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First computer you bought?

GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

First computer you bought?

What was the first computer you ever bought?  

 

Though my former in-laws got my ex and I a computer for Christmas 1997, which was a Pentium 166MHz clone computer sold by a small computer store in the area, the first computer I ever bought was an eMachines eTower 366i in late 1999.  I got it from Staples or OfficeMax.  I can't remember which it was, though I remember where it was and I think it was the former.  

 

At that time, MSN was offering a $400 instant rebate for those who signed up for three years of their dialup service, which I needed anyway, so the computer only cost $399, and this was back in 1999!  I can't remember how much the monitor was, but it was a steal.  $400 off a computer for signing up for a service I needed anyway, and it wasn't any more per month than it would have been had I signed up in the normal way.  So, it was basically $400 for nothing.  I used insurance money that was supposed to go toward fixing my bumper on my car to pay for what the instant rebate didn't.  LOL.  I was rear ended a year later, so I ended up getting the car fixed, nonetheless.  

 

I used the 366i for two years, at which time I got a Dell, and I gave the 366i to my folks.  They had it for a couple of years, at which time I bought them a Gateway and then sold the 366i on eBay.  It was a great computer, built when eMachines had a very good reputation.  

 

A 366MHz Celeron and dialup.  How times have changed.


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maratsade
Distinguished Professor III

Re: First computer you bought?

I had a Commodore , and then some Apple/Mac thing, and then the one I remember the most, an iBM that needed a giant floppy disk to run.  EDIT: All of these were betweeen 1982-ish and 1990.

 

The Web didn't exist then. Things have changed indeed, and it's been awesome. 

GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: First computer you bought?

When I was a kid we got a Commodore VIC-20, then a Commodore 64 a few years later.  Why we got the second I really don't know, as we barely used the first.  Probably my incessant begging.  LOL.  

 

I didn't really know how to use one properly.  I tried a few of the short programming examples in the manuals, like one that made it make a sound that progressively went from a low note to a high one.  There was one in the back of the manual to program a game.  I tried it three or four times, with each time taking at least three hours to enter everything, and it didn't work.  I didn't have tape storage, so I would have to redo it the next time.  A kid down the road came up one time and connected his tape recorder to it, which fascinated me that you could save programs on a cassette tape, but I didn't really understand the significance, nor how to do it myself.  I had a tape recorder, but not the cables needed to connect it.  And again, I wouldn't have known what to do anyway.  

 

The neighbors had an Apple IIc, which was even more alien to me.  Smiley Tongue 


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maratsade
Distinguished Professor III

Re: First computer you bought?

I don't remember much at all about the computers I had before the IBM. I remember that one because I could play games on it.  I do remember MS-DOS and that everything was command line.  Smiley Happy

Rumblshack
New Poster

Re: First computer you bought?

Buncha NOOBS! (LOL)

My first computer was a TRS-80 Model 2 in the fall of 1980 (TRS-80 stood for Tandy-Radio Shack 1980... Great imaginations, eh?)

No Windows then, nor MS-DOS. Everything was done in BASIC.

My parents said that was the future so I needed to learn it.

maratsade
Distinguished Professor III

Re: First computer you bought?

LOL!

 

I bet you didn't experience any buffering in those days, old timer! Smiley Wink

 

Ah....good old Radio Shack! I used to love that place; they had great stuff. 

 


@Rumblshack wrote:

Buncha NOOBS! (LOL)

My first computer was a TRS-80 Model 2 in the fall of 1980 (TRS-80 stood for Tandy-Radio Shack 1980... Great imaginations, eh?)

No Windows then, nor MS-DOS. Everything was done in BASIC.

My parents said that was the future so I needed to learn it.


 

MarkJFine
Associate Professor

Re: First computer you bought?

Not a computer, but the best thing RadioShack ever made: DX-160. So sorry I gave mine away. Classic radio.


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maratsade
Distinguished Professor III

Re: First computer you bought?

But you couldn't streeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaam with it! Smiley LOL

 


@MarkJFine wrote:

Not a computer, but the best thing RadioShack ever made: DX-160. So sorry I gave mine away. Classic radio.


 

C0RR0SIVE
Associate Professor

Re: First computer you bought?

My first computer, we grabbed in 2001 or 2002 for $800 or so...  15 or 17 inch CRT, was an HP Pavillion, forgot the model number, but it had an 800Mhz Pentium 3 with 32MB of RAM, 20GB HDD, and Win98 SE.  I miss that little machine.

MarkJFine
Associate Professor

Re: First computer you bought?


@maratsade wrote:

But you couldn't streeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaam with it! Smiley LOL


Maybe not that model. But I can 'audio stream' using my JRC NRD-535D. There is a mode call Digital Radio Mondiale, which is a 10kHz-wide QAM signal that uses varying underlying audio protocols to stream high fidelity digital audio over shortwave.

 

For example: I'm able to livestream Kuwait on 15110kHz most mornings. That's not to say I actually understand what they're saying. It's just that conditions are such that I can properly receive and decode it.


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.