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    • decbel
    • By decbel 6th Jul 17, 8:25 PM
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    Which computer did you have in the early eighties
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    • 6th Jul 17, 8:25 PM
    Which computer did you have in the early eighties 6th Jul 17 at 8:25 PM
    Just been watching this about the fight between various computer manufactures during the boom of the early to mid eighties.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXBxV6-zamM&t=1s

    Micro men

    Heady days. For those who were around which one/ones did you have?

    In my case I got a commodore 64 for Christmas. Still got it.

    For most it was a toss up between the Sinclair Spectrum 48k and the commodore 64.

    Your parents would have been considered wealthy if you got a BBC micro.
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    • onlyroz
    • By onlyroz 6th Jul 17, 11:55 PM
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    onlyroz
    I was born in 1981 and my first computer was the BBC B around 1986/7. A friend's brother and mum copied most of the games I played.

    I remember Chuckie Egg, Croaker, Castle Quest, Repton, Asteroid Belt, JCB Digger, Barrage, Cowboy Shootout, Danger UXB among those I played to death.

    I did buy the program books where you typed anything from 20-5000 lines to create a program.
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
    I played Chuckie Egg. There was also Killer Gorilla, which was a blatant rip-off of Donkey Kong, and Palace of Magic, and Clogger.
    • RichardD1970
    • By RichardD1970 7th Jul 17, 12:22 AM
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    RichardD1970
    Do any of you still have those machines?

    I've still got my commodore 64 and a suitcase full of games.

    Mind you, haven't tried it for 20 years.
    Originally posted by decbel
    Oric, no idea what happened to that. Speccy is, I think, still in parents loft, needs new keyboard underlay.

    Amiga 500 sold to help finance 1200, which has quite recently been disposed of by order of the wife as I hoard too much junk
    • donnajunkie
    • By donnajunkie 7th Jul 17, 12:59 AM
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    donnajunkie
    Started with a spectrum 128k +2. It was a heap of junk. Before that we had had an Atari console with asteroids and before that had one with pong. I think the console brand was called grandstand but not sure.
    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 7th Jul 17, 1:14 AM
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    zagubov
    Had to use some bbc micros which I think were acorn protons. We useed to download computer games from radio 4 onto cassettes late at night when they broadcast their "take-away" from the "chip-shop"

    We were visited by our computing department and asked why we weren't using the various VAX computers in our uni. We couldn't figure how to integrate them into our research. That problem persisted for many years.
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    • glennevis
    • By glennevis 7th Jul 17, 1:26 AM
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    Kept my first computer, Sinclair ZX81 and accessories until recently when I moved house and sold it on eBay for over £40!
    Last edited by glennevis; 07-07-2017 at 1:30 AM.
    • Jorell00
    • By Jorell00 7th Jul 17, 2:47 AM
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    I had a vic 20,which at the time I thought was the dogs b******s,. But had all the processing power of a calculator
    • uberalles
    • By uberalles 7th Jul 17, 5:20 AM
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    uberalles
    Still got my ZX81, Sinclair Spectrum and Commodore Amiga although we have just sold our house and my wife is on the war charge.
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    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 7th Jul 17, 8:22 AM
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    ZX81 when I was 12, taught myself BASIC then sold that to part fund a ZX Spectrum after they were announced, sold that to part fund a BBC Model B, which is still in the loft. Taught myself assembly language for the 6502 processor on that one when I was about 14 or 15. Still write assembly language to this day (x86 / x64) for my work, over 30 years on.

    Bought an Acorn Archimedes A310 (the first one in that series) shortly after they were announced which I used to do a lot of my university work that didn't need access to the department mainframes. It used to run PC software faster than a PC, under some PC emulation software, and C programs I compiled on it ran faster than on the very expensive SUN SPARC workstations our lecturers had. After that it was PCs as IBM opening the all the technical information made them the de facto standard.
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    • colinw
    • By colinw 7th Jul 17, 9:43 AM
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    It was a ZX Spectrum which I actually have under my desk here.....
    • Missli
    • By Missli 7th Jul 17, 10:40 AM
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    Missli
    Acorn Electron
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 7th Jul 17, 6:15 PM
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    I did a bit of computer programming as part of my degree in the early 70s. The actual mainframe was part of Imperial College just down the road. We used punch cards, those were the days
    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 7th Jul 17, 6:27 PM
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    MothballsWallet
    I started with a Sinclair ZX81, my parents bought me a 32K memory pack as a present for doing well at school.

