Your first experience with a computer?

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    What was your first ever experience with a computer?

    My first experience: Was with a BBC Micro, it was that simple 10 print code that printed what ever you wanted 1000 times on your screen! remember that? After that I was hooked and since then I have never looked back. Followed after that was the Mac Classic II, thats when I found out that you could bypass security options / find passwords and get yourself into trouble. :suicide:

    When did you become hooked? Have you had any bad upgrade stories? I would like to know what type of users we have on the forum and what type of first experience you have had.

    Please post below:
     
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    hehehe, great post!

    First experience i'm sure would be the old atari or whatever tennis game.

    quickly followed by many years with a ZX spectrum!
     
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    BBC Micro would have to be the first for me.

    Ch."" remember that?

    We had the old wood panelled Atari too with Combat. :D
     
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    Ahh ZX spectrum, had one of those! was there two versions one with built in tape deck and the other without :confused:

    Was a c64 fan also but was not an amiga fan!. I remember dropping my brothers c64 and all the keys falling off! Back in them days you did not think oh bring it back its faulty :( So I sat and stuck them all back on one by one, things are not built like that any more. (it was the first c64 the larger one.)
     
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    Sinclair ZX81 in 1982 (I was 8 years old). It wasn't around long as it kept crashing.

    I then got given a Compaq portable. I did my first program on it. It seemed biggger at the time but then was only 9. It was like carrying around heavy suitcase for me.

    http://oldcomputers.net/compaqi.html

    The next computer was a Scheider (Toshiba) which had the keyboard and floppy drive built in into one unit. It had a amber colour screen which was really nice to work with. This was still before the days of the first hard drives and everything had to be loaded into memory from disks. I can't remember which model it was.

    My first true laptop was also a Scheider and also had a amber screen. It was still DOS only but came with a 10MB Hard disk. :)

    For fun it was the C64 for years, then Atari ST, then Amiga 500. I only had the Atari for a week because someone I knew bought the Amiga. He had the same game as me (Blood Money) and the Amiga version had cool voices which the Atari didn't have. :D
     
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    It was about 12 years ago...I remember going on the internet for the first time,thought it was amazing,took about a week for a page to load...:rolleyes:

    After about 2 hours i took it apart to see what was inside.....:D

    It was a mitusitu..:rolleyes: .i think.........:)
     
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    bbc micro at school was the first computer i used. they had not long got them in, so the teachers were just learning how to use them from manuals - ones that i had read before them, so i knew more about it than they did. they had them networked up to a "server" that had a 5 1/4" floppy drive with programs saved on it. i found out how to take over the server or any other of the computers, or even dump the memory contents of a computer to mine. i could even do it on a timer so things would go wonky when i wasn't in the room

    first pc at home was the zx81, and then the zx spectrum and then the spectrum +. i used to fix them for kids at school, taking them apart and fixing the keyboards and stuff. great times

    my first pc at home was an ancient 486 i got free from work. after reformatting it and reinstallling windows it worked better at home than it ever did in the office
     
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    Not sure what it was, but my uncle had a computer like thingy. A great big thick green cursor would continually flash and I would just spend ages, just typing random stuff. Never actually used it properly. The first computer I used properly was in junior school. It was an Apple - the one where you had to turn the computer on via switching a flick on the keyboard!

    Then after that came a Windows PC. It was the one where if you entered the user and pass - manager and changeme it would boot into a Windows 98 installation. Think that was the first bit of hacking I did. :devil: That and discovering the admin pass - and I was only in year 6.

    Then while in year 8, I discovered how to play Quake II across the network - without having it installed. Which was alot of fun. I also discovered 3 teachers passes in that year.

    A trend that continued into the higher years, where my [messing about] computing experience grew. I remember one time we (myself and a fellow computer geek) didn't fancy doing mail merging. And started to noise about the random computers through the novell networks. And we found a **** load of porn - porn that belonged to the schoo network admin. :rotfl: Boy was he ******. He disabled my friends account for a week - while I got away scot free. :D Found 1 teachers pass (hello Mr Frankis :D) and the network pass again.

