This week I have a fun topic - do you remember your first computer? It might have been a computer in an office or the first one you (or your parents) bought, but what is the very first one you can recall? I am really interested to see what others remember because it's going to be very different for all of us depending on our ages.
|This is similar to the machine I used|
I was one of three assistants to the Chief Accountant for all of Canada and part of my job was to take care of payroll as a keypunch operator. I had to create and manage punch cards on an IBM punch machine.
I hated this part of my job but twice a week I had to walk to another building where all the tech toys were, and enter my little
The guys running the computer and other machines thought it was cool that I was so intrigued and interested so they showed me how the machines worked and actually let me try them out (easy to do since my boss was in a separate building!)
I think that's when I fell in love with technology and computers! But it wasn't until I was in the 70s that I actually got to use the prototype for the first IBM home computer. My brother-in-law had one in his home for testing purposes and he encouraged me to use it.
It was all DOS of course but he let me play an Adventure Game (text on DOS) by hooking me into an office in California. I played it all day and when he got home from work he almost fainted, because the entire time I was online it was via the telephone and long distance charges from Ontario Canada to California. Oh boy....
It was huge. It was clunky. And it was loud with a printer hooked up to it.
|© Bill Bertram 2006, CC-BY-2.5 — Attribution|
What a change from now! I've had so many computers since my first one that I honestly don't remember them all. I wish I did. I wish I had photos of them, what a historical archive of technology that would make!
What was your first computer and what do you remember best about any others you had or saw?