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02-10-2008 04:24 AM  10 years agoPost 41
dick smith

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mine was a texas instuments calculator back in the mid seventies.........

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02-10-2008 04:32 AM  10 years agoPost 42
DanW

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TRS 80 for me!

Got pretty good at basic too.

Dan

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02-10-2008 04:44 AM  10 years agoPost 43
SLC

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Mine was used 8086 . It came with a stack of Dos disks. The store that sold it to me said the could hook me up with a 10mb hard drive for under 300 dollars to get it up to date. It had 2 mb of memory and 640k of that was used for the OS. Remember fooling with config.sys every time I got a new program trying to squeeze enough extended memory to get it to run.

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02-10-2008 05:13 AM  10 years agoPost 44
B52fixer

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TRS-80 and C-64 for me. I still have a commodore calculator to this day in my desk drawer.

A word to the wise ain't necessary. It's the stupid ones that need the advice.

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02-10-2008 06:46 AM  10 years agoPost 45
Inspector Fuzz

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Heathkit 1982, Commodore 64, 1984-85, CoCo2-3 and various others. I am computered out. As long as it surfs the net, prints my database, and plays realflight it is good enough now!
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02-10-2008 02:49 PM  10 years agoPost 46
maxpower097

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Apple IIE

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02-10-2008 04:20 PM  10 years agoPost 47
charliedoane

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Commodore 64 - TRS 80 - Sinclair. Had them all in the 80's.
Remember having to dial into BBS. No internet access back then. Writing programs in basic.

