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Windows 7: What is the oldest computer...?

04 Jan 2010   #61

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Small world.
That it is.
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04 Jan 2010   #62

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It is funny how the young people think of "computers" in terms of PCs. In the 80's and 90's I thought of them as toys that would at best have some use for secretaries. I programmed this baby (actually the predecessor Z11) in 1958 and later I worked on systems that filled rooms the size of football fields.

I've read about the Zuse machines, very advanced for that time. Didn't someone build a working replica of a Z3?
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04 Jan 2010   #63

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commodore sx-64

Bought it in April 1983

Still have it & it still works

" Doc "
Actually sold mine on ebay got 178.00+shipping for it. Also had an Amigo bought like new in the box from a school district sale tons of games. Sold it for a good price as well Now the oldest I have are 2 apples forget the model #'s and to lazy to get it them out of the closet, one has a single floppy drive the other has 2
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04 Jan 2010   #64
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Didn't someone build a working replica of a Z3?
Zuse Z3 at the Deutsches Museum
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05 Jan 2010   #65


My first PC was an Atari800XL which I still have and it still works. My next one was a powerhouse 8086, 30 megHD, and 2....thats right 2 5-1/4 floppy drives!

I can still hear those drives writing....BBBRRRRAAAAAP, BBBRRRRAAAAAP, BBBRRRRAAAAAP...... I wish I kept it!
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05 Jan 2010   #66

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Here you go.

As I recall mine did not have the cassette built in. Heavy metal case. 4 Kb ram. I think this was around 1978.
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05 Jan 2010   #67

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Okay, who's gonna be the first wise guy to say that he/she used to do payroll on a Babbage Analytical Engine???

Seriously though, I think my first exposure to a computer was also to a Commodore PET in early grade school ... but I was pretty frightened of those things at the time. Actually using one seemed beyond me, and it said scary things like "BREAK IN 50." Huh? You mean I broke it?

Now I love my PC!
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06 Jan 2010   #68

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

this is my Amiga 3000T which is the second oldest PC in the house (the oldest one is the Amiga 2000HD in the garage). I hook up the A3KT to play some classic Amiga games every now and then.

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06 Jan 2010   #69

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Is that Lemmings Tribes I see? I loved that game, back in the day.
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06 Jan 2010   #70

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Ahhh...another "I walked ten miles to school in the snow" thread.

The first computer that I used extensively was a TRS-80 model 1...with 4K of memory...back in 1981 in high school. I filled the memory with one of my programs (written in basic), so I had to go in and replace every "print" statement with a "?" character to recover 4 bytes in each instance so I had room to finish it. Yeah, it was that tight. Peek! Poke!

We eventually got a model with more memory...but were still stuck with cassette tapes.

I lusted after a VIC20 but we couldn't afford one at home. I joined the Army to save for college and the only major purchase that I made was a C64...with another cassette drive...that I eventually upgraded to the world's noisiest floppy. I was in heaven.

From there it was a first gen PC, an Apple Lisa, and VAX mainframes in school, but those are later days.

That beautiful TRS-80 Model 1 appears below.

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