What Was Your First Computer?

We all remember our first computer; for some of us, it turned out to be a very important turning point. What was your first machine?

Chances are you don't know too many people who don't own a computer these days.But no matter how ubiquitous the tech becomes, we're sure you remember where it all began for you. Whether you started with punchcards, bashed out your first programs in BASIC, had a PC with no USB ports or cut your teeth on a shiny new ultrabook, we want to know — what was your first computer? Share your memories in the comments below.


    Mid 1980s - Apple IIe clone looked like an Apple, worked like an Apple but also had a word processing program built into the chip.


    Acer intel celeron. 32 mb of ram. i was so disappointed that the cpu didnt allow me to insert a 3.5 inch disk!

    A 486-dx33 which at the time was the second fastest personal computer you could buy. It cost one third of my annual salary and I had to get a loan to buy it.

    My First computer was a VIC20, then the C64
    I actually had the VERY FIRST IBM PC in Australia on my desk at work. I worked in a mainframe environment, and we were big IBM partners and they brought it in to us.
    The first version was not an IBM PC XT, but was called the IBM PC1, it had 2 x 5.25 floppy drives, and to run Lotus you need the DOS floppy in one drive and the Lotus disk in the other. We connected it into our mainframe as a dumb terminal / PC

    Macintosh Plus 1 Mb or RAM. No hard drive... Spent days and nights with the thing!

    1981 - PC Clone (Taiwanese, I think); 8086 chip 4.77MHz! 256K RAM, 2 x 5.25" floppy drives; no HDD; monochrome (green) screen. I was able to run the operating system (Dos 2.?, then later Dos 3.11), word processor (Wordstar), and large documents. Man, that computer rocked! Only cost me $3500!

    It was 1978 or 1979

    Apple ][ Europlus.

    My manual looked as if it had been photocopied and I got to meet Steve Wozniak

    First computers (because I can't remember which came first)
    Challenger 1P
    Apple 2
    Then moved up to a 086 from IBM and on from there

    My first PC went WAYYY back.... It was an Exidy Sorcerer... Tape drive and all.. I remember those huge red cartridges... and playing the game LEM on it.. Every time you crashed (which was fairly often) you needed to rewind the cassette tape and play it again so the computer could reload the game... It had BASIC as its OS and that's where I learnt initially to program.

    Before we had the cartridges we had to type in our own games before we could play them and pages and pages and pages of instructions on how to write your own programs.

    My parents bought it well before I was born.. They were released in 1978.

    CPU: Zilog Z80, 2.106 MHz (later 4 MHz)
    RAM: 4 kB, expandable to 48 kB. larger sizes came standard in later runs
    ROM: 4 kB, cartridges could include 4 to 16 kB
    Video: 64×30 character display, monochrome
    Sound: none (external additions possible)
    Ports: composite video, Centronics parallel, RS-232, sound in/out for cassette use, 50 pin ribbon connector including the S-100 bus.


    The Sorcerer that we had we sold to a US Museum back a few years ago.

    Followed by my grandpa's Apricot.. then we bought an IBM XT 8086 with 4MHz and 640k ram and a 10MB HDD and 1.2" floppy.. those were the days !!

    Last edited 17/01/13 11:59 am

      you mean a 5.25" floppy disk... :)

        haaahahah.. yesh... 5.25" and a 3.5" disks.. correct.

      Me too...I bought mine from Dick Smiths at St Leonards in 1980. Much the same specs as yours.

    Our first home computer was a 80286 running at 6mhz, but 10mhz on turbo power!

    It had 512kb ram, and everytime i wanted to run commander keen i had to freemem because of the TSR so i had enough ram available to start the game.

    Sinclair ZX80 - now there was a machine, even though my watch is more powerful these days. Wikipedia reminds me the XZ80 had 1 kB RAM and 4 kB of ROM. Hard to believe now just how much such a seeming "toy" could change lives but it did!