History of computing

1980 IBM hires Paul Allen and Bill Gates to create an operating system for a new PC. The pair buy the rights to a simple operating system manufactured by Seattle Computer Products and use it as a template. IBM allows the two to keep the marketing rights to the operating system, called DOS.
1980 IBM hires Microsoft to develop versions of BASIC, FORTRAN, COBOL, and Pascal for the PC being developed by IBM.
1980 Microsoft licenses Unix and starts to develop a PC version, XENIX.
1980 The programming language FORTRAN 77 is created.
1980 The first Tandy Color computer is introduced.
1980 AST is founded.
1980 Atari becomes the first company to register a Copyright for two computer games: "Asteroids" and "Lunar Landar" on June 17, 1980.
1980 FIC is founded.
1980 Iomega is established.
1980 Quantum is founded.
1981 Diskeeper is founded on July 22, 1981.
1981 MS-DOS 1.0 was released August, 1981.
1981 American National Standards Institute more commonly known as ANSI was founded.
1981 IBM joins the computer race by introducing IBM PC, which runs the new MS-DOS operating system.
1981 Kermit is developed at the Columbia University in New York
1981 Xerox introduces the graphical Star workstation. This computer greatly influences the development of Apples future computer models, Lisa and Macintosh, as well as Microsofts Windows.
1981 VHDL is proposed and begins development.
1981 Kenji Urada becomes the first human to be mistakenly killed by a factory robot.
1981 VMEbus is developed.
1981 Hayes Introduces the Smartmodem 300 with its standard setting AT command set and an operating speed of 300 bits per second.
1981 Adam Osborne introduces the Osborne I, the first successful portable computer, which weighs 25 pounds.
1981 Hewlett-Packard Superchip the first 32-bit chip is introduced.
1981 Commodore ships the VIC-20, which later becomes the worlds most popular computer costing only $299.95.
1981 Logitech is founded in Apples, Switzerland.
1981 Adaptec is founded.
1981 BITNET is founded.
1981 Gemlight is founded.
1981 Hayes releases the Smartmodem 1200 with transfer rates of 1,200 bits per second.
1981 CTX is established.
1981 Kensington is founded.
1982 Peter Norton creates Norton Utilities.
1982 Sony releases its first Trinitron monitor.
1982 SGI is founded.
1982 Maxtor is founded.
1982 Hercules is founded.
1982 Labtec is founded.
1982 Number Nine is founded.
1982 Symantec is founded.
1982 Jack Kilby is inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
1982 Microsoft releases FORTRAN for the PC COBOL for MS-DOS, and Multiplan for the Apple II and CP / M machines.
1982 Microsoft establishes a subsidiary in England to begin foreign sales efforts.
1982 WordPerfect Corporation introduces WordPerfect 1.0 a word processing program that will become one of the computer markets most popular word processing program.
1982 The first luggable computer is introduced.
1982 Sun is incorporated in February 1982, with four employees.
1982 Lotus Development Corporation is founded and Lotus 1-2-3, a spreadsheet program is introduced.
1982 Compaq Computer Corp. is founded by Rod Canion and other Texas Instruments Incorporated engineers. Compaq is the first company to introduce a clone of the IBM PC (the Compaq Portable in 1983) and become IBMs biggest challenger in the corporate market.
1982 The Commodore 64 begins to be sold with 64 kilobytes of random-access memory and containing Microsoft BASIC and dropping in price from $600 to $200 allows it to become the best-selling computer of all time.
1982 Diamond Multimedia is founded.
1982 The HX-20 becomes the first notebook-sized portable computer is introduced by Epson.
1982 MS-DOS version 1.25 is released.
1982 Apple Computer is the first personal computer manufacturer to hit the $1 billion mark for annual sales.
1982 The Intel 80286 processor is announced.
1982 Adobe is founded.
1982 BTC is founded
1982 The XT bus is introduced.
1982 Rich Skrenta a 15-year old high school student creates the first known computer virus known as The Elk Cloner.
1983 The IBM XT is first introduced on March 8, 1983.
1983 Compaq introduces the first 100% IBM compatible computer the "Compaq Portable" in March of 1983.
1983 Zoran is founded.
1983 Paul Allen leaves Microsoft.
1983 The Time magazine nominates the personal computer as the "machine of the year", the first non-human ever nominated.
1983 Interplay is founded.
1983 The Apple IIe is introduced. The computer contains 64 kilobytes of RAM one megahertz 6502 processor and running Applesoft BASIC and sells for $1,400.
1983 ARPANET standardizes TCP/IP.
1983 Tandy, Epson and NEC all sell notebook computers however only the Tandys model 100 becomes popular because of its low price of $499.
1983 THX is established.
1983 More than 10 million computers are in use in the United States.
1983 MS-DOS 2.0 was released March, 1983.
1983 True BASIC is created and is a compiled, structured language. It doesn't require line numbers, as the original BASIC did, and includes the advanced control structures necessary for structured programming.
1983 The QIC Standard becomes the first standard in the computer history for tape drives.
1983 Microsoft Windows was announced November, 1983
1984 IBM's AT computer is introduced.
1984 The MUD was known as MAD becomes the first global MUD and runs across BITNET.
1984 IBM introduces its portable computer, the IBM Portable weighing in at 30 pounds.
1984 SETI is founded.
1984 ESS Technologies is founded.
1984 Guillemot is founded.
1984 Amiga is purchased by Commodore Business Machines on August 15th.
1984 Bill Gates is featured on the cover of Time magazine.
1984 The 3.5-inch floppy diskette is introduced and later becomes an industry standard.
1984 Dell Computer is founded May 3, 1984 in Austin Texas.
1984 Paul Mockapetris and Jon Postel introduce DNS.
1984 The now famous Apple commercial is shown during the Super Bowl, the commercial introduces the Apple Macintosh, a computer with graphical user interface instead of needing to type in commands. In six months sales of the computer reach 100,000.
1984 Dhrystone is developed.
1984 IBM develops EGA.
