My First Computer

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Cutting edge of home computing in 1982. More information here.

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9 thoughts on “My First Computer

  1. Luxury! My first computer couldn’t even output data to tape. We had to copy the whole program from the magazine every time.

    Well, actually, it probably could, but my parents hadn’t shelled out for that component.

  2. Hoo Haa! I bought TS100 in a department store for $199.99. The 16K memory module set me back another hundred. It wobbled badly but a book of matches used as a wedge between the console and the module proved serviceable. As long as I didn’t bump it.

    I had a lot of fun plotting hypotrochoids and playing Mazogs.

    Remember “Synch” magazine? Lists of code you could actually type in and run. Then diddle with.

    Such warm memories . . .

    And in 2000 I found one in a second hand store, with original packaging and manual priced at $5.00. If only I could remember where I put it . . .

  3. I had the Atari ST when I was 9. I played a spelling bee game and a math game, and sort of tried to learn how to use Logo.

  4. Hm. I used a Timex-Sinclair and an Atari 400. Talk about primitive. The cool thing about the Z-80 chip series was they were just about as rugged as a tank.
    had to be, in fact, because they were also used for fire control computers on some military hardware.

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