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Old 04-19-2013   #21
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Grundy NewBrain, Z80 processor, 32 K Ram, tape recorder storage.
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Timex Sinclair.

I don't remember the specks but it was a pain to program.
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About 1982 . . . got a used Commodor that had been upgraded to the Max . . . to 32KB . . 5 1/2 floppy, then added a tape drive that took sometimes 10 minutes to find a file.

I remember how excited I was when the Commmodor 64 was announced!

Today . . . my watch has more memory that my computer had back then.
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Cut my teeth on the Vic 20, then Commodore 64. I wrote programs that let you select games to play - Frogger, Donkey Kong and others. Put them on those big floppies. I remember my first 5 floppy - $5.99 for one at Radio Shack. I moved up to Commodore 128, several dot matrix printers and a daisy-wheel. Forget the word processor but it let me do almost anything. Would stop automatically to let you change the wheel for italics, bold, etc. Had an early Apple, forgot the model but you had to run floppies and type in numerous commands before you got it going. Many computers since. Im a Windows person.
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First (family) computer was a Sinclair ZX81 with 16kb RAM upgrade. Followed by a 48k ZX Spectrum, and then an Atari ST.

First PC was a Wang 16MHz 386sx with 2MB RAM, 40MB Hard Disk, and a display that could do 640x400 in 256 colours or 640x480 in 16 colours. Subsequently upgraded to 4MB RAM and maths co-processor.
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Commodore 64 that I bought used from a guy that had bought it for his kids and no one could figure out what to do with it.
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I had a Timex Sinclair that had 72mb memory, used a cartridge program system, had no hard drive, had no floppy drive, but you could use the keyboard to write programs as each key had a mode in which each would stand for certain code lines. I did purchase a thermal printer. lol

My first desktop was a Tandy 1000 with no hard drive, a 5 1/4 in floppy, and a black/white monitor. The first printer was a dot matrix that was a pinfed model. Oh, and when I finally got a modem, I went through the progression of 300, 600, 900 baud ones!! Fun times. Took forever to download.
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I so wanted the C128
Replaced my C=64 with a C=128 not long after it was released. Moved from that to a PC clone.
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Clive Sinclair - ZX-80 with 2K RAM.
Mine was the ZX-81 with 2k on board, but I really went all out and got the 64k add on memory module and 40 col thermal printer!

The first real usable computer was a Kapro 4 with the CP/M OS, two 5 1/4in floppy drives, z-80 processor and 64k ram. WordStar was the main word processor but it also had Perfect Writer with it. I ultimately had about 5 different language compilers for it and use it in college while getting my computer science degree.

BTW, I still have that Kaypro and it still works!
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Apple II was my first around 1979. It had an 8 bit 6502 CPU which ran at 1 mhz, and a 5.25 inch floppy drive. Came with 4k Ram which I soon upgraded to 16K, then upgraded again to 32k. When the Apple IIe came out a few years later I paid over $2,000 for it and it was my dream machine for sure. I still have my Apple IIe as a collector's item.


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