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Pictured, my first computer a Pentium 90. Compared to most of my peers I feel like I got a late start in the digital world. Just missing the 486 boat, this bad boy Pentium cost my parents over $3,000. A price tag eventually replicated by my second computer, a Dell 300mhz beast and again by my third computer, a custom built rig around an AMD Athlon chip. In preparation for a move, my mother started cleaning out the basement and on Tuesday this will be making a visit to the local landfill. I did go ahead and save the CPU though, a A80502 90 with gold top.

Just look at the backwardsness of this machine. Everything is totally flipped. The power supply is on the bottom, the expansion cards are on top, the optical drives are on the bottom, even the CPU is in the front of the case. Hahah, there's even a TURBO button on the front of the case. Can you imagine having a NOS for your computer? Press the button and spray NO on your heatsink.

Anyway I wasn't too big on computers in the beginning, it sat dormant for a good year or two until the bug bit me. You know what got me in the game? AOL, oh yes, DCHANMAN99 was a download maniac. I had the thing constantly on, my parents got a second phone line just for my addiction. Oh yes, the memories are flooding back in now. I think my first modem which I had to buy separately was a US Robotics 33.6 unit. Oh yeah, I was laughing at all the slow pokes on 14.4k and 28.8k. Then 56k came around and I felt like I was driving around in a Yugo. DOS and Windows 3.1 didn't really do it for me either. By the time I was hooked I had already gotten on Windows 95. Totally weaned on the GUI platform and many thanks to Bob for walking me through everything, I probably would have quit and gotten out of the computer thing if it wasn't for his patience and guidance.

I really let the thing depreciate the first year I got it, but I made up for it eventually. Before moving onto my second computer (the previously mentioned Dell 300mhz machine) I had this box maxed out. I got extra ram for it, even took up every last megabyte on that 540mb harddrive.

Pentium 90, Dimension XPS300, Custom built 1 + Toshiba Portege 3020CT, Custom built 2 + Toshiba Portege 2000, and now the ThinkPad T42. Progress...
At 1:00 AM, Blogger [illegal] architect said...

dang.... mine was a 486DX 66mhz. a hopping 64mb of RAM, VGA monitor, Windows3.1. that's all i remember. it's long been in gone. it's probably recycled into a soda can somewhere else in this world.

 
At 3:35 AM, Blogger dJsLiM said...

wow... I had an XT compatible with a 5.25" FDD, a whopping 30MB HDD (while everyone else had a 20MB one). 640KB RAM. A green monochrome monitor. I think it ran DOS 3.0 or something... I remember saving for months to get an ADLIB sound card for it... Those were the days...

 
At 6:07 PM, Anonymous terry said...

Ooh, how about video card chronology? I was a big graphics geek. Remember mip-mapping, anti aliasing, T&L, S3TC, etc? I went Trident ISA card (video on ISA!?), 3dfx Voodoo, 3dfx Voodoo II, Riva TNT, GeForce Ti4200, then the laptop era with Intel 830M and now ATI Mobility Radeon 9600. Fun times!

 
At 3:19 AM, Anonymous beatit said...

how can you spot an uber nerd?
answer: when they can quote you the specs of their first computer, along with make and model. nerds all of you....

i think mine was 133Mhz, 32 ram (bumped up to 64), with a CD drive (1x), and don't remember the hard drive but it had windows 95.

the most amazing thing to me was a color word processor. i played with microsoft word for nearly 40 minutes it was so cool.

 
At 12:24 PM, Blogger zanimal said...

My first computer was a Commodore 128, with 128KB ram and a 5.25 inch floppy drive. Flight Sim for the 128 was where I first learned to fly. Whenever the plane crashes, you'd have to reload teh program from 2 disk to get back on the runway. (5 minutes)

http://cobit.mma.com.br/propagandas/C128PC_85.jpg

http://cobit.mma.com.br/propagandas/C128_85.jpg

 
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