# What was the first computer you used?

Discussion in 'Computer Science & Culture' started by Zillion, Mar 31, 2018.

1. ### Gawdzilla SamaValued Senior Member

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And I don't remember any token passing, but I was kinda new to that system.

3. ### TheFroggerValued Senior Member

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What is it Sideshowbob? ☺

5. ### sideshowbobSorry, wrong number.Valued Senior Member

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You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talking... you talking to me? Well I'm the only one here....

7. ### akoreamericanRegistered Senior Member

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My first computer was the Tandy 1000. I fondly remember playing many Sierra games on it. It had those terrible 5 1/4 floppy and no modem, but it introduced me to the wonders of the computer entertainment. I had to get rid of it because it couldn't run doom, but I'll still remember you tandy.

8. ### TheFroggerValued Senior Member

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Taxi driver? Robert DeNiro? ☺

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Commodore 64. I even did a little programming on the thing. Graduated to a 286, 386, 486, Pentium. There was a time when I would assemble my own systems. I remember paying $200.00 for a 4Mb stick of RAM. having a 40Mb hard drive. Barely squeezed Windows 3.1 on the thing. Now I don't really care as long as it works. I recently purchased a Phablet, which is a cross between a phone and a tablet. I don't know how much further it can go short of a hard wire to our brains. 10. ### SeattleValued Senior Member Messages: 4,621 It's amazing how far computers have come and the pricing. I currently have a smart phone that I paid$40 for and my monthly fee for service/data is \$10. I don't use it much and often when I do it's where I have access to wi-fi.

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Hey, Token Ring was elegant, costly & slow!

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You want fun, have both personal & [your] Company accounts in the same Bank, change the name of the Company (& thus the principal & domain name of the mail server), forget either password, & try to recover that mess... Defunct emails become primaries for personal accounts, while notices for the Company account get sent to "the only email address on file" so that you miss the error reports for inter-continental wire transfers... Oh, & throw a Google phone number into the mix so that the 'verification' routines reject it as being an 'unassigned' phone number...

13. ### Michael 345New year. PRESENT is 69 years oldValued Senior Member

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Not have company but I do have numerous emails which I haven't looked at in years
Generally I open one when I need to check something on a site I am fairly certain I really will not have a long time relation with
And I give them obvious purpose related names such as junkmail.goes.here@yahoo

Fun to get emails to Mr Junk Mail We are sure you would like....We value your custom

How many others do the same so how much computer time and space and computing time is being used up with this rubbish?

14. ### Dr_ToadIt's green!Valued Senior Member

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Too damned much.

Way back when you couldn't get anything faster than T1, the web was leaner, and BS wasn't dealt with with a great sigh and an admission that everybody needed 64K bandwidth all by themselves.

Now with Netflix and other streaming services, everyone needs a full Gb of downstream. But nobody gets that. They get sob-stories from the provider, bills that get higher and higher, and spotty tech support.

I really hope none of you have had to deal with AT&T for service. I swear that they hire the handicapped that McDonald's can't keep at work around hot grease...

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Hence the need for all the 'bots running on slaves out there. You have to source all those SPAM emails from a bunch of different email addresses.

16. ### arfa branecall me arfValued Senior Member

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The first real computer I used was a PDP 11/34. The next year we had a VAX 11/780 to play with.

17. ### SaintValued Senior Member

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I used Dos and then Windows 3.11

18. ### DaveC426913Valued Senior Member

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Those are operating systems. The computer would have been a PC, such as an XT, 286, 386, 486 or Pentium.

19. ### psikeyhackrLive Long and SufferValued Senior Member

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IBM System III model 8 for FORTRAN course with punched cards.

Heathkit H8, first computer I owned and built.

20. ### davewhite04Valued Senior Member

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Tandy TRS-80

Didn't take fully advantage of this, it wasn't till the Spectrum 128k that I began programming and making games. Great days.

21. ### sculptorValued Senior Member

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as an analog computer
does a slide rule count

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22. ### SeattleValued Senior Member

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I kind of miss Windows 3.1

Not from the point of view of how capable it was or wasn't but it was the last time that the workings of Windows were that transparent.

It was kind of like the cars made when I was a kid. You could look into the engine compartment and see and get to most of the components.

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23. ### Truck Captain StumpyRegistered Senior Member

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I'm with you on this one

I have a couple of old boxes that I have 3.11 on (with MS-DOS 6.22)
the disks have long died, but the box still works - it's the only system I have that I can play Warlords II on (lol)