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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:24 am    Post subject: The Long and Winding Road Reply with quote

Another forum discussion got me waxing nostalgic about old computers. I'm curious. When you think back...what was the trail of personally owned computer technology that eventually led you to your mini. Here's mine in rough order and subject to my best recollection...

- Heathkit ET3400
- Radio Shack TRS-80 Model I
- Heathkit H89
- Kaypro IV
- Sanyo MBC-555
- TI99/4A
- Commodore 64
- Multiple 286, 386 and a Pentium 100 all built on-the-cheap from mostly generic parts (Thank You Computer Shopper!)
- Dell CPx PIII Laptop (still alive and running Ubuntu)
- Dell 4100 PIII
* mini!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An attempt to capture my complete list would get pretty ugly, but the highlights (or lowlights depending on how you look at it) would be:

Odyssey 2 (game console that had a keyboard with programming functions)
Commodore 64
Ti99/4A
Atari 800 XL
Amiga 500
Amiga 2000
Laser (Apple II clone)
PC XT home built
PC AT home built
386 home built
Powerbook 170
Toshiba 1000 (8088, floppy only laptop)
486 home built
Toshiba Libretto 110
Various Pentium speed gaming rigs (in the dozens of systems)
G5 iMac 20" (lasted one day and took the POS back)
PPC Mac Mini
Intel Mac Mini

It gets pretty complicated if I were to include systems for my kids and and other systems I bought for their "classic" status (i.e. - Not purchasing to use on a daily basis).
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Commodore Vic-20
Commodore 64
Atari 800XL
Performa 250
Tandy 486
IBM Aptiva with AMD K6-2
G3 iBook
2 Homemade AMD Athlon systems
G4 Mac mini
Intel Mac mini coming soon!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

xyzzy wrote:
An attempt to capture my complete list would get pretty ugly


You said it. Here are my highlights:

--Some computer my boss had in 1977--I think it was an Altair. I swear it had a 10" floppy drive, but no one ever believes me. Maybe it was 12"? I had to type in all of the games I wanted to play from a book that listed BASIC programs, and save them onto huge floppies. Star Trek was my favorite.

--Apple II

--512K Fat Mac

--Mac Plus

--Mac IIci

--Mac Classic

--Mac LC

--Northgate 386

--Powerbook 520 "Blackbird" (still have it, and it works great)

--A series of Dell boxes, leading to...

--Mac Mini

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

picaman wrote:
--Some computer my boss had in 1977--I think it was an Altair. I swear it had a 10" floppy drive, but no one ever believes me. Maybe it was 12"?


I remember using the 8" floppy drives. I've still got several boxes of 5.25" floppies. Not sure why. I remember using a hole-punch to double disks for use on the couple of shiny new Apple ][ computers we had at school.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool to see fellow TI-99/4a users. That was my first computer. Followed by a Commodore 64. Then it was an Epson 286-12Mhz with a whopping 1MB of ram and no hdd.

TONS of PC's after that...pretty much all of them assembled with my loving hands. Various versions of DOS, OS/2, Solaris x86, *BSD, and Linux have all graced my various PCs. I've been lucky enough to never use the nasty as my primary OS. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iMav wrote:
Cool to see fellow TI-99/4a users. That was my first computer. Followed by a Commodore 64. Then it was an Epson 286-12Mhz with a whopping 1MB of ram and no hdd.

TONS of PC's after that...pretty much all of them assembled with my loving hands. Various versions of DOS, OS/2, Solaris x86, *BSD, and Linux have all graced my various PCs. I've been lucky enough to never use the nasty as my primary OS. Smile

Gotta throw in my brief love affair with Alphas. And I've always had several SPARC systems lying around.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Everyone!

Here's my history:

1. Apple IIe (not a Mac, but then again there weren't any when I got this one!)
2. 128K
3. LCIII (Apple official logic board upgrade from LCII)
4. Quadra 660AV
5. 7500/100
6. 8100/100AV
7. 8500/120
8. 8600/300 (now w/Newer Technology G4/400)
9. iBook G3 300MHz (Blueberry Clamshell)
10. Beige G3 233MHz (Desktop)
11. QuickSilver 2002 Dual 1GHz
12. Xserve G4 (Slot Load) Dual 1.33GHz
13. VT G5 Dual 2GHz
14. mini 1.25GHz G4
15. mini 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo

My favorite part about the list...I still have them all and they all work perfectly!

Nice to be here and looking forward to talking with everyone,

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started with a Vic 20 with a tape drive. I didn't get a lot of use out of it.

My Commodore 64 with a 300 baud modem got more use than any other computer I ever owned. I had a BBS. I was also in a Commodore user group.

The C64 was ahead of it's time. OS on ROM, no fans, plug and play, low price point, connected to televisions.

I am so amazed with how far we have come. I was doing all the same things 25 years ago, but the level of refinement is amazing. The Mac mini/iMac are the best examples of refinement to date.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah man, I thought this thread was going to be about the Beatles. Wink

I'll try to put together a list now.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:49 pm    Post subject: Re: The Long and Winding Road Reply with quote

greg wrote:
Another forum discussion got me waxing nostalgic about old computers. I'm curious. When you think back...what was the trail of personally owned computer technology that eventually led you to your mini.

I guess not only was I a late bloomer, but my "path" is shorter than most:

    Mac Classic (upgraded from its original 2MB RAM to a whooping 4MB)
    Power Macintosh 6100/60 AV (later upgraded to a G3, 225MHz thanks to a NewerTech CPU upgrade)
    Power Mac G4 Cube (a great computer that is still in use and upgraded to the hilt including a 1.2GHz PowerLogix CPU)
    Power Mac G5 Desktop (1.6GHz single)
    PowerBook 12" 1.33GHz (gets more use than the rest)
    Mac Mini Core Duo

Have remained forever loyal to Macintosh.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 10:53 pm    Post subject: I see old people Reply with quote

This makes you all seem old to me.

local built Pentium inside with DOS then 95

IBM with P4 and DVD-ROM with 98 SE (a little while before 2000)

Gateway P4 with ME then XP

and my own laptop HP 2800+ Sempron with XP
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 11:16 pm    Post subject: Re: I see old people Reply with quote

dungeon92 wrote:
This makes you all seem old to me.



Oh yeah, that reminds me. My modems MOdulated and DEModulated uphill...both ways...and I was thankful!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, I don't have that many...

Old computer from 1992 that ran MS-DOS
Custom Built w/Win 95
Custom Built with Win98SE P3
Dell Dimension 2.54Ghz P4
Sony R Series 3.4Ghz P4 HT
Mac Mini Core Duo

FIN.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:56 pm    Post subject: Re: I see old people Reply with quote

xyzzy wrote:
dungeon92 wrote:
This makes you all seem old to me.



Oh yeah, that reminds me. My modems MOdulated and DEModulated uphill...both ways...and I was thankful!!


At 300 baud?

Razz

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