    We had a 486 of some sort that ran Windows 3.1. Then there was Pentium 90 with 16mb RAM and a 900mb HDD, which we got for the CD drive. Then in year 7 I got my own laptop... A Pentium 133 with 32mb RAM and a 1.3gb HDD. Man, the games I played on that thing.

    mine was a IBM PC way back in 1982. My father worked for IBM, and he was allowed to trundle home a PC on weekends.
    later that same year, the school where i was a student in yr4 opened what they termed a "computer lab" filled with 10 BBC micro computers.

    The first computer I used was an IBM mainframe that sat in it's own air-conditioned room and was programmed in Fortran IV using punch cards. Debugging was a nightmare, and if you dropped the cards.......! The first owned was a Microbee - fantastic little all Australian machine. I then moved to Amigas which were technically ahead of the curve of everything else at the time, but sadly not properly marketed by Commodore. With the demise of Amiga I was forced to move to Windows machines (I didn't want to get caught out in a dead-end again so didn't go with Apple - LOL!) and have been using them ever since.

    my first was a C64, only used for gaming. my first proper machine was a 486 with 64 meg of ram, a 400 meg Hd and an acoustic coupler

    Original TRS-80 that I learned BASIC on before it almost drove me to frustration-driven suicide at the age of 10. Then the greatest computer ever made—Commodore 64—then Amiga 500. I fondly remember Christmas 1984 for the 1541 my dad bought me which cost more than the C64.

    A C64, which is weird because I'm only like 18.

    We just didn't have that much money.

    We never had computers when I was very young, I don't think we got one til 1994 or thereabouts.

    It was a "Gateway 2000" 486 SX33, think it cost just over $3000.

    Had a colour screen capable of amazingly high resolutions such as 640x480, ran on windows 3.11 and had a CDROM drive, I think it had 8mb of ram, probably less actually. No Modem, I think you had to be some kind of uber nerd to know how to use one to dial into a BBS.

    It utilised advanced technology such as a serial dot matrix printer with that tractor paper, shook the whole table when it printed and sounded like a chainsaw while printing.

    Eventually the CRT monitor died like they always do and you had to give it a good whack to try to get it to work again. Also I remember having to delete stuff constantly and doing all kinds of weird stuff rewriting batch files to try to get games to work.

    I went from Vic 20 to Tandy Colour Computer and then Atari ST (a "serious" computer, when all my friends were playing games on their silly Amigas...)

    I think I bought my first PC second hand in 1995 - was a 486 and cost me about $1500...

    MSX Spectravideo

    320 Kb 3½-inch floppy disks, tape drive and 16 colours.
    Ran MSX-DOS 1.0

    Where I first learnt to program in basic at age 10 :)

    Texas Instruments TI-99/4A

    Had heaps of games on cartridge, the voice synth and joystick/paddles.... very blocky games similar to the Atari 2600

    For me it was a Tandy TRS-80 Model 1 with a whole 16kb of RAM, got it back in 1981.
    Taught myself a few programming languages including good old Z80 Assembler, those wwere the days.

    1984, John Sands Sega SC3000. http://segaretro.org/SC-3000 Functionally similar to a C64 but cheaper and less games. Could still learn to program Basic on it, made me ready for the C64 we got a few years later :)

    IBM clone XT, no mouse, one 51/4 floppy and no hard drive that my wife bought for her uni studies back in 1989. Cost about $1500 if I remember correctly. We picked it up on a Friday and went back on the Monday and demanded an OS to go with it! The salesman gave us a copy of DOS3.3 and we were happy. I knew nothing about piracy etc back then. The best thing she ever bought because the challenges it presented made me realise that I liked and had an aptitude for computers so I went back to uni and been there ever since. One challenge I remember was getting Leisure Suit Larry to work. Leisure Suit Larry needed 2 disk drives and our computer had only one. I studied up on RAM and virtual drives and eventually was able to play the whole game by copying one disk into memory.

      you sure you were 18? I know those questions at the beginning were kinda hard :P jks

    Fisher Price My First Tablet. Gutless little thing with 1 tb of ram, 64-core processor and a 250 tb solid state drive. You needed to use, wait for it, your finger to control the thing.

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