I had a hand me down Commodor 64 and all you could play on it was dos based games.
Your frst ever computer
dos wasn't around in the days of the Commodore64 although it did have a disk operating system of sorts. Graphics and sound on the Commodore 64 was amazing for it's time courtesy of the SID and VIC chips.
Timex / Sinclair ZX81 (if you don't count the Univac 20/20 I maintained, but I didn't own it)
Is this off the thread...?
I made big bucks selling electronic calculators back in the '60s. It was small enough to fit into my briefcase. This little Sanyo baby could do all four functions plus had a memory. It incorporated the newly-deveoped of integrated circuit.
The demo to the prospect was fantastic. I'd ask them to give me an impossible calculation (say, divide 1 by 7), do it and show them. They couldn't believe it. No noise and straight away.
It cost about a year's wages which was cheap. The previous models cost about three years wages and didn't have a memory to accumulate totals. About the size of a sewing machine.
Gee I'm old. Might have a Milo and go to bed.
Tandy Sensation 1991
Yep miloman, calculators have advanced beyond our wildest dreams
no, no, no! you mentioned the "toy" word. These computers are very serious ok?
ballistic, I take my computer very seriously now...but back then, I didn't see the point. The word processing program we had was extremely primative and didn't work very well...Many times as I was trying to type a letter or a report for my son, I cursed at the stupid thing and wished for a nice typewriter. Seemed like all that first 'puter was for was entertainment for the kids.
wombat, what's a Milo?
Can I go home now? My workday is only two hours old and it's already crap. I have the kind of headache where my vision is screwed up (white spots in front of my eyes, etc...)
It's a hot chocolate milk drink that old people have to help them sleep and build up the calcium in their frailing bones. Like..I remember having a crystal radio. Bet no one here knows what I'm talking about.
TI99/4A in the hizzle!
Cassette deck to save my BASIC programs and even a voice synth module plugged in tthe back.
Later, like a lot of you, I moved on to the C64. My first PC was a Compaq Prolinea:
A crystal radio to die for (mine was made in dads shed with some barbed wire a toilet roll and a plank lol