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.