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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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    • Bobbybun
    • By Bobbybun 8th Jul 17, 3:49 PM
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    My brother had a Commodore Vic 20. He spent hours programming it.

    I was the annoying younger sister hanging about to play the games.
    I played Pac man until I was the ultimate expert. Blitz which is such a simple concept but so addictive and Perils of Willy. Our folks really stretched themselves financially to afford the computer that Christmas.
    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 9th Jul 17, 9:07 AM
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    My Dad's first company laptop was a Toshiba - unsure of the model, but like this


    I remember typing some homework on it - and it gave me a headache from looking at the orange.
    • sillyvixen
    • By sillyvixen 9th Jul 17, 10:39 PM
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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
    Originally posted by Jorell00
    We got one of those 2nd hand, it came with a cartridge for a game called 'voodo castle' which was the only thing it was use full for and soon became a family obsession.

    Happy days.
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    • sillyvixen
    • By sillyvixen 9th Jul 17, 11:07 PM
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    After the Vic 20, my brother had a spectrum (not sure which one but it had a built in data casset) still very basic but did more.
    In 1988 I started my first job, one of the questions I was asked at the interview was if I had ever used a computer, I said yes, and found myself working with a computer with a proper screen (not a tv), a scary tower processor, and a mouse and thinking 'I am out of my comfort zone here'.
    Dogs return to eat their vomit, just as fools repeat their foolishness. There is no more hope for a fool than for someone who says, "i am really clever!"
    • Lorian
    • By Lorian 9th Jul 17, 11:33 PM
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    Early eighties?

    I have an 8K Commodore Pet from '79 if that counts (chicklet keyboard)

    I also have a much loved Research Machines Ltd 380Z :-)
    • Lorian
    • By Lorian 9th Jul 17, 11:37 PM
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    We got one of those 2nd hand, it came with a cartridge for a game called 'voodo castle' which was the only thing it was use full for and soon became a family obsession.

    Happy days.
    Originally posted by sillyvixen
    I still have that. IIRC there were about 8 adventure cartridges, and voodoo castle was amongst the better ones.
    • dontone
    • By dontone 10th Jul 17, 8:18 AM
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    Early eighties?

    I have an 8K Commodore Pet from '79 if that counts (chicklet keyboard)

    I also have a much loved Research Machines Ltd 380Z :-)
    Originally posted by Lorian
    I have never heard of one of those till now. Just looked it up. Compact, wasn't it?
    Btw, lots of VIC20 owners. I remember that the V20 & C16 were the ones that you could buy the same games for. In the cover of the game sleeve was a little label that said 'C16 & V20' lol. I'm loving all this nostalgia.
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    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 10th Jul 17, 8:40 AM
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    I also have a much loved Research Machines Ltd 380Z :-)
    Originally posted by Lorian
    My school had one of them, it was on a trolley that got wheeled around and you had to start it with a key! I only got to use it a couple of times as you had to book time on it at break, then I got my own ZX81.
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    • Sheel
    • By Sheel 16th Jul 17, 12:51 PM
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    We had a Commodore 64 for our daughters. Don't think I ever did anything on it. I just remember them saying how long it took to load up.

    We also had one of THESE. I say had, but i've still got it. I keep meaning to dig it out and see if it still works.
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    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 16th Jul 17, 5:06 PM
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    My Dad's first company laptop was a Toshiba - unsure of the model, but like this


    I remember typing some homework on it - and it gave me a headache from looking at the orange.
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
    Ooh! An Iomega Zip drive - I've still got my 100MB parallel port and 250MB USB ones. I haven't tried them with my Windows 7 machine because, well, 100MB & 250MB are pretty inconsequential nowadays.
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    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 16th Jul 17, 5:07 PM
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    We had a Commodore 64 for our daughters. Don't think I ever did anything on it. I just remember them saying how long it took to load up.

    We also had one of THESE. I say had, but i've still got it. I keep meaning to dig it out and see if it still works.
    Originally posted by Sheel
    I've still got mine as well
    Always ask yourself one question: What would Gibbs do?
    Married to an immigrant.
    • jackieb
    • By jackieb 16th Jul 17, 5:31 PM
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    My brother had a Commodore Vic 20. He spent hours programming it.

    I was the annoying younger sister hanging about to play the games.
    I played Pac man until I was the ultimate expert. Blitz which is such a simple concept but so addictive and Perils of Willy. Our folks really stretched themselves financially to afford the computer that Christmas.
    Originally posted by Bobbybun
    My brother had a Commodore 64. The 14'' b&w kitchen portable tv was its monitor He got me to type in pages of programme just so we could see a stick man walk across the screen, stuff like that
    He had one game I used to play but I can't remember its name. I used to be locked in a room and try to get a key to get out. I never once got out of that room. Computers baffled me, and mostly they still do. They've just got more user friendly!
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