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Windows 7: Computer Nostalgia: Do you remember......

23 Apr 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 and x64
Computer Nostalgia: Do you remember......

Last night, while trying to go back to sleep, my mind wandered back to the days before Windows ruled the PC world. I began to think about all of the technology that was cutting edge at the time, now forgotten. My first love was the original IBM 5150 PC, purchased by my employer and entrusted to my eager, trembling hands.


With a 4.77 MHz 8088 processor, 64k RAM, 80 character x 24 line green monochrome display
2x 160k 5-1/4 Floppy drives (hard drives were not available) and ROM BASICA

Oh, the hours I spent programming that wonder to do all sorts of amazing things. I still have that set of instructional binders, including the original disks.

So please, share with us your memories of those days long gone.

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25 Apr 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

well I was about -20 years old back then =p
my first computer was a macintosh of some description, my dad gave it to me when I was like 5.. it was broken and I never got it working that well.. but I was hooked instantly.

first pc I used was built by me not so long later, it had windows 3.1x and the rest of the specs have been destroyed by lots and lots of beer..
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25 Apr 2014   #3

7 x64 | 7 x64

Tandy 1000SX - Card drive, 640k, DeskMate II
Identical to this image.

Edit to add a 'memory' - I had a vending route at the time, where the software was productive. Customized invoice system with spreadsheets etc. If you went over 9999 records in the database though, the software crapped itself.
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26 Apr 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

Had a Point of Sale computer in 1988, with 8088 processor, 20Mb HDD & 5 1/4 floppy for back up. All of it worked OK.

At that time I think Word Perfect was the No.1 word processor, & Lotus 123 was the No.1 spreadsheet.

Later about 1992 I moved to Windows 3.1, Access 1.0, Excel, & MS Word. MS brought out Office after that & later added Office Pro which incorporated Access. Also at that time faxes were the rage so most used Winfax. Later on emailing replaced most faxing.

I also had a beta version of Windows 95 about 6 months before it was released. 95 was a big improvement on 3.1 & there was a worldwide launch as well, all from midnight in each time zone.
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26 Apr 2014   #5

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W7 Home netbook, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM

My first was an IBM 5150 PC like the one in the OP's picture except that I splurged on a CGA card and color monitor. That combo produced 4 of the ugliest colors ever. I bought it in 1984 and even with my IBM employee discount, it cost me $2,500.

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26 Apr 2014   #6

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

I worked with an Intel 8080 on a breadboard in the late '70s.

No keyboard, just toggle switches for binary inputs :-(
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26 Apr 2014   #7
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 8.1 64bit

The first one we played with was an Amstrad, I think it was the 464, it had a cassette player for the games, the kids loved Jet Set Willy and another couple of them, one to do with a school and one to do with in a mine, can't remember the name.

Did try a couple of simple programming with it, wasn't much good though.
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26 Apr 2014   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

My first "almost" computer was an Atari 2600 game console we got for the kids. No monitor, it had an A/B switch and attached to the TV. Pitfall and Frogger were popular games at the time.

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26 Apr 2014   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro x64

I'm to young to remember these days xD lol.

My first windows i experianced was 98 lol. I was like 5 years old.
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26 Apr 2014   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

With a 4.77 MHz 8088 processor, 64k RAM, 80 character x 24 line green monochrome display
2x 160k 5-1/4 Floppy drives (hard drives were not available) and ROM BASICA
That was a more advanced model than some. The PC could be purchased with as little as 16 K RAM and without any floppy drives. 64 K RAM was expensive, as were floppy drives. Data storage was a standard cassette recorder and was very slow. The system booted into the resident ROM basic.

My first computer was a Commodore PET purchased in 1977. The entire system, including keyboard and monitor, was a single unit. Mine had 8k RAM but some had only 4 K. Storage was a built in cassette drive. The OS and Basic was in ROM.
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