What was your first OS?

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    Old Computer OS


    In college I worked in the reference dept. of the library. Eventually I ended up in the basement using the computer and the internet to share info. It was kept at 58 deg F. The mainframe took up a huge space. I would sit at a U shaped desk with four or five monochrome (amber or green) monitors and several keyboards - no mouse. There were several two cupped receivers with telephone handsets stuck in them. Most of the time I was sending agricultural info to India and the Philippines. After working with it for a while I would send and receive short personal notes from foreign students to their families through friends that worked at foreign universities.

    (Note: If you know anybody who is planning to go to graduate school; suggest to them that they get a job in the reference dept. of the university library. It used to be a great preparation for doing research. Things might have changed too much.)
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       #32

    Cleaning out the garage and decided to "donate" 2 old xp computers to the garbage truck. Pictured is a 10GB HDD from Quantum and a 486 Intel and a AMD K6 cpu. The AMD K6 was a 1 core socket 7 monster! The HDD still worked and was fun looking at my old book marks.
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       #33

    Forgot something


    Does anyone remember the CP/M operating system? I just remembered the two Kaypro portable computers lurking in the back of my closet. Some refer to as Frankenstein's Lunch Box. The following are specs for the Kaypro II model:

    Released: 1982
    Price: $1595.
    Weight: 26 lbs
    CPU: Zilog Z80, 2.5 MHz
    RAM: 64K
    Display: 9" green phosphor screen 24 X 80 text only
    Storage: Two 5-1/4" SS-DD 195K drives
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       #34

    I'm old enough to remember seeing a 20MB HDD the size of a washing machine, in the days when external storage meant warehouses full of punch cards.
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       #35

    My first computer had a 5.25" HDD with less than 3 gb of space. A lot compared to some of these numbers but nothing now. It also only had 32 mb of integrated ram, non-upgradable, although there was a slot for cache. It was a pentium MMX processor. I don't remember if it was the 250 htz model or if I was lucky enough to get the 266. A receipt shows that my grandmother paid over a grand for it including a monitor and printer, if I remember right. After that computer died I opened up the drive. It was a neat experience looking at such a highly polished plate that reflected better than any mirror I've ever seen.
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       #36

    I honestly don't remember much about my first computer, apart from the OEM and that it had Windows 3.11 oh the memories
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       #37

    That's interesting that you can't remember much about your 1st computer. I can remember just about every detail of my 1st which was purchased in 1984. It was an IBM PC with a 4.77Mhz 8088 cpu, 256K of memory, 2 360K floppy drives, CGA graphics (4 colors!) and a color monitor. I also purchased a dot matrix printer, parallel printer cable, PC DOS 2.1, IBM Personal Editor software and a box of floppies at the same time. Bought it at Computerland and with my IBM employee discount that all cost me $2500.
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       #38

    strollin said:
    That's interesting that you can't remember much about your 1st computer. I can remember just about every detail of my 1st which was purchased in 1984. It was an IBM PC with a 4.77Mhz 8088 cpu, 256K of memory, 2 360K floppy drives, CGA graphics (4 colors!) and a color monitor. I also purchased a dot matrix printer, parallel printer cable, PC DOS 2.1, IBM Personal Editor software and a box of floppies at the same time. Bought it at Computerland and with my IBM employee discount that all cost me $2500.
    Well that is certainly not going to help my paranoia about early cognitive decline.

    I do remember using the machine tho, and the long gaming sessions, just not much about the physical object itself and even less about the specs
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    Max64
       #39

    NC.
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    TRSDOS (Tandy Radio Shack Disk Operating System) on Radio Shack TRS-80 Model I.

    TRS-80 Model I
    CPU: Zilog Z80 @ 1.774 MHz
    RAM: 48KB
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