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Author Topic: What was your first computer?  (Read 12973 times)

tomh38

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Re: What was your first computer?
« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2009, 09:11:56 am »

The other day the mother of a friend of mine asked me if I could "run off" a copy of a DVD I have for her.

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Re: What was your first computer?
« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2009, 11:59:09 am »

My first computer was a neural network based model I received as a gift when I was born. It has approximately 100 billion nodes, advanced computer vision, diverse databases on many subjects, can execute a number of useful algorithms, and has occasionally even passed the Turing Test
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Re: What was your first computer?
« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2009, 12:56:32 pm »

Commodore 64. 

Mine too.

You might have heard that there are websites hosted on a commodore 64 machine, for example this one:
http://www.c64web.com/

There are also unix-like systems for C64:
http://www.c64web.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contiki

including among others multitasking kernel and TCP/IP networking, including IPv6

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Re: What was your first computer?
« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2009, 02:57:58 pm »

I got my first PC pretty late so it was an AMD Duron 850MHz Spitfire, 256+128,20GB

It's still running today, my parents use it. XP SP3 is on it, it runs like a snail. The spitfire I think is starting to spit blood, the cmos battery is weak (the date and the hardware keep dissapearing from BIOS settings) but it's still running! I wonder if I can get a new cmos battery for a 7 old motherboard?
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Re: What was your first computer?
« Reply #19 on: May 25, 2009, 08:12:02 am »

I have replaced several CMOS batteries using standard watch batteries. Take the old one out and find the voltage. There is a good chance you will find a suitable replacement at your local drug or grocery store.
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Re: What was your first computer?
« Reply #20 on: May 25, 2009, 09:53:11 am »

The first computer i ever touched was a laptop, i was something like five back then, so i barely remember it. The first computer i related to was one my father bought at the end of the nineties. It was a beast in its day, 6 Gb of strage! 256 Mb Ram! It was awesome. It ran windows 98, but i mostly ran games on it, heroes 2 mostly.
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Re: What was your first computer?
« Reply #21 on: May 25, 2009, 10:29:25 am »

I have replaced several CMOS batteries using standard watch batteries. Take the old one out and find the voltage. There is a good chance you will find a suitable replacement at your local drug or grocery store.

I'll have to give it a try, thanks!
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Re: What was your first computer?
« Reply #22 on: May 25, 2009, 10:48:02 am »

Oh boy, M0E ... looks like I get the "old fart" award here...

My own first computer-like thing was a homebuilt "adder" using discrete 7400 TTL chips (AND, OR gates, and a latch).
It had 4 toggle switches, 2 push buttons, and 5 transistors driving 5 light bulbs.   (And cost me probably $120)

It worked like this:

Power on, reset.
Press one button to enter a number,
enter 4 binary digits on the toggles for first number,
press the button again to enter second number,
enter 4 binary digits on the toggles for second number, and
press the button again to add and show result.

Then the light bulbs would light the resulting binary value.

(And the geeky trivia question: why were there FIVE light bulbs instead of four?)

The next thing, that really was a computer, was built on top of that last thing:
An 8080 microprocessor on a breadboard that had a whopping 128 bytes of memory, an address controller, some more latches and what not.
Eight switches for loading in the code (seriously), and a gob of transistors driving lamps to see what it was doing.

Needless to say, I never filled that code space - got tired of clicking switches.

The first REAL computer I worked on was and IBM 360 doing BAL Assembler ("Branch And Link") and FORTRAN
--- Using punch cards

(And the second geeky trivia question: what is the "Bit Bucket"?)

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Re: What was your first computer?
« Reply #23 on: May 25, 2009, 02:40:33 pm »

Wow. Definitely a story!. And no... I have no idea why it would have 5 lamps instead of just 4.

If I had to guess I would say the fifth was some kind of status indicator

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Re: What was your first computer?
« Reply #24 on: May 25, 2009, 02:43:53 pm »

signed numbers?
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Re: What was your first computer?
« Reply #25 on: May 25, 2009, 03:28:36 pm »

Oh yeah!?!  Well I helped Charles Babbage work on his Difference Engine!  We never finished it ... but ... so there!
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Re: What was your first computer?
« Reply #26 on: May 25, 2009, 06:07:46 pm »

Oh yeah!?!  Well I helped Charles Babbage work on his Difference Engine!  We never finished it ... but ... so there!

I built the Antikythera computer
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Re: What was your first computer?
« Reply #27 on: May 27, 2009, 05:24:07 pm »

As Tom would say,

Neeener Neeener Neener ! :P
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Re: What was your first computer?
« Reply #28 on: May 28, 2009, 02:38:38 pm »

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Re: What was your first computer?
« Reply #29 on: May 28, 2009, 04:50:12 pm »

My first was a VIC 20. I later upgraded to to a Commodore 64. After the first Intel AT chips came out I built my first Intel box on the 8086 chip from parts bought through Computer Shopper.
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