1984 The computer Museum opens in downtown Boston.
1984 Microsoft introduces MS-DOS 3.0 for the IBM PC AT and MS-DOS 3.1 for networks.
1984 The Tandy 1000 personal computer is introduced and becomes the best-selling IBM-compatible computer of the year.
1984 IBM introduces the Enhanced Graphics Adapter (EGA) video card with higher resolution, more colors, and a quicker response then previous video cards.
1984 University of Southern California professor Fred Cohen creates alarm when he warns the public about computer viruses in his Computer Virus - Theory and Experiments paper.
1984 The beginning of the greatest adventure computer gaming series is released by Sierra. Kings Quest 1: Quest for the crown is released to the public.
1984 The Yellow book of CD-ROM standards is written.
1984 Cirrus is established.
1984 ISA is expanded to 16-bit capability.
1985 The GNU manifesto is published by Dr. Dobb's Journal
1985 Software Arts assets are sold to Lotus. Software Arts is most well known for its VisiCalc program.
1985 The Amiga aka A1000 is introduced..
1985 PNY Technologies is founded.
1985 Dell releases its first computer, the "Turbo PC".
1985 Titus Interactive is founded.
1985 Microtek introduces the world's first 300-dpi black-and-white sheetfed scanner.
1985 Quantum Computer Services is founded, this company later becomes AOL.
1985 Microsoft and IBM begin collaboration on the next-generation operating system (OS/2).
1985 The computer company Gateway 2000 is founded in Siox City, Iowa on September 5, 1985.
1985 CAT1 wiring is introduced.
1985 Intel introduces the 80386, a 16 MHz processor that incorporates 275,000 transistor and capable of accessing up to four gigabytes of memory. The processor sells for $299.
1985 Paul Brainard of Aldus Corporation introduces Pagemaker for the Macintosh, a program that lets users mix type and graphics on the same page. The combination of this software and the new Apple LaserWriter laser printer helps create the desktop publishing field.
1985 The Mach Project begins at the Carnegie Mellon University.
1985 IBM develops NetBEUI.
1985 Microsoft Windows 1.0 is introduced in November, 1985 and is initially sold for $100.00.
1985 The Nintendo Entertainment System makes its debut.
1985 ATI is founded.
1985 Boca is established.
1985 Corel is founded.
1985 Gravis is founded.
1986 The Hacker Manifesto is published in Phrack (Volume One, Issue 7, Phile 3 of 10) on January 8, 1986.
1986 Gigabyte is founded.
1986 Pixar is co-founded by Steve Jobs.
1986 Apple introduces the Mac Plus. The computer contained one megabyte of RAM, new keyboard that contained cursors and numeric keypad and sold for $2,600.
1986 The AT or 101 key keyboard is introduced by IBM.
1986 Compaq introduces the first 386-based PC compatible computer.
1986 The NCSA opens.
1986 Microsoft is listed on the New York Stock Exchange selling shares to the public at $21 each, making Bill Gates one of the worlds youngest billionaires.
1986 More than 30 million computers are in use in the United States.
1986 MS-DOS 3.2 was released April, 1986.
1986 IMAP is developed by Stanford University.
1986 Eric Thomas develops the first Listserv.
1986 NSFNET is created.
1986 BITNET II is created.
1986 CD-i format is specified.
1986 Aztech is established.
1986 Avid is established.
1987 Oak Technology is founded.
1987 CompuServe introduces the GIF standard and images.
1987 RealTek is founded October 1987.
1987 Robert Noyce is awarded the National Medal of Technology.
1987 Microsoft purchases Forethought Incorporated. The company that developed the presentation software PowerPoint.
1987 Microsoft introduces Windows 2.0 in December 9, 1987.
1987 Microsoft introduces Microsoft Works.
1987 VIA Technologies is founded.
1987 Microsoft and IBM release OS/2 1.0.
1987 The Mac SE is introduced at $2,900.
1987 Chipsets begin to be found on computer motherboards.
1987 IBM introduces the PS / 2 personal computer, which has improved graphics, a 3.5-inch diskette drive, and proprietary bus to help prevent clone makers competition.
1987 IBM sends clone manufacturers letters demanding retroactive licensing fees.
1987 IBM develops 8514/A.
1987 MS-DOS 3.3 was released April, 1987.
1987 IBM introduces MCA.
1987 Microsoft Shares hits $100 per share.
1987 Apogee is founded, Apogee is well known for its computer games as well as the company who first released a 'Shareware' game.
1987 The SPARC processor is introduced by Sun.
1987 IBM introduces VGA.
1987 Larry Wall introduces Perl 1.0
1987 Elitegroup Computer Systems is established.
1988 Apple files a copyright infringement against Microsoft for Windows 2.03 and Hewlett Packard for New Wave in comparison with their Macintosh operating system.
1988 About 45 million PCs are in use in the United States.
1988 Friedrich Reintzer discovers liquid crystal.
1988 SNMP is introduced.
1988 First T-1 backbone is added to ARPANET.
1988 Xircom is founded.
1988 Bitnet and CSNET merge to create CREN.
1988 Trend Micro is founded.
1988 Creative Labs introduces the SoundBlaster, a sound card for the PC that contains an 11-voice FM synthesizer with text-to-speech, digitized voice input / output, a MIDI port, a joystick port and bundled software.
1988 Jarkko Oikarinen develops IRC
1988 EISA is developed as an alternative to MCA.
1988 Motorola releases the 88000 processor.
1988 NTP is introduced.
1988 Promise is founded.
1988 OSF is founded.
1988 Morphing is first introduced in the movie Willow.
1988 MS-DOS 4.0 was released July, 1988.
1988 MS-DOS 4.01 was released November, 1988.
1989 GriD Systems Corporation introduces the first pen-based computer.
1989 PCMCIA trade association is founded.
1989 ActionFront is founded.
1989 EPoX is founded.
1989 ABIT is founded.
1989 Fred Cohen is awarded the Information Technology Award.
1989 Intel releases the 486DX processor, with more than 1 million transistors and multitasking capabilities.
1989 Orange book is released by Philips and Sony.
1989 Poqet announces the Poqet PC the first pocket-sized MS-DOS compatible computer.../history/198090.htm
1989 Asus is founded.
1989 The networking routing protocol OSPF is introduced.
1989 Citrix is founded.
1989 S3 Inc. is founded.

