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My Early Days of Computing

Teletype I don't know the model of the first computer I used, in about 1979, but it had a teletype interface.
TRS 80 Model II I think it was in 1980 that a friend was doing a science fair project on artificial intelligence. He wrote a program that generated a random maze and then had the computer compute the most direct path through the maze. I don't remember exactly what awards he won, but I know he reached the national level. I didn't do any work on his project, but he did let me use his Radio Shack TRS-80 once in a while.
Timex Sinclair 1000 Summer of 1982, another friend bought a Timex Sinclair 1000. He moved later that year so I didn't get to really use it a lot.
Commodore PET October 1982 I moved to a different school district where I enrolled in a computer class that used the Commodore PET. To save programs we used a cassette tape.
Commodore VIC 20 Christmas 1982 I got my first computer, the Commodore VIC 20, with a whopping 3.5K of RAM.
Commodore 64 I think it was in late 1983 that I got the Commodore 64. I continued to use it until early 1985.
Commodore SuperPET 1983 - 1984 I used a Commodore SuperPET at college with a Waterloo interface that let us choose the language we would be programming in. It supported FORTRAN, COBOL, BASIC, Pascal, C and APL. All of my programming on this machine was done using either Pascal or BASIC.
Apple Macintosh 1984, the day after it's initial release, I was using an Apple Macintosh.
Apple III From 1985 through early 1987 I was serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While in California I used an Apple III.
IBM PC Still on my mission in 1986 I helped to automate the mission office using an IBM PC. We used dBase and Wordstar.
IBM XT Back from my mission and back to college. Things had changed some during those two years. Now the personal computers in use were the IBM XT
IBM AT and the IBM AT.
IBM Punch Card At this point I was also starting to get more into main frame use with IBM punch cards, running programs through
IBM 4341 the IBM 4341 in a batch process mode.
IBM keypunch machine I was writing in FORTRAN for this, on a punch machine.
PC Clone About this time I got a new computer. I don't remember who made it, but it was an Intel 386-20 with 2meg RAM, a 512k video card, a 40meg hard drive and monitor (all for $2700). It came with a 2400 baud modem that I later replaced with a 14400. Less than a year later when I decided to put up a BBS I spent $700 for an additional 100meg hard drive.
IBM 4381 Somewhere in here the school upgraded to an IBM 4381 and I did some work with VMS and COBOL.
IBM 4361 Nearing graduation I got a job at a local bank as a system operator managing the IBM 4361.
IBM System/36 Last semester at college I took a Mini-Computer class and worked with an IBM System/36.

Out of college and changed jobs. Now working at a local retail computer store I have worked with just about every type and model of personal computer that has come out since 1991. Instead of pictures, I'll just give the list. I will also include some of the older ones that I have worked with.

This list is strictly the Intel lineup. I have also had or worked with AMD systems as well as Apple. As of this writing I own an Intel Dual Core system, an AOpen AMD netbook and an Apple PowerBook G4.

Operating Systems:

  • IBM DOS 1
  • MS DOS 2-6
  • DR DOS 7
  • Concurrent DOS
  • Windows 1, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, 3.11
  • Windows for Workgroups 3.11
  • Windows NT
  • Windows 95, 98, Millennium (ME)
  • Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8
  • etc.


  • Novel NetWare 3 & 4
  • Novell NetWare Lite
  • LANtastic
  • Windows peer-to-peer
  • Windows dedicated server


  • 8086
  • 8088
  • 80286
  • 80386
  • 80486
  • Pentium
  • Pentium II
  • Celeron
  • Pentium III
  • Pentium 4
  • Pentium D
  • etc.


  • IBM
  • Zenith
  • Packard Bell
  • Gateway
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Compaq
  • Dell
  • Acer
  • AOpen
  • eMachine
  • Alienware
  • Lenovo
  • Asus
  • multiple clones
  • etc.
In no particular order, either because I don't remember the time frame or because I really don't consider them significant in my history, here are some other systems that I have worked with.
TI-99/4A TI-99/4A
Mattel Aquarius Mattel Aquarius
Commodore 128D Commodore 128
Commodore Amiga Commodore Amiga
Commodore SX-64 Commodore SX-64 - It was installed with GeoWorks GEOS, which was a very impressive GUI for it's time.
Tandy 1000 Tandy 1000
Atari 520ST Atari 520ST
Compaq Portable
Compaw Portable Closed
Compaq Portable - I had to include an image of the case because it always reminds me of a sewing machine.
IBM AS/400 IBM AS400
IBM Personal System 2 IBM Personal System/2

For image sources I would like to credit:

Computer Hope also has an excellent history of computers.

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