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My First Computer

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  • AndyC

    Yup, a little rubber keyed Speccy here too, albeit the 16K model rather than the 48K. I can still remember wondering how that little black box worked and being amazed and intruiged by all the strange coloured words covering the keyboard.

  • cbae

    @Richard.Hein: Ah, yes. The good ole Trash 80. Fanboyism has a long history. Smiley

  • JoshRoss

    Atari 130XE

  • Minh

    @cbae:That was my first "personal" computer. I also had the tape drive, but it was soon replaced after the 1541 disk drive came out. 

    Oh, but don't you miss the psychedellic jiffyload... it blew my mind how fast it was... oh, and the colors lol... but maybe nostalgia is clouding the awesomeness that was those 180KB floppies... hehe... and you get the other side for free w/ a cheap notcher

  • Minh

    Truth be told, I secretly lusted after this one (which I haven't seen anyone admitted to have)

  • Bas

    , Minh wrote

    Truth be told, I secretly lusted after this one (which I haven't seen anyone admitted to have)

    I had the TI-99/4A, with the speech module that allowed a womanly voice to say "great shot captain" and "alien craft advancing" in Parsec. I spent so many hours defending earth from the Urbite menace.

    Also, I had Hunt the Wumpus, which was incredible. I still want to make a great modern version of that some day.

  • Minh

    Yeah all the old 2D games are making a comeback

     

  • cbae

    , Minh wrote

    Truth be told, I secretly lusted after this one (which I haven't seen anyone admitted to have)

    That was back when thin and shiny didn't necessarily translate into high desirability.

  • Minh

    @cbae That was back when thin and shiny didn't necessarily translate into high desirability.

    thanks Steve Jobs... I'm glad we made it thru that stone age

  • cbae

    , Minh wrote

    @cbae That was back when thin and shiny didn't necessarily translate into high desirability.

    thanks Steve Jobs... I'm glad we made it thru that stone age

    How can you thank Steve Jobs? The Apple II was probably the fattest of all the home computers of that era.

  • W3bbo

    , cbae wrote

    *snip*

    That was back when thin and shiny didn't necessarily translate into high desirability.

    Cheap materials - there's a difference between using anodised aluminium and silver-painted plastic, both are shiny, but only one is desirable.

  • cbae

    , W3bbo wrote

    *snip*

    Cheap materials - there's a difference between using anodised aluminium and silver-painted plastic, both are shiny, but only one is desirable.

    Aluminum is a cheap metal.  Stainless steel would be far more desirable than aluminum. Hell, why not make the case out of platinum, if you wanted to make your computer out of non-cheap materials?

  • W3bbo

    , cbae wrote

    *snip*

    Aluminum is a cheap metal.  Stainless steel would be far more desirable than aluminum. Hell, why not make the case out of platinum, if you wanted to make your computer out of non-cheap materials?

    Alumnium costs more than steel ( http://www.roymech.co.uk/Useful_Tables/Matter/Costs.html )

    But it's not just about the raw material, it's how its processed. Note how I said it would anodised.

    BTW, I maintain that the iPhone 4/4S reminds me of a 1970s Philips electric shaver.

  • Minh

    , cbae wrote

    *snip*

    How can you thank Steve Jobs? The Apple II was probably the fattest of all the home computers of that era.

    I meant the latest incarnation of SJ... assuming he hasn't been reborn again already

  • cbae

    Look at the chart again. 304 is probably the lowest grade of the stainless steels. Compare the price of 304 with aluminum.

    But it's not just about the raw material, it's how its processed. Note how I said it would anodised.

    Anodizing is one of the cheapest plating processes available. I've got to hand it Apple. They've bamboozled the public into thinking one of the most abundant and cheap elements on Earth is a precious metal.

  • cbae

    , Minh wrote

    *snip*I meant the latest incarnation of SJ... assuming he hasn't been reborn again already

    It's been at least 3 days, so he's probably floating around somewhere.

  • JeremyJ

    I had such fond memories of my Tandy 1000 EX

    http://www.pcmuseum.ca/details.asp?id=100

  • ScanIAm

    40 column, all upper-case, monochrome display.

    I did eventually get a CPM card that gave 132 columns, upper and lower case, and the complete awesomeness of wordstar...

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