View Full Version : Poll: What was your vintage first computer?

10-04-2002, 07:05 AM
What was your first ever computer?

Mine: ZX Spectrum 48KB, followed by a quirky Tatung Einstein 64KB.

10-04-2002, 07:26 AM
surpisingly enough, I got my first computer in 2000 (PC) and started programming in 2001 becuase I read in one of those dumb "How to hack" txt files you get everywhere and it said as one way to hack: "Learn a programming language and write hacking programs", and I can't remember where I heard of C++, i must have heard of it somewhere, so I started it not knowing a thing about programming...all I knew was that C++ was a programming langauge...suddenly everybody has lost respect for me...oh wait, nobody had respect for me in the first place. Damn.

10-04-2002, 07:54 AM
My first computer was a 48k zx spectrum.The one with the horrible rubber keypad. My mate had a BBC model B which had a powerful assembler built right into the basic.I spent many hours at his house learning 6502 asm then I decided to investigate asm on the spectrum. I got hold of an assembler and a couple of books and I wrote some simple games. About this time my school filled a new lab with BBC micros and a couple of 128k BBC masters which were top of the range at the time. These were all linked on a rudimentary network called Econet. I got very interested in the things that I could do across the network in 6502 asm. Eventually I was given a life ban from the computer labs because at the time I was quite immature and did some stupid things like hanging other comps,remote controlling and the thing that was worst viewed was my server interceptor which rerouted everything sent to the file server and dumped it into a textfile. My comp teacher didnt like being totally outwitted and he was very unhappy when he found out what I had been doing as by that time I had intercepted all 3 of his passwords for his accounts.Hence life ban. He never did know asm and could never understand how my programs did as they did but he was silly enough to leave advanced econet programming lying around which gave me all the handshaking info i needed to intercept every command sent across the network.

10-04-2002, 09:10 AM
Whew my first computer my family got when i was 2, it was in 1982, it was an Apple II GS no hard drisk, if i remember it had 2k memory but we expanded it to 4k, had a 3 1/2 in floppy and a 5 1/4 floppy drives. First game I played was shark hunter, you were on a boat and shot spears and sharks which were swimming around. I think we have a copy of Lotus Works 1.0 for it somewhere, its just sitting in my closet collecting dust. Man those were the days, slow computers and slow printing on a dot matrix printer.

10-04-2002, 12:12 PM
Atari ST

10-04-2002, 12:55 PM
we had a tandy 1000 ex (an ibm pc clone, essentially):
640k (expanded from 256 k)
8.1mhz 8088 processor (cheaper than 8086, and less powerful...)
2 5 1/4 floppy drives (double sided!, 360k)
graphical memory for a cga but not quite enough for a ega... but many games supported the tandy graphics mode

this computer is older than i am... 1983. it still works, but the monitor went bust. (thank god for its tv output ability).

The Dog
10-04-2002, 01:03 PM
ZX Spectrum 48KB

10-04-2002, 02:11 PM
My first computer, although not quite vintage was an IBM PCjr :)

10-04-2002, 02:25 PM
my fist pc was a Gateway 2000. It was a good ol' 486.

It had:

225 MB hd
8 MB ram
66 mhz processor
1 3-1/2" floppy
1 5-1/4" floppy

10-04-2002, 02:28 PM
You young farts with your fancy keyboards, monitors, hard drives. When I learned programming all we had were ones and zeroes, and we didn't have any ones! If'n you didn't know how to flip switches and plug in cables, you were lower than dirt. You were lower than dog crap in the basement. Now you all got your high falutin' Fortran and Cobol, Cee plus plus, Java. If'n I wanted Java I'd go to Juan Valdez! You make me... aaaggghhhh!


10-04-2002, 03:32 PM
Not exactly vintage but old by today's standards:

Compaq Presario 9546:
100-MHz Pentium processor
8-MB RAM (upgraded to 24 MB)
1-MB video RAM
1-GB hard drive
Microsoft Windows 95
4x CD-ROM drive
1.44-MB 3.5-in. disk drive
Trio 64V+ or similar video card
ES sound card
14.4-kbps fax+data+voice (19.2 kbps Compaq proprietary) modem

This computer now runs Debian GNU/Linux 2.2rev6. I lived with this powerful system until late 1998.

