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Re: My first computer was...Complicated

by dataDrone (Acolyte)
on Jul 06, 2003 at 05:11 UTC ( #271734=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to My first computer was...

But not compared to today's systems. My first computer ( that I owned / had given to me by my parents ) was a C-64 with the Tape-Deck unit to plug into the "User Port". I started a year or two before that with the neighbors ZX-80 and then TRS-80 Mod III.

I actually went to computer camp for two weeks one summer where they had TRS-80's. Any one else brave enough to admit to that level of Geekdom?

A few years earlier my brother's High School was gifted a Dec Mini Computer, two DecWriter 100's and a tape Punch machine, with no software. They got to bootstrap the machine from zero. The system had 16K of memory (Huge for that time) and was 8 Bit. The coolest part about that system was the toggle switches across the front. Address Bus, Data Bus, Read/write toggle. and 8 leds to display memory contents. They had to programs to drive the tape writer, a tape reader, an editor, a compiler, drivers for the DecWriters for human readable output, etc.... How cool was that? Oh, I forgot to mention, the thing was about 2.25 feet square and stood about 6 foot tall, and was much heavier than a refrigerator.


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Re: Re: My first computer was...Complicated
by BorgCopyeditor (Friar) on Jul 10, 2003 at 20:26 UTC
    I actually went to computer camp for two weeks one summer where they had TRS-80's. Any one else brave enough to admit to that level of Geekdom?

    At the tender age of 9, I gave a lecture (at a kids' summer math camp) on the bus architecture of the Z-80. I can only say that because I didn't go on to become a geek.

    I've asked my parents about this a few times since, because it seems so hard to believe. But they've always confirmed it. Then my dad found the actual paper: 3 hand-typed pages in a clear-plastic binder. Yikes!

    BCE
    --Your punctuation skills are insufficient!

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