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

01 Jan 2010   #51
MyWin7

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zen00 View Post
Anyone work with a mainframe computer, one of those ones that filled an entire room?
Part of my graduation exam was fixing one of those big man-tall tape stations in a mainframe room.
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01 Jan 2010   #52
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zen00 View Post
Anyone work with a mainframe computer, one of those ones that filled an entire room?
I sure have. IBM Mainframe that filled a room and was water cooled! Wow that takes me back....
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02 Jan 2010   #53
John Ulbricht

Win 7 Pro
 
 

My first Computer was a Slide Rule, followed by a Commodore 64. I worked for IBM from 1982 to 1992, we had 4 mainfraimes and used punch cards, tape drives and removable disks. I think the laptop I am writing this on has more capacity and power than the largest mainframe.
My first real computer was a IBM PCJX - 8088 processor 4.77k, 64k ram, 2 x 720k 3.5 inch floppies, no harddrive. It actually had a CGA colour monitor..
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02 Jan 2010   #54
dobhar

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jradicle11 View Post
I have a Macintosh SE sitting in the basement.



It's a good 4 years older than I am .
LOL...I have one of these in my office also. It still works except I lost the OS Disk during a move. It now sits on my shelf in my office.

My first PC was a computer I had made for me...a 486 DX4-100 running DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.11. I later upgraded it to Windows 98 SE. After that I built my own.
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02 Jan 2010   #55
RedBirdDad

W7 Ultimate 64bit W7 Premium 64bit W7 Premium 32bit WXP Home 32bit
 
 

Back in the day, my high school had an IBM1620. That was the first computer I ever got to actually *touch*. The next year the school district took it out and went to an HP timesharing system and we had ASR33 Teletypes.

I was a mainframe programmer for many years. COBOL, sigh...

A few years ago I was able to get my hands a two IBM S/370 mainframe front panels. A 370/138 and a 370/148. I restored the 138 and eventually sold it when my oldest went to college. I still have the 148 panel. Maybe I'll get it restored this year. I also have a functional IBM Emulator system with a 3174 controller, 3278 CRT and 3287 Printer.
I run it up when I need a mainframe fix...
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03 Jan 2010   #56
Peaches

Windows 7 Final
 
 

The oldest computer I have ever used is probable the ones at my school, although I'm not sure exactly how old they are.
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03 Jan 2010   #57
jradicle11

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Is it bad that I have never heard of an abacus or slide rule...?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RedBirdDad View Post
Back in the day, my high school had an IBM1620. That was the first computer I ever got to actually *touch*. The next year the school district took it out and went to an HP timesharing system and we had ASR33 Teletypes.

I was a mainframe programmer for many years. COBOL, sigh...

A few years ago I was able to get my hands a two IBM S/370 mainframe front panels. A 370/138 and a 370/148. I restored the 138 and eventually sold it when my oldest went to college. I still have the 148 panel. Maybe I'll get it restored this year. I also have a functional IBM Emulator system with a 3174 controller, 3278 CRT and 3287 Printer.
I run it up when I need a mainframe fix...
Was this high school in St. Charles, IL? East, possibly?

I attend high school in St. Charles.
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04 Jan 2010   #58
RedBirdDad

W7 Ultimate 64bit W7 Premium 64bit W7 Premium 32bit WXP Home 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jradicle11 View Post
Is it bad that I have never heard of an abacus or slide rule...?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RedBirdDad View Post
Back in the day, my high school had an IBM1620. That was the first computer I ever got to actually *touch*. The next year the school district took it out and went to an HP timesharing system and we had ASR33 Teletypes.

I was a mainframe programmer for many years. COBOL, sigh...

A few years ago I was able to get my hands a two IBM S/370 mainframe front panels. A 370/138 and a 370/148. I restored the 138 and eventually sold it when my oldest went to college. I still have the 148 panel. Maybe I'll get it restored this year. I also have a functional IBM Emulator system with a 3174 controller, 3278 CRT and 3287 Printer.
I run it up when I need a mainframe fix...
Was this high school in St. Charles, IL? East, possibly?

I attend high school in St. Charles.
No, I went to High School in Elk Grove. That was *many* moons ago.

I know STCE *very* well.
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04 Jan 2010   #59
jradicle11

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Small world.
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04 Jan 2010   #60
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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.

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