10-04-2002, 03:54 PM
Texas Instrements 3.86 i think.

10-04-2002, 04:16 PM
What a coinincidince! I have a TI83+ graphning calc!!

10-04-2002, 05:08 PM
Salvelinus, you pusillinamous jackass! In my day alll we had was clay tablets and a stylus! We coded in cuneiform! You try coding a videogame while the clay is drying. Not to mention getting slaves to switch the image tablets 24 times a second. Many died in the attempt, but we were coders!

10-04-2002, 05:17 PM
Me hear Babmaloo say he first coder. Uh! Me first coder. Me meet Babmaloo, me beat on head with club. Urg code with pictoglyph. Pictoglyph of buffalo same as #include <iostream>
Today man know nothing!!

10-04-2002, 05:40 PM
Not exactly vintage, but old enough.

8mb RAM later upgraded to 12
202mb hard drive
DOS 6.22
Windows 3.11 later switched to Windows For Workgroups

Qbasic was fun at the time.

10-04-2002, 05:46 PM
A 1998 Hewlett Packard was the first computer my family owned.

P2 350
96MB PC100 RAM
ATI RagePro 8MB AGP2x
Ensoniq AudioPCI

10-04-2002, 08:48 PM
IBM PC. I still have it. And it runs too!

10-04-2002, 08:49 PM
my grandpa still has an old Amstrad lying around ... its funny becuase it sounds like it has a lawnmower engine inside it

10-04-2002, 08:50 PM
No wait I forgot one. My real first...and this one takes the prize!!!

Laptop. Made by RadioShack. Ran on 4 Double A's.

OS: Basic

games if you made them

10-04-2002, 08:52 PM

sorry i honestly couldn't help it.

Sentaku senshi
10-04-2002, 08:59 PM
My first computer I ever used I belive was an Apple of some sort and no I never did program on that.

My next computer was an AST Advanture/Advantage 60/60 and I used that one until up to a little less then a year ago. Now my brother owns it.

In my closet I have an intergrity. and the sweet thing is that it works, though I have no clue on how to use it.

10-05-2002, 03:08 AM
ICL 1904.

10-05-2002, 04:45 AM
Mine was a ZX Spectrum....it had rubber keys, loaded from cassette, and made lot of funny noise when loading....only used it for games though

I could take a shower while loading some games.....My friend had one with a floppy disk drive......he was god for that summer :)

10-05-2002, 08:50 AM
Am I really the only person to start with an Amstard CPC 464?? That green screen was cool way before the gameboy made it so!

10-06-2002, 05:48 AM
286 IBM PC (Clone)
5" FLoopy
47(?) MB HDD (Cigarettes)
Cannot remember much....
In 1992 .. It was costly in BD.

10-06-2002, 06:20 AM
386, 33MHz
640KB (updragded to 1MB)
Win 3.1
256 colors display card
40MB HDD (upgraded to 80MB)
monochrome monitor
2 x 5.25 FDD

10-06-2002, 01:16 PM
speccy 48k.

it was the tops..bbc had no decent games out, and the c64 came out slightly later if i remember correctly.

I can also remember the wavy lines at the sides of the screen and the god awful noise it made.

But the games-oh wow.

I even had a thermal printer for it. Couldnt afford a 'micro drive' though-they were expensive.

10-06-2002, 01:55 PM
i feel the need to quote weird al...

"You think your commodore 64 is really neeto, what kinda chip u got in there a dorrito?! Your using a 286 don't make me laugh, your winodws boots up in what a day and a half, u can backup your whole hard drive on a floppy diskette, your the biggest joke on the internet. Your database is a disaster, your wax'n your modem trying to make it go faster. Hey fella, i bet your still living in your parents cellar dloading pictures of sarah michelle geller."

-All about the pentiums.

10-06-2002, 02:46 PM
NEC Power Mate 2

12-27-2002, 04:42 PM

CPU: Intel Pentium MMX 200 Mhz
RAM: 32 MB
HDD: 2,9 GB
OS: Windows 95 (horrible)

Still working on it, but some tuning:

80 GB (BIOS update, nice to do it yourself)

Gonna get a AMD k6-2 550 Mhz 3D now processor (and a very good cooler)