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A trip down memory lane ...

Discussion in 'Gamers Hangout' started by UKDarkstar, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

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    Ok, so I guess this has probably been raised in the past as it has on most forums I've seen, but ...

    what computers did you start with ?

    Personally speaking my first was the good old Commodore VIC20, which was then followed by the 64, the 128 and then an Amiga 2000 (no bridgeboard). Around this time I also got my first Amstrad PC (whoo-hoo :p ).

    After leaving Uni I then got a Commodore 486 machine and from that progressed into custom built stuff from a local shop and now, of course, deal with my own builds.

    I still hanker after those early days tho' and recently found this site :

    http://www.64apocalypse.com/index.htm

    I had an account on Compunet and Cix and was a member of ICPUG (Independent Commodore Products User Group). Was a regular visitor to Commodore shows at the Novatel, Hammersmith.

    I still have a roomful of Amigas (why did I look on Ebay ?!) plus my old faithful original 2000.

    So where did you guys start ?
     
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  2. twizzle

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    hmmm lets see....

    At school i started with the BBC Micro, then some Viglens (cant remeber the models) then RM Nimbus machines.

    At home i had teh 16K Speccy followed with memory upgrade to 48k and a hard keyboard to replace the worn out rubber keys.
    That was followed by the Speccy 128+ and the 128 +3 (?) with teh floppy drive. Then an Olivetti 286, an Intel 386 bought from the local pc store, then a home built 486, and AMD K62, a couple of various Athlons and finally back to Intel for my current pc the quad core Q6600c.

    I've also used z80 processors and 6502s on micro professor boards at college, during my many courses.
     
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  3. supernova

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    zx81, c64, Amstrad PC1512 8088, Home built Intel 386 upto my old Athlon XP 3000+ (+ also have a imac)

    .... getting ready for a new build need some dosh.

    Also use 6502 on controller boards at college
    Motorola 68000 for robots at UNI

    RM Link 480Z at primary school

    VMS at UNI
    Silicon Graphics at UNI
    SUN Sparc Workstations at UNI

    Cray 2000 at work exp with RAL

    powerpc clones at work (eg BULL Server running AIX)



    Andi
     
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  4. Gingerdave

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    My First one was a spectrum +3 (the 128K one with the 2.5" floppy), then an Amiga 500+ then a custom build 486 dx 100, after that there was a shop bought one and then on to custom builds the latest of which is a AMD 6000 with 4gb of ram.
     
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  5. TimoftheC

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    First experience was my dads Acorn Electron.

    I then took a step backwards and brought the fantastic ZX81 - with my own money I might add and with the 16k expansion! From there it was the Spectrum 48k+ and then the 128k+.

    About this time ( 1988 ) my family started and I didn't do any sort of gaming or computing until around 1996, when I managed to buy a Viglen 486dx from one of the techies at work. This was my first taste of playing with the insides of computers, which first involved me adding another 500mb hard drive and then compressing it for more space for me games :biggrin

    Been playing with them ever since (computers that is).
     
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  6. Cockles

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    Sinclair Spectrums all the way for me, from the 16k through to the 128k +2. Still play a couple of the classic old games on emulators, they're fantastic.
     
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  7. hbroomhall

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    Same for me. The only difference is that the South East section of ICPUG is still going, and I'm on its committee!

    My first 'computer' was a magnetic card-programmable HP calculator, which was followed by the original Commodore PET.

    Harry.
     
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  8. UKDarkstar
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    There was an ICPUG Committee member who had a PC business in Devon - Brian somebody ?????

    He sold me my Commodore 486DX2 PC !
     
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  9. hbroomhall

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    Sounds like Brian Fowler in Exeter. Still there I believe.

    Harry.
     
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  10. UKDarkstar
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    Spot on ! :D
     
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  11. dmarsh

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    First C64, then Amiga 500 around 1988, added a 20MB SCSI XT hard drive for £300 woooo !

    Then got my first PC around 1994, shop built with an Intel Pentium 60 complete with FPU bug, never did get the promised fixed CPU...

    Still was good for doing my 80x86 assembler and I could even see the pipelines do their stuff...

    College had load of VAX mini computers running VMS, also a DAP based SIMD parallel processing computer.

    Work machines pretty standard PC fare most places.

    Built embedded computer based around a Motorola 68000 variant.

    Used a Sequent cluster with Dynix before they went bust.

    Few places had AS400 and ICL mainframes but I didn't have to do much with em thank god.

    Played with embedded linux device one place.

    Some Sun Fire servers recently, also usual PC stuff HP blades etc.

    Thats about it...:D

    Harry I've also used a few calculators just mine didn't take punched cards ! :twisted:
     
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  12. hbroomhall

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    I did say magnetic card! It wasn't a punched card. See here for more info.

    I replaced it with a HP67 which I still have.

    Harry.
     
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  13. Crito

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    First one I personally owned was a TRS-80 CoCo (color computer, original model) with a CompuServe cartridge and 300 baud modem. Though my CS account hasn't been activated in over a decade, I still have my number memorized: 70314,48
     
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  14. Cockles

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  15. UKDarkstar
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  16. delorean

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    Is anyone else eagerly awaiting a response to this thread from Mr. Tripwire? :biggrin

    As for I, I started out with school stuff, BBC's, the rubber keyed Spectrum then on to the RM Nimbus and Archemedies, Acorn etc.

    My first system I ever owned was a C64, the Night Moves pack. Before that I had assorted Game & Watch items and more knock off's of that ilk.

    I wouldn't own a home computer again until around 1995 when I had a 486DX. From the C64 I moved to a SNES, Playstation and N64.

    PC wise I have always built my own rigs and always will. Far cheaper and more fun!

    I'm taking bets on Tripwire's first system.

    deloreanTOTE Oddmakers

    Going: Good to Firm

    1. Mesopotamian Abacus (2-1F) - Trainer: Aincent Mesopotamia c.2700-2300BC
    2. Z1 Computer (7-1) - Trainer: Konrad Zuse, 1936.
    3. IBM 701 EDPM Computer (10-3) - Trainer: IBM, 1953.
    4. Commodore Pet (20-1) - Trainer: Commodore, 1976.
    5. Apple Lisa Computer (100-1) - Trainer: Apple Inc, 1985.

    :D :D :D :D
     
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  17. dmarsh

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    Mastertronic ! Had completely forgotten about them !

    I don't really have a 'first album' instead for me its a computer game...

    My first C64 game :-

    http://www.lemon64.com/?mainurl=http%3A//www.lemon64.com/games/details.php?ID=389

    A little embarrasing, although there were loads better games I played before and after :oops:

    My first Amiga game :-

    http://www.cinemaware.com/clsgame_king.asp?sel=screen

    A real classic although cinemaware had many !

    Type in Amiga Longplay into youtube and watch the memories flood back...
     
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  18. NightWalker

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    I had an Amstrad CPC464, I bet my toaster has more processing power these days!
     
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  19. delorean

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    Best C64 game I ever bought was Kellogg's Tour 1988.

    [​IMG]

    Tough game (with awesome gfx), but it's the story behind how I ended up buying it that always holds dear to me.

    For the curtain twitchers amongst us, I actually saw the game in Boots bargain bin when I was up town with a friend. I didn't have a pound left on me to buy the game as I just bought some chips.

    While waiting for the bus home I found a pound lying on the ground and went and bought the game. Fate told me I was destined to own this game and ultimately I have a lifelong bond with it now.

    I never did complete it, broke a lot of joysticks playing it though!
     
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