View Poll Results: What is the oldest computer you use?

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  • Older than 1985

    13 27.66%
  • 1985-1989

    5 10.64%
  • 1989-1992

    6 12.77%
  • 1992-1995

    4 8.51%
  • 1995-1997

    4 8.51%
  • 1997-1999

    9 19.15%
  • 2000-2003

    3 6.38%
  • 2003-2006

    3 6.38%

What is your oldest computer?

This is a discussion on What is your oldest computer? within the A Brief History of Cprogramming.com forums, part of the Community Boards category; Pentium 200 MMX, Win98 installed and running. (My mother uses it.) I threw out the 133 firewall/web server about a ...

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    Pentium 200 MMX, Win98 installed and running. (My mother uses it.)

    I threw out the 133 firewall/web server about a year ago and replaced it with a shiny (and quiet) AthlonXP 2000.
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    I'm actually surprised at how many people have old comps. I've got an old 1986 Zenith/Heath Z-180 laptop that I use regularly. It's got a wopping 640K of RAM, an amazing 720K floppy drive, an an entire 12MB hard drive that doesn't work. I use TC (TurboC) 2.01 on it.

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    I have a register from a Mark 1 era computer, it weighs about 15 lbs and is several feet tall.
    I'm not immature, I'm refined in the opposite direction.

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    Really? Were you on the Mark 1 dev. team?

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    I said Mark 1 era, I could never pinpoint the exact evolution of what I've got. No, I wasn't on the Mark1 dev team, I'm not that old, considering the Mark1 was a world war 2 era computer, finished just after the second world war actually, designed for computing artilery tables. The register I have was given to me by a university professor friend of mine. It's odd, that an actual Mark1 register (residing at Harvard I believe) would be worth quite a lot of money, but the evolutions of computers immediately after would be worth next to nothing because they didn't represent any sort of profound breakthrough in computing.
    I'm not immature, I'm refined in the opposite direction.

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    Oldest running now is a 233MHz P-II with Win95 on it.

    I used to have a lot of old gear, but got rid of most of it during a period where I was moving house alot. I still have a 4k magnetic core memory unit from a Control Data Cyber-605 mainframe, the "toggle panel" from DEC PDP-11 and a similar unit from an IBM 1130. On the desk in front of me is a gold plated wood mounted key used to lock/unlock the front panel command keys of an SEL 32/77 that I managed for far too many years in the '80's.
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    I still have my ATARI 600XT with regular tapes
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    Oldest one I have is an "apple Macintosh " as they seem to want to call it, it still works though not that I ever use it....
    They say that if you play a Windows Install CD backwords, you hear satanic messages. That's nothing; play it forward and it installs Windows.

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    We should have a museum.
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    I have a 400MHz Celeron sitting under my desk that I was going to use as a server, but I never got around to installing an OS on it yet. Maybe one of these days....
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    commodore 64. 1982
    still works, but i never use it anymore.
    paperweight in my crawlspace
    wrote my first basic program on it many moons ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ober
    I have a 400MHz Celeron sitting under my desk that I was going to use as a server, but I never got around to installing an OS on it yet. Maybe one of these days....
    I have one too...it's a POS compaq...I hated that computer - had so many problems with it: changed HD twice, burned out a graphics card, the ZIP drive got ******, the USB port didn't awlays work, and finally the CD Drive wouldn't open....

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    Mine is my wife's old Gateway. It actually still has all the origional hardware (plus an extra HD I put in and some RAM).
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    A Macintosh performa 400. It came with 4mb RAM, 20mb HD, and I think it was a 12mhz processor. I remember when I bought a CD-ROM drive for it, it cost me 400 bucks!

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    I have a really old... um wait. I have a laptop (DELL Inspiron 8600) from 2004.

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