    I then moved on to an Acorn Electron which I kept until the 90's. I also bought a joystick interface for it which worked with Atari joysticks and most games without any configuration required.
    Last edited by MothballsWallet; 07-07-2017 at 6:30 PM.
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    • Hoochypooch
    • By Hoochypooch 7th Jul 17, 6:40 PM
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    Hoochypooch
    Just been watching this about the fight between various computer manufactures during the boom of the early to mid eighties.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXBxV6-zamM&t=1s

    Micro men

    Heady days. For those who were around which one/ones did you have?

    In my case I got a commodore 64 for Christmas. Still got it.

    For most it was a toss up between the Sinclair Spectrum 48k and the commodore 64.

    Your parents would have been considered wealthy if you got a BBC micro.
    Originally posted by decbel

    I spotted the guy from The office pretty quickly but I only realized Sir Clive was the guy form Pointless, Alexandra Armstrong, when I check to see the name of the guy form the office.

    Good disguise.
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    • The Last Username
    • By The Last Username 7th Jul 17, 6:43 PM
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    The Last Username
    I didn't have a computer of my own until the early 90's for uni - and that was an IBM AT with a horrid tiny green screen & dot matrix ribbon printer.
    I moved from that to building my own, the first being IIRC an AMD K7-based setup - and the prices paid then were hair-raising.

    The best I did earlier than that was having a "go" with friends who had Spectrums or Commadores but I still prefer to build my own systems now.
    "I'm not afraid of dying. I just don't want to be there when it happens."
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    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 7th Jul 17, 9:03 PM
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    Owain Moneysaver
    I did a bit of computer programming as part of my degree in the early 70s. The actual mainframe was part of Imperial College just down the road. We used punch cards, those were the days
    Originally posted by Murphybear
    I remember using punch cards in 1987!
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    • gonebust
    • By gonebust 7th Jul 17, 10:11 PM
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    I remember using punch cards in 1987!
    Originally posted by Owain Moneysaver

    I remember using them well before

    Computer Math was a new subject offered in 78. In our school. We learned binary and worked on punch cards, then 6 weeks later the syllabus was cancelled due to lack of interest
    • Mista_C
    • By Mista_C 7th Jul 17, 10:19 PM
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    I kept all mine. I had a lot of computers over the years but I'll always have a soft spot for the Spectrum 128k +2 because my Dad bought it for me. It died a horrible, smokey death years ago unfortunately but I still have some good memories of getting my Dad to read out code from books while I typed it in.

    Here's some of the stuff I still have around.

    http://s287.photobucket.com/user/mr_chaotix/slideshow/Retro%20Computing
    • dontone
    • By dontone 7th Jul 17, 10:28 PM
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    dontone
    I had a Commodore 16. As I recall you couldn't do an awful lot with it.
    Originally posted by Callie22
    I had one too. I loved the games you got with it, like Xzzap & Punchy (which, watching it on Youtube while drinking special pop is hilarious) And we had a shop in Town that sold games for £1.99, - imagine that nowadays
    You could do things with it, providing you were prepared to spend hours doing binary stuff like 1,1,1,1 over and over again. Unsurprisingly, this didn't appeal to an 8 year old self lol.
    And, we must do a shout out the the BBC Micro, never has a computer been so falsely advertised with a name like 'Micro'
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    • decbel
    • By decbel 8th Jul 17, 12:23 AM
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    decbel
    I kept all mine. I had a lot of computers over the years but I'll always have a soft spot for the Spectrum 128k +2 because my Dad bought it for me. It died a horrible, smokey death years ago unfortunately but I still have some good memories of getting my Dad to read out code from books while I typed it in.

    Here's some of the stuff I still have around.

    http://s287.photobucket.com/user/mr_chaotix/slideshow/Retro%20Computing
    Originally posted by Mista_C
    Thanks for that.

    Absolutely fascinating.

    Some of that I've never seen before.

    I would still say that the atari with the slot in cartridges was some of the best game play I've ever played.
    • Sam Fallow
    • By Sam Fallow 8th Jul 17, 12:49 AM
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    Sam Fallow
    I did a bit of computer programming as part of my degree in the early 70s. The actual mainframe was part of Imperial College just down the road. We used punch cards, those were the days
    Originally posted by Murphybear
    I used the Punch cards doing my 'o' level in the mid 70's. Only ever saw a computer once. No wonder I failed with an 'F'.

    I reckon my first computer was PONG. Not just your basic PONG either, this one had 4 games! That's right, four.

    Mid 90s I got an Amstrad PCW8256. WOW!
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