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02-10-2008 08:47 PM  10 years agoPost 48
smj

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Commodore 64+4
God,that was a long time ago,those stupid cassette drive's that would take about 10 mins to load a game,then hang on the last bit!! Used to drive me insane!!

"All people have the right to stupidity but some abuse the privilege."

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02-10-2008 09:02 PM  10 years agoPost 49
pchristy

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Mine was a UK101 (c.1980), which was a "Europeanised" Ohio Scientific Superboard. It came as a circuit board and bags of components - took ages to solder it all together, but it worked first time, and still is working! Compared to the DEC PDP-8 I'd trained on at college, it was pretty quick!

I eventually added an Elektor 16K memory board to it, which brought the total up to a massive 32K - quite something for the time!

It eventually got replaced by a BBC model "B", which I used right up to the time I got my first PC.......

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02-10-2008 09:44 PM  10 years agoPost 50
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Hey Pete, thats what I had... the UK101, 6502 CPU.

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02-10-2008 11:17 PM  10 years agoPost 51
Yug

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charliedoane - thanks for your history of computing. Seeing it like that, it's amazing how quickly it took off.

Vegetable rights and Peace

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02-10-2008 11:23 PM  10 years agoPost 52
AndyH

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My 1st was a commodore Vic-20. I was 5. I used to stay up late programming it to play music in basic. It was so cool.

Also had an Apple IIe too. PR#6 baby!!!!

This hobby is like Kryptonite to chicks!

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02-11-2008 01:15 AM  10 years agoPost 53
tadawson

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Your history is admirable, but starts far too late . . . there were numerous home systems available well before Billy the Squid decided to crap msdos upon the world . . . not to mention mainframe based systems that go back to the late 60's or early 70's . . .

- Tim

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02-11-2008 01:50 AM  10 years agoPost 54
Tailrotor Joe

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Intel SBC 8080, 1978

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02-11-2008 02:00 AM  10 years agoPost 55
CeeJay

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H8 was my first. H80 was my second.
Good ol' Heath Kits.

My first true purchased kit was the H8 Put it together and just had a ball.

Second was the H80. Basically, with all the options, it was a Z-90 Zenith. One what you had to put together yourself, Though. Good ol' Cp/M OS, had a 56k TP area and it was ROCKING!

Jessus, guys, I'm dating myself here!

Anyone remember Drum drives? Dam what a nightmare to align!

CeeJay

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02-11-2008 04:13 AM  10 years agoPost 56
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Wow!! You guys had keyboards??? Cool!

The first computers that I worked with were actually my brother's ... a MITS Altair 8800 and a IMSAI 8080. Both required all inputs -- including program entry -- to be done by way of toggle switches on the front panel. I got pretty good at entering hex code without looking at the switches.

Oh yeah ... and back before anyone ever heard of Uncle Bill.


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02-11-2008 09:11 AM  10 years agoPost 57
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Mac_Man: Yep that was the one! I fitted switches to mine to increase the tape loading speed - a whole 600 baud! I also fitted another that doubled the clock speed to a whopping 2 MHz, but that tended to make it a bit incompatible with other things!

Still got it, and it was still running last time I fired it up!

okw14: Yes, I remember programming via front panel switches! The PDP-8 I was taught on had switch registers on the front, except it worked in octal, not hex (12-bit machine IIRC)!

If someone wiped the memory, you had to reload the OS (something called Focal - a bit like Basic). This involved loading a bootstrap program via the switches (data - address - load - or something like that), before it could load anything from the paper tape reader. Then you loaded the OS loader off paper tape, and finally the OS itself! Which could take up to an hour for the 4K operating system!

Then you could finally access the thing via a ksr-33 teletype!

Eventually we got an optical paper tape reader which sped things up enormously, but seemed to take the magic away somehow!

<Sigh> Nostalgia's not what it used to be...........!!

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02-11-2008 09:38 AM  10 years agoPost 58
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Mine was a Nascom 1 back in 1979, it featured a 2 MHz Z-80 and a whopping 2K of RAM (although this was expandable).

I only ever programmed this machine in assembler using the built in monitor NAS-BUG.

I still have it and last time I checked (a couple of years ago) it still worked!

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02-11-2008 01:32 PM  10 years agoPost 59
AV8TOR

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8088 processsor.

The hard question I had to make when I bought it was whether I should go with the standard 20 meg hard drive or pay the extra money for the 32 meg drive.

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02-11-2008 03:24 PM  10 years agoPost 60
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IBM 286... Battlezone FTW!

What chu know about 2400 baud modems? lol

Considering my age, I started using PCs as soon as I could. I even had a plotter to make transparencies

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