Ask Slashdot: What Was Your First Computer?

Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: Today GitHub’s official Twitter account asked the ultimate geek-friendly question. “You never forget your first computer. What was yours?”

And within 10 hours they’d gotten 2,700 responses.

Commodore 64, TRS-80, Atari 800, Compaq Presario… People posted names you haven’t heard in years, like they were sharing memories of old friends. Gateway 2000, Sony VAIO, Vic-20, Packard Bell… One person just remembered they’d had “some sort of PC that had an orange and black screen with text and QBasic. It couldn’t do much more than store recipes and play text based games.”

And other memories started to flow. (“Jammed on Commander Keen & Island of Dr. Brain…
“Dammit that Doom game was amazing, can’t forget Oregon Trail…”)

Sharp PC-4500, Toshiba T3200, Timex Sinclair 1000, NEC PC-8801. Another’s first computer was “A really really old HP laptop that has a broken battery!”

My first computer was an IBM PS/2. It had a 2400 baud internal modem. Though in those long-ago days before local internet services, it was really only good for dialing up BBS’s. I played chess against a program on a floppy disk that I got from a guy from work.
Can you still remember yours? Share your best memories in the comments.

What was your first computer?

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