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Re: Re: My first computer was...

by hawtin (Prior)
on Jul 04, 2003 at 08:24 UTC ( #271428=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

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in thread My first computer was... was actually a Z-80 with 64M RAM...

I suspect you mean 64k RAM (how soon we forget)

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Re: Re: Re: My first computer was...
by erikharrison (Deacon) on Jul 05, 2003 at 22:51 UTC

    64k? HA! Boy, my second computer was a ZX-81 with but a single measly Kilobyte of memory. I drooled over a the ZX-81 expansion pack for a full 16K.

    Uphill! Bothways! Etc! In the days when computer were less cool than Ham Radio's, and assembly was a high level language! How soon we forget!



    Light a man a fire, he's warm for a day. Catch a man on fire, and he's warm for the rest of his life. - Terry Pratchet

      My first was a ZX-80, my second was a ZX-81 with 1K memory. My Dad (who worked for ICL at the time) came home one day with a 2K chip, suddenly my horizons were expanded 100%. A few weeks later over a weekend he built me a 16K RAM Pack, giving me 18K RAM ... the limits seemed endless.

      Peeking and Poking memory locations was the height of fashion back then :)

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Re: Re: Re: My first computer was...
by cadfael (Friar) on Jul 14, 2003 at 14:52 UTC
    >> was actually a Z-80 with 64M RAM...
    > I suspect you mean 64k RAM (how soon we forget)

    This sketchy description sounds very much like the Osborne 1 or the KayPro 2 (with the the two 5.25" floppies).

    It was an interesting time. The OS booted in about 5 seconds, Wordstar took about 20K of memory (using overlays to swap in code), a single floppy could hold the OS, an application, as well as some data.

    "Computeri non cogitant, ergo non sunt"

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