broken into), a 486 (shop replacement) which had issues, then an AMD K5, Celeron, then the current laptop which has been going for more than five years I think....

Edited by TomasCTT, 15 January 2012 - 2003 PM.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 1427 PM

Commodore VIC
Commodore 64
Commodore PET (school machine, learned Pascal, Fortran and Basic on it)
IBM 286 (first job out of college)

After 2 years business consulting, I massively exaggerated my technical knowhow and landed a job operating a massively parallel computing solution <BG> which involved (5) Everex 486/33 computers connected with a 10 Mb local Ethernet (Aug 1991). I had never even seen a 486 computer when I got the job... week one was VERY interesting...as I spent darn near 24 x 7 trying to learn what I had claimed to be a master of :lol:

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 1447 PM

Commodore VIC-20 at home and the "wonderful" COMPIS and Victor at school
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 1659 PM

Those IBM keyboards were wonderful keyboards.


Some German company makes clones, as good as original. Pricy (180euro IIRC) but a friend who has one (works as quite busy translator) swears by it - she noted it was way better for a lot of typing then any of "ergonomic" keyboards.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 1715 PM

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First one I ever used, since it was my pop's. Bro and I would play A.C.E., an arcadish flight sim. He'd pilot, and I'd be gunner, launching of the missiles and such.

First I ever owned was some type of pentium back in 1994-1995, and used it forever. Got my first intro of Steel Panthers II via a demo, bought the game, and am still playing it. Also got a lot of hours in Jane's ATF, Interstate 76, Fade to Black (Flashback sequel), a demo of Heroes of Might and Magic, Close Combat: ABTF, Star Wars: Rebellion, Tie Fighter, and X-Wing vs Tie Fighter. On that one, bro and I reprised our roles, but essentially he had the joystick and I had the keyboard. It was quite effective, I'd handle targeting, shields, and throttle. Last one wasn't too critical for him to control directly, since it was space combat.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 1945 PM

TI 99/4a, 1984
Atari ST 1040, 1987 :wub:
486/33 DX / DOS 5, Windows 3.1, 1989
Since then about 15...20 other Windows PCs, I guess.
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Posted 18 January 2012 - 1433 PM

Proc:K6-2 266mhz given to me used from a friend
MOBO:FIC PA-2013 1meg cacheversion bought used from a friend
Memory: 64mb pc100 generic bought from a store
Video: ATI Expert98 AGP given to me used from a friend(?)
Sound: new Soundblaster AWE64 ISA bought new
CD: 24x used from a friend(?)
HD: new WD 10gig IDE new from a store for $200
Floppy: 1.44 not sure what brand bought I believe
Case: new biege monstrosity bought at a computer show

Started later then most of you alls I guess. At least owning one. Still have a Apple IIe like they used to have in school around the shop as a conversation piece. After mulling over splurging on one of those fancy expensive Nintendo\Typewriter computer things and doing ALLOT of research, decided to make one with a friends help FEB1999. Year later I had a collection of old computers bought from garage sales, dumpster diving, recycling center, etc that I would take apart and put back together.
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