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

31 Dec 2009   #41

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

My first computer was a Tandy with a 8088 processor. It had one floppy drive and no hard drive. I got that in 1987. == My first "real" computer was a custom built 386 with a 16 mhz processor. I got that in about 1991. I had it upgraded several times and had the thing about ten years. The reason I decided to get a new one was that the port for the keyboard was unusual and I could not find a new keyboard to fit it. I think it was a parallel port with about 15 pins. The stores only had the round ones like they do now when I tried to buy one.
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31 Dec 2009   #42

Win 7 (Clean Install from Vista)

Abacus, lol. JK, Vic 20.

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01 Jan 2010   #43

windows 7 x64 Home Premium

Wow... some of you guys have been using computers since the very dawn of the p.c. age! It must be cool to look back at all of the changes since the days of cassettes and "k" memory!

My first computer was a circa 2000 IBM Thinkpad w/ Windows 2000 that I bought used ($50) in 2007, followed by a used Dell GX50 Optiplex I got in 2008 (free!) w/ XP Pro. Compared to some of y'all I'm still kinda new to these infernal confounded machines.
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01 Jan 2010   #44


M/A/I BB2 tower with core memory modules and 5 MB disk platter cartridges.

Maybe someone of you is old enough for that? - M/A/I was based in Tustin California and had international service subsidiaries. I was working for them 12 long years before they collapsed.
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01 Jan 2010   #45

Windows 7 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Atari 800 in 1980-82 when I was in school in Gaeta, Italy.
I, too, had an 1979 before their 'XE' model was introduced.

Other's mentioned how far computers have come since then.
Well, I distinctly recall that Atari-800 cost me $2500 (US)!!
That included 2 floppy drives at $495 _each_, upgraded memory and
an incredibly fast 300-Baud modem

The 'puter I built earlier last year (check system specs- link lower left corner),
cost me _under_ $800 (US).
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01 Jan 2010   #46

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

It amazes me know thinking back to programs in Bytes rather then mega or gigabytes. Saving on a cassette player was the norm back then
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01 Jan 2010   #47

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Anyone work with a mainframe computer, one of those ones that filled an entire room?
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01 Jan 2010   #48


My mom was a computer programmer in the 70s and 80s. I remember when external storage meant rooms full of boxes of punch cards
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01 Jan 2010   #49

windows 7 x64 Home Premium

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
My mom was a computer programmer in the 70s and 80s. I remember when external storage meant rooms full of boxes of punch cards
Punch cards. Ack!

I took one computer class at college back in '79... Intro to Fortran. I remember going to the computer center at 2:00 a.m. so I could get time on the typewriter puncher things, and then giving the stack of cards to a guy behind a counter to run through the readers... then waiting for an hour to get back a wad of greenbar track paper with my results on it (always wrong, btw). Heh. It was so traumatizing that I stayed away from computers for decades!

The hardest part was getting the computer guy's attention... they were always too busy playing dice games to wait on students... or trying to refine their nekkid girl pics made of x's and o's.
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01 Jan 2010   #50

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

Charles Babbage (1791-1871) is regarded by many as the Father of Computing.
The Babbage Engine | Computer History Museum
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