What was the first computer you used?

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

  1. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

    And I don't remember any token passing, but I was kinda new to that system.
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  3. TheFrogger Valued Senior Member

    What is it Sideshowbob? ☺
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  5. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

    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....
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  7. akoreamerican Registered Senior Member

    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. TheFrogger Valued Senior Member

    Taxi driver? Robert DeNiro? ☺
  9. Bowser Right Here, Right Now Valued Senior Member

    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. Seattle Valued Senior Member

    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.
  11. RADII Registered Senior Member

    Hey, Token Ring was elegant, costly & slow!
  12. RADII Registered Senior Member

    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 345 New year. PRESENT is 69 years old Valued Senior Member

    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?

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  14. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

    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...
  15. RADII Registered Senior Member

    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 brane call me arf Valued Senior Member

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

    I used Dos and then Windows 3.11
  18. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

    Those are operating systems. The computer would have been a PC, such as an XT, 286, 386, 486 or Pentium.
  19. psikeyhackr Live Long and Suffer Valued Senior Member

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

    Heathkit H8, first computer I owned and built.
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  20. davewhite04 Valued Senior Member

    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. sculptor Valued Senior Member

    as an analog computer
    does a slide rule count

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