    And now here I am, during that time I've amassed plenty of computing experience - useful stuff. Not like mail merging. :rolleyes:
     
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    ZX81 with just the internal 1k of RAM :D Did upgrade to 16k after a year or so.
    Then got a Commodore 64 and kept that for years.
    Did computer sudies at school on Apple IIe & BBC Micro B computers.

    First PC was a 486DX2 with 4Mb RAM and a massive 170Mb HDD running DOS & Windows 3.1
    Got the upgrade bug and when I had the cash added a soundcard & CD-ROM (interface was on the soundcard back then). Been building/upgrading PC's ever since.
    Then in 1987 upgraded big time (well sort of) and got a job working on a DEC VAX 11/780 along with several other big servers. VAX Startreck was the first network game I played and knackered several keyboards (well just the space bar really) shooting anything that moved :D

    Mark.
     
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    Algol 60 on George3 - yep I am an old geezer
     
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    Had to be one! :D
     
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    Submitting punch cards in Simple (a cut down teaching language) in the early 70s, then waiting 3 days to find out if it even loaded nearly put me off for life...

    Luckily the CBM PET 2001-8 lab arrived in the polytechnic next to school and security was non-existent, resurrected my interest in the late 70s ;)
     
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    Typing in BASIC games listings from magazines on a mate's ZX81. Two hours typing was usually completely wasted when the wobbly 16k (wow!) RAM pack moved and you lost the lot!

    Ah... Halcyon days!
     
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    My mum used to have a job doing that.



    My first computer experience that I remember was typing a letter to Santa when I was 4. It had a green screen and a dot matrix printer, with a long strip of paper with perforated strips on the edges. Do they still use them in some offices? I'm sure I saw something like it at my mum's work.

    When I moved to England in 1992 we had another (might have been the same one) green screen computer. All I remember of that one was Asteroids. Might have been DOS but I'm really not sure.

    We had BBC Micros in school with games like Teddy Bear's Picnic and Punch And Judy. I liked that one because it had a dog called Toby, and so did we.

    I was living with my immediate family, aunt and gran so we shared the next computer in around 93/94. It had DOS, Windows and some 3D OS which was a home and you could walk to the lounge for games, the office for office work, and a couple of other rooms. We had a bunch of DOS games which were all fantastic at the time.
     
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    Acorn Electron. Later had a BBC Master Compact, with the awesome power of a 3.5" floppy drive instead of tape, then a Archimedes with a 20mb drive. I'm pretty sure my front doorbell now has more computing power than that lot combined :)

    Was fun at school also - they had a bucketload of these machines, and not much idea how to use them. Used to have fun remoting others, which allowed you to take over their machines with no warning.
     
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    We had a Dragon 32 at home and my Dad who had just started the family business bought an Apple 2e, it's still here in our office although it's here for posterity now and not data input :D it has two huge 5.1/4 floppy disk drives.

    My mates all had Commodore vic20's and the Commodore 64's which had much better games than our Dragon, and at school we used BBC Micro's.
    I moved up to a Commodore Amiga, then eventually bought a P166mmx desktop.
     
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    My first bit of "computer awareness" came when my older brother brought home a piece of ticker tape from school (I guess I was about 9 or 10), and this seemed like something from a science fiction movie. At secondary school there was a room that made a whining noise. I ventured in and found a 380-Z Research Machine and two commodore pets. The Pets were always in use, and so I played with the 380-Z, writing programs to make coloured patterns (like today's screen savers) and calculating Pi to 100 decimal places! I got hold of a ZX81 not long after...
     
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    School had a 380-Z.

    My first computer was a Spectrum Plus.

    Then a Commodore 64, Amiga 500, CD32 with an SX-1 interface, until I got a PC with a Pentium 120 and I upgraded the ram to 16MB. Hard Drive was 170Mb.
     
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    Speccy which I upgraded from 16-48k woo-hoo!! JetPak was the mustard.

    Playing pirates etc on BBC micros at school too with 5.25" floppy disks when they actually were floppy when it was 'wet play'.

    Moved on to Atari ST(E) for its musical abilities over the the Amiga - dont forget the E, without that you might as well as spat on it. Caved in and sold it for an Amiga, as my mates were buying shedloads of pirated games and I felt left out. Guy who bought it paid top whack for it as I had upgraded it to 1mb!!

