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02-09-2008 07:30 PM  10 years agoPost 21
Furious Predator

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Commadore 64 for me

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02-09-2008 08:03 PM  10 years agoPost 22
Futura57

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UK

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ZX81

Hardware eventually fails - Software eventually works!

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02-09-2008 08:11 PM  10 years agoPost 23
pigs dont fly

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Sinclair ZX80 was mine.
The TI99/4A plus the Extended basic module too, I always wanted the Assembler module but never got it..

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02-09-2008 08:23 PM  10 years agoPost 24
Grant H

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Madison, WI

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Commodore 64/128.

Than a 486 DX 33mhz machine with 2mb of ram.

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02-09-2008 09:07 PM  10 years agoPost 25
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Big Coppitt Key, FL

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Mine was the Texas Instruments TI-99-4A with the added cassete tape drive.
Here too. Still have it, wrapped in plastic and carefully stored. Someday that sucker's gonna be worth at least $23 on FleaBay.

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02-09-2008 09:23 PM  10 years agoPost 26
kryptik

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South Carolina

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It's amazing how many folks started with the Commodore 64. I loved mine more than anything. It had the cassette drive, and the floppy drive. I was the only kid around that had one. I remember my grandmother bought it for me as a reward for good grades. I spent so much time on that thing...
I later had a Vic 20, and a TRS80. Of course I had the Atari. I guess I have always been a gadget geek. On a side note, but somewhat related...has anyone read iWoz? It is an excellent book. I couldn't put it down until I had read the last page. Hell, I think I may read it again. Great insight into one of the smartest minds of our time.

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02-09-2008 09:27 PM  10 years agoPost 27
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Big Coppitt Key, FL

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I had the Atari
Ahhh... the Atari STe -- another winner. Got two, also bundled up and packed away, both with the 4 mB ram upgrade. MIDI In and out! Rock 'n' roll, dood!

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02-09-2008 09:33 PM  10 years agoPost 28
heli_madken

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Mine was a ZX81 as well got it in 1981 although it wasnt a kit it was ready made, the earlier ZX80 was the one that needed to be assembled.

I remember getting the 16k RAM Pack and rushing home thinking that the sky was the limit and I couldnt possibly write a program that would use all of that RAM

Cut my teeth in programming terms on it so its responsible for my current career, stood me well

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02-09-2008 09:34 PM  10 years agoPost 29
BladeRunner

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Mine was an Apple IIE, at first I had the tape casstte..couldn't stand the waiting time. Got a floppy drive. That computer maxed out had a whopping 48K of memory!!!
I think I paid the astronomical sum of $2,300 for the computer, $350 for the floppy....Mega bucks back in 1979!! My how things have changed, back then the hardware was expensive..software was thin at best..Now it's all in the software...they practically GIVE the hardware away these days!!........

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02-09-2008 09:46 PM  10 years agoPost 30
RayJayJohnsonJr

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Midwest

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Atari 800 here. Although I did have a few friends that had the Commode Door 64. I had completely forgotten about the VIC until Kryptic's post. Fun times.

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There, their and they're. It's really that simple.

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02-09-2008 09:53 PM  10 years agoPost 31
kryptik

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South Carolina

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Fun times.
You can say that again. I had more fun, and felt more rewarded using those early PCs when I was young, than anything I have done with a computer since. I've actually been thinking about getting a set of plans and a breadboard, and making my own Apple I. I want to make the wooden box and everything.


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02-09-2008 10:24 PM  10 years agoPost 32
skyking1

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Zanesville, Ohio

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Trash 80's
Started out with a Model 1, then a Model 3, CoCo, 1000XT, 3000AT, etc....

I agree with an earlier post - you had more fun soldering ram chips, learning basic and then Qbasic.

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02-09-2008 10:39 PM  10 years agoPost 33
DougsRC

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Mass.

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Great classics Fellers. This was my first !!

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02-09-2008 10:44 PM  10 years agoPost 34
RayJayJohnsonJr

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Midwest

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Ambitious project there Kryptic, but would be fun for sure. Are those IC's still easily available? I suppose you might have to disassemble a few old machines to find them?

-Mark

There, their and they're. It's really that simple.

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02-09-2008 10:57 PM  10 years agoPost 35
AltecLansing

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North Carolina

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Franklin ACE 100

Man, I miss the eighties.

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02-09-2008 11:33 PM  10 years agoPost 36
kryptik

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South Carolina

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Are those IC's still easily available?
This book claims you can build one for less than $100. I'm not sure what type of gates this would include. I just want to say that I did it. People say Apple is like a religion...well, this would be my walk on the road to Damascus.

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02-10-2008 12:11 AM  10 years agoPost 37
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Big Coppitt Key, FL

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this would be my walk on the road to Damascus.
If the walk down that road leads past any pubs or taverns, consider dropping in for Happy Hour -- to discover a FAR more productive way to kill time.

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02-10-2008 12:27 AM  10 years agoPost 38
Yug

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UK. Herts

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The 1st computer I actually owned was an Amstrad 6128 and it was OK for developing early studio outboard gear and early digital drum systems. I remember back then thinking about how in the future we could have soft hardware. Hoorah, it's arrived I'm now designing chips that run hundreds of thousands times faster than those good old Z80s. The speed of light is now too slow

Vegetable rights and Peace

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02-10-2008 12:51 AM  10 years agoPost 39
copperclad

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NY

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when i was about 9 , i got a digicomp for X-mas , i can remember not being to thrilled about it , but my dad couldn't wait to get it out and set it up , come to think of it , he is the one who got it for me

once i got older and into computers i wished i still had it , and came across a retro company that makes a model of them , so a few years ago i got one and it is pretty cool it's three bit , and made of cardboard

my first electronic computer was a Commadore Vic 20 i bought when they first came out , it had about 3 k of ram ,and i remember thinking "WOW" how would you ever use all that , and a few years later i remember when ram first broke a $1.00 a Kilobyte

my pride and joy now is a mint Zenith H8 with a H10 paper tape unit , forget hexadecimal this baby is octal , Zenith had the keen insight to realize the future of computing was going to be in base 8 , i have to admit it's not what i am logged on with now though

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02-10-2008 04:02 AM  10 years agoPost 40
legoman67

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and to think in afew years 2 gigs of ram wont run anything... we will have like a secondary harddrive as our ram,and it will be a nanometer big...

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