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R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
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Way back...... Sep 2, 2008

The Sinclair ZX81, later followed by the Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k and the Commodore 64.

Neither of them had hard drives, floppy drives - ANY sort of drive whatsoever.

I still have yearnings for the sound of the ZX Spectrum tape loader 'screech'.

Those were the days, but thankfully well and truly gone by now


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Andrea Riffo  Identity Verified
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Late 80s Sep 2, 2008

Atari 800 XL.

The word processor was a blue screen with white letters... I can't remember its name (the OS was BASIC, I think). I do remember Logo and the endless strings of instructions I had to type in order to make the darned turtle draw!

And the tape. Oh, the tape. You could start loading a game, have lunch, take a nap, and come back just in time to start playing.

[Edited at 2008-09-02 16:46]


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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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Early 1980s Sep 2, 2008

It was a Commodore 64. If I recall correctly, it used the large 5" floppies. And my friend Gordon programmed it with Spanish characters, so I thought I was incredibly state-of-the-art!

I take it back; just remembered I had a TRS-something-or-other before that. (Tandy Radio Shack). I had to buy a special Spanish daisy wheel for the printer.

No Internet until 1997.


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Sara Fantasticini  Identity Verified
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1994 Sep 2, 2008

I think it was a 386, and the OS was Windows 3.1.
Before that I was still playing with dolls


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Tomás Cano Binder, CT  Identity Verified
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Nothing compares to... Sep 2, 2008

...my first computer: the wonderful, amazing, smashing Amstrad CPC 464 and a cassete recorder/player as its sole storage device.

BTW: The "64" in "464" meant the incredible RAM of 64 KB!!!! But we could not afford luxury at that time and I got the monochrome screen, not the colour one. I nevertheless thank my parents for spending a pile of money (of which they did not have much in the mid-80s) to get me such wonder of technology.

[Edited at 2008-09-02 17:02]


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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
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Me too Sep 2, 2008

JaneTranslates wrote:

It was a Commodore 64.




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Patricia Rosas  Identity Verified
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1979 ... t Sep 2, 2008

On a VAX (?) mainframe running UNIX, something called "Cat" if I remember. A REALLY rudimentary word processing software.

Also on a product from DECUS -- I can't remember the name of the software, but I used it to develop ways to do basic office accounting. When they held conferences, the users were called WOMBATS. I still have my WOMBAT T-Shirt!

Thanks for the walk down memory lane (now I know how lame my brain is!)...


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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Blush Sep 2, 2008



DOS on a 5 1/4" floppy and the working file on another.

I think I've seen the range of word processors, starting from WANG and WordStar

Oh, yes: in-house there was a mimeographing machine (can this get any worse?)


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Phillippa May Bennett
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On a school computer... Sep 2, 2008

Were they Acorns or BBC? All I remember is that we played "educational" games.. so I guess that's probably when I first started using one!

Then.. later on my parents bought one of the really early Apple Macs...

[Edited at 2008-09-02 17:16]


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Tomás Cano Binder, CT  Identity Verified
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Will it load??? Sep 2, 2008

Andrea Riffo wrote:
And the tape. Oh, the tape. You could start loading a game, have lunch, take a nap, and come back just in time to start playing.

[Edited at 2008-09-02 16:46]


Yes, I know that feeling. I confess that in those years I used to take the train to Madrid and spend my weekly pay in illegal copies of tapes with games purchased at El Rastro, a big Sunday flea market. I could not wait to get home (it took me 2 hours to return from Madrid all in all, and it is just 65 km away) and load the tape. I always had my small flat screwdriver at hand in case I had to tweak the cassette player's head to make it load properly.

Oh my. It sounds ridiculous I know! But it's the plain truth!


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Eleni Makantani
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Blush even more Sep 2, 2008

In 1998, I was a freshman at university and I had an IT class. I had never even touched a computer before and I was confronting it with the kind of panic "Oh my God, I touched this, what's going to happen now????"

It was a Windows PC and I used MS Office (at the time I didn't know that there were other OS's, too or that there were different versions of them, too)!!!


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Tomás Cano Binder, CT  Identity Verified
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You lucky one!!! Sep 2, 2008

S_Angel wrote:
I think it was a 386, and the OS was Windows 3.1.
Before that I was still playing with dolls


So you did not need a screw driver to load your software! You lucky one!


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Maria Michelfelder  Identity Verified
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1999 Sep 2, 2008

It wasn´t until high school that I learned properly how to use a computer. Windows (not sure about the number of that one) and Word 6.0.
My brother did however have a Commodore 64 about 10 years earlier where I would assist him with the tapes for playing games. I can´t really understand today how the connection between computer and tape recorder worked, but that was sweet.


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IBM mainframe word-processor // BBC computer Sep 2, 2008

At the placed I worked in Brussels, in 1979, they decided to do away with magnetic card-readers for IBM golfballs (reserved for a few exec secretaries and off-limits to 'mere translators') and instead they installed an IBM mainframe system running a rudimentary centralized word-processor software for all those who could justify getting a dumb terminal installed in their office.

My first computer at home was a BBC computer (Model B), launched in 1981. I guess I got mine sometime in 1982. Until quite recently I was still using it to control my model railway (it has some very useful interface ports, originally intended for use in school science projects).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Micro

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