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48 minutes ago, Ron Attwood said:

Who's going to be the first with "I remember my Commodore 64"?

Funny you should mention that. My very first computer was a Commodore DX-64. While I bought it primarily to use at my GE Service Station (two-radio shop), I spent many hours playing with Flight Simulator II on it! That 5 inch color screen was awesome! 👴


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The first billing and account "system" I worked on (not even gonna classify it as a computer) had 4K of program memory, upgrade-able to 12K, with 1.5K data memory.  That's core memory...little iron doughnuts with a wire running through it! 🙄


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1 hour ago, Ron Attwood said:

Commodore 64

But there were far more games available only for that format at PC World, Game, Argos, etc,etc


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Hehe, I have 5 GB remaining on my 1TB SSD...


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31 minutes ago, charliearon said:

The first billing and account "system" I worked on (not even gonna classify it as a computer) had 4K of program memory, upgrade-able to 12K, with 1.5K data memory.  That's core memory...little iron doughnuts with a wire running through it! 🙄

The junior college where I began my studies had in addition to an IBM 360 mainframe, six DEC PDP-11 computers available for student use. Of course we played a space battle game on them when not using them for our classwork... 😏


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1 hour ago, Ron Attwood said:

"I remember my Commodore 64"?

I remember my Commodore 64 - must have been around 1983 🤣


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24 minutes ago, n4gix said:

IBM 360 mainframe, six DEC PDP-11 computers

Now, those are indeed memory-stirrers🤣


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2 hours ago, vc10man said:

Now that,Ron, is a a good memory you have🤣

Gotcha! I didn't start my computer life until a Pentium II 300 Mhz. There was a 285 Mhz I believe, but I said no, I'll go for the more expensive one and I'll be future proofed....For about 20 minutes. 🙁


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Bunch of youngsters!

My first computer (I kid you not) - circa 1977:

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I'm amazed these are for sale on eBay.

Cheers, Rob.

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36 minutes ago, Rob_Ainscough said:

My first computer

That's why you're streets ahead from some of the rig pix I saw last year re: Water Cooling👍

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49 minutes ago, Rob_Ainscough said:

Bunch of youngsters!

My first computer (I kid you not) - circa 1977:

WTH is that?!
How was PacMan or Pong on it? 😆


You guys make me feel like I'm a kid. My first PC was a Tandy 1000 HX running at an incredible 7.16 MHz with an epic 256 KB of RAM. Yet, that was light years ahead of what some of you are describing!
 


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7 minutes ago, F737NG said:

WTH is that?!

The silver looking contact points were actually springs to hold wires in place.  I wired the logic circuit I wanted using the supplied wire (right side in pic) ... I was the transistor and manually operated those "switches" (all 10 of them).  It was really more a logic/switch learning kit.

Skip to 15 min mark to see how it really works:

Cheers, Rob. 

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1 hour ago, Rob_Ainscough said:

Bunch of youngsters!

My first computer (I kid you not) - circa 1977:

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I'm amazed these are for sale on eBay.

Cheers, Rob.

I remember those. In fact, you can still buy things like this at Microcenter!

My second computer, circa 1980, which stood about 7 feet tall and roughly 5 feet wide, one super I/O suite as well.  And... 32-bit, two massive CPUs, and six memory banks of 512MB each!  Woo-Hoo!

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Who you guys calling youngsters? No one's mentioned punch tape readers yet......one mistake and you have to rewrite the whole tape (program). Punch cards were a breakthrough. :laugh:


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I had an Amstrad but that was essentially a word processor so when I found that the Sinclair Spectrum 48K had a flight simulator available I went for it! Although it was a basic as you could get with elementary graphics and about 4 or 5 instruments, the flight simulator seemed amazing at the time and kept me entertained for hours shooting approaches on it! Little did we know .....

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