    After that PCs were getting in the realms of affordable, so my ma and pa bought me a 100mhz PC, which didn't really run at that speed, as it had a Cyrix processor, and I remember always having to install patches to make programs work with the damn chip!!!

    Finally on to the AMD which is where I stayed for my own builds K5/K6 and so on and so on.

    Funnily enough the Core2Duo which is in my HTPC is the first Intel chip Ive actually used in my own system!
     
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    I was invited round to see a friend's new computer when I was about 6.
    I was expecting some fridge sized thing with big spinning magnetic tape reels on the front.
    I was planning on takign control of some military satellites or hacking into a banking system.

    Imagine my disappointment when confronted by a ZX81 plugged in to an ancient black and white telly.

    Took us 4 hours to type some rubbish game into it.
     
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    The VIC 20 playing the first game I had for it Radar Rat Race on cartridge [​IMG]
     
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    Mine was at primary school on Acorns where we played Grannys Garden and Mad Professor Mariati, anyone remember those games? :D

    Then we got a family PC which was a Cyrix 200MHz with 64mb ram, it was supposed to be the equivalent of a Pentium 233MHz, but was it heck, its just like the budget celerons not being the equivalent of the pentium 4 even if they are the same MHz :)

    Anyone else have a Cyrix CPU? None of my friends had one, they all had pentiums and later on the got the AMD k6...
     
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    Yep remember Acorns! that was also at primary school, it was so HiTech at the time that one of the teachers had a few days training. Excellent :smashin: , after borrowing the manual I soon was on the ball. ;)
     
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    Hi,

    Great thread, and fascinating to see just how much experience is on this forum.

    For me it goes back to when I was 10 and my parent bought me an Atari VCS 2600 (original wood panelled model) with Combat and Space Invaders. Within a year I had the keypads and the basic programming cartridge, but that was so restrictive that by the time I was 12 I wanted the then new Commodore Vic 20. My parents eventually caved and bought me one of these for Christmas with the eponymous cassette deck, a year later after much whinging about slow loading times I received a Commodore 1515 printer (so noisy it would probably be banned if used today) and the original CBM-1540 disc drive, during this time I had also saved enough money to buy myself a 16 KB memory expansion cartridge. I used this system happily for a year before migrating to the Commodore 64 which I then stayed with for two years before migrating to a Commodore 128. I used this for software development, to learn CP/M cheaply and Wordstar, which got me my first job. After I'd been working for two years I purchased the Amiga 1000 (the three box model with separate keyboard, CPU and monitor), kept that for 9 months, then puchased an Amiga 500. Around this time I managed to blag an Amstrad PC1512 (twin floppy) PC, which was my first PC. From there I upgraded to a 386SX Olivetti laptop, 133MHz Pentium, and then started building my own machines.

    Best wishes,

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    My first experience at home was with a ZX Spectrum, happy days! At school, it was with the BBC Micro - I was hooked straight away!
     
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    Boy that takes me back. I thought I was the only one with a wobbly 16k RAM pack. Damn those connectors. ZX81 was my first followed by a Spectrum followed by a C64. Then a hiatus before I got a 286, HDD and with a real monitor - no more old b&w portable TV.
     
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    Good one :smashin:

    I was 13 and it was at school.

    The computer was enormous, the size of a 42" telly and about 3ft deep :eek:
    God knows what it was.
    Of course, it was a punch tape job.
    It had a one hour link-up, twice a week with the biggest network in the UK at the time, which for some reason was in Newcastle.

    I remember it well.
    Spend half an hour going through whatever protocol, feed in six feet of tape, wait 15 minutes, then lose the connection.

    I distinctly remember thinking "what a bloody waste of time" :rotfl:
    Although, the concept fascinated me.
    Next was college, another waste of time :thumbsdow

    Then the ZX81, for £90 out my mom's catalogue (cash, two hopes).
    I spent half an hour getting it to print "hello".
    Yeah right, that went in the bin :rotfl:
    Spectrum, C64, Dragon, Micro and the rest, all a waste of time, IMO.

    Then I saw 3.11, a total revelation :thumbsup:

    EDIT:
    I'm talking 1975
     
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    Great thread, dunno what the putters were I first used, probably speccies and C64's, with an Acorn thrown in there somewhere. Damn they were expensive ;)
     

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