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Fun >> Tell your computer live story


ronthai

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Pattaya

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#1
OK, this thread is just for fun reading and sharing your personal "travels" through the computer world, from the first ever computer you owned (or at school learned if you are younger).

I hope not, but my guess is that I am a bit older than most here.
When I went to school, in Holland (Netherlands, I am Dutch), no such thing as computers (and I am not even retired yet:roflmao:).

Well, my story. I will try to keep it lite and fun reading.

My first ever computer I bought (and used) was an Amiga 500+ (1987-88, yes, I am old, I told you)
Got home, unpacked it and well now what. AHH, it has a manual, great.
OK, do this do that, following the instructions in the manual and then it said "Press Return",
well glancing at the keyboard, sorry I have no return key (I actually still used the word button at that time).
You figure it, of course it was the ENTER key, HOW would I know as somebody with no computer experience.

Well that is how I started, when most of you educated great helpful people here, weren't even born yet. Everything I know about computers is self taught, which is not much, but then in my surroundings many older people come to me for help with computer problems, so I guess I know more then most elder people. Which is nothing compared to many people here.

OK, my history:
Amiga 500+
Amiga 1000
Amiga 2000
First PC:
W95
W98
XP (longest run ever, my original CD is PRE service pack 1). What year is that?
W7 started 2014, just because MicroSoft canceled updates for XP
and now since a few weeks a new computer with W8.1 (My first ever "off the shelf" computer AND MY LAST, my next computer I will have custom built again).

Well got the idea of writing a short story, not my life story.

If you got this far, THANKS for reading, Ron
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP Envy 700-540d
    CPU
    Intel i7-4790 3.60GHz
    Motherboard
    Kaili 2
    Memory
    8 GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce GTX 745 - 4GB
    Sound Card
    Internal 7.1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Internal 2TB
    External:
    WD 3.0 (3TB - 1TB - 1TB)
    WD 2.0 (1TB - 500GB - 500GB)
    Vertabim 3.0 (1TB - 1TB)
    Old HDD 2TB with external 2.0 USB casing
    Browser
    FF
    Antivirus
    AVG 2015

ronthai

New Member
Pattaya

Posts
28
#3

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP Envy 700-540d
    CPU
    Intel i7-4790 3.60GHz
    Motherboard
    Kaili 2
    Memory
    8 GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce GTX 745 - 4GB
    Sound Card
    Internal 7.1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Internal 2TB
    External:
    WD 3.0 (3TB - 1TB - 1TB)
    WD 2.0 (1TB - 500GB - 500GB)
    Vertabim 3.0 (1TB - 1TB)
    Old HDD 2TB with external 2.0 USB casing
    Browser
    FF
    Antivirus
    AVG 2015

Berton

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Forever West

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591
#4
Got my first PC in '92 with MS-DOS 5 and Windows 3.1 on an AMD 386-40MHz computer with 4MB RAM and 120MB HDD. It had WordPerfect for Windows 5.1, took a DOS and WP class at the college community education. Retired a couple years later and a week after that went to work in a computer shop, all 2 months before turning 55. Been at it ever since, now doing the Win10TP trial and just installed the Office 2016 Preview. For a change Office 2016 gets it right, the suite is numbered 2016 and the applications within it are version 16, at least if someone has to shortcut the number it'll be easier to work with.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    2 Customs and 3 OEM/Brands
    CPU
    AMD and Intel

HippsieGypsie

It's Gururrrrrr8!
Lilymoor, IL

Posts
13,547
#5

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
    Internet Speed
    54mbp/s
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1

strollin

Old Guys Rule!
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N. Calif

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3,839
#6
In 1984 I was promoted to a management position at IBM. We had a single IBM 5150 PC that was shared between 3 managers. I had never touched a PC before so never used it. One of the managers got Lotus 1-2-3 which required 256K of RAM but our PC had only 128K. I went to the parts department and got the RAM chips needed to upgrade to 256K but he didn't want me to touch the expensive PC and wanted to call in a CE to install the RAM. I told him I had been a manager for only a few weeks but had worked as a technician for the previous 12 years, just had never touched a PC before. He still forbid me to install the RAM. After he left for the day, I tore open the PC and installed the new RAM, then set the switches on the mobo to indicate the machine now had a whopping 256K of RAM.

After that I taught myself DOS (v2.1), then Lotus 1-2-3. I discovered I had a knack for writing 1-2-3 macros which in turn got me interested in programming so I bought a 5150 PC for my home (4.88Mhz 8088 cpu, 256K RAM, 2 360K floppy drives) and then enrolled in a C programming class at the local community college. I then applied and got accepted to a programmer training program at IBM which was an intense, 40+ hours per week, 6 month course learning programming using 370 Assembler language (mainframe). There were 27 of us that started the course but only 9 graduated. That was in 1986 and I've worked as a programmer/software engineer since.

Around the same time, I also built my first computer, a clone of an IBM XT with an 8Mhz 8088cpu, 640K RAM, 1 360K floppy and 20MB hdd. I've built dozens more since then for myself, family and friends.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Home built i7-8700K, Toshiba Satellite S55-A Laptop, MS Surface Pro 3, Dell Inspiron 15 5000
    CPU
    3.7Ghz Core i7-8700K, 2.4Ghz Core i7-3630QM, 1.9Ghz Core i5 4300U, 2.8Ghz Core i5 6200U
    Motherboard
    ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming, Toshiba, MS, Dell
    Memory
    16G, 12G, 4G, 8G
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GTX 1050, Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Sound Card
    ATI High Definition Audio (Built-in to mobo)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2817Q 28", 15.6"
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160, 1366x768 (laptop)
    Hard Drives
    500GB ssd boot drive with 2 & 10TB Data on Desktop, 512GB ssd for laptop, 128GB SSD tablet, 500GB ssd laptop
    PSU
    Corsair CX 750M
    Case
    Antec 100
    Cooling
    Coolermaster CM 212+
    Keyboard
    IBM Model M - used continuously since 1986
    Mouse
    Microsoft IntelliMouse
    Internet Speed
    120Mbps/6Mbps down/up
    Browser
    FireFox
    Antivirus
    MSE on desktop, Defender on laptop
    Other Info
    Retired after working in the tech industry for 41 years. First 10 years as a Technician, the rest as a programmer/software engineer. After 1 year of retirement, I was bored so went back to work as a Robotic Process Automation Consultant.

Cliff S

Missing my GIF avatars:(
Pro User
Bamberg Germany

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2,392
#7
The first job I had with a computer was in 1984 in the Field Artillery using a BCS(Battery Computer System) a component of TACFIRE. In my first unit our section was called Digital Destruction.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Update Pro in Hyper-V/Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Cliff's Black & Blue Wonder
    CPU
    Intel Core i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero
    Memory
    32 GB Quad Kit, G.Skill Trident Z RGB Series schwarz, DDR4-3866, 18-19-19-39-2T
    Graphics Card(s)
    ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition
    Sound Card
    (1) HD Webcam C270 (2) NVIDIA High Definition Audio (3) Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ BL2711U(4K) and a hp 27vx(1080p)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 x 32 bits (4294967296 colors) @ 60 Hz
    Hard Drives
    C: Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD
    E: & O: Libraries & OneDrive-> Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
    D: Hyper-V VM's -> Samsung PM951 Client M.2 512Gb SSD
    G: System Images -> HDD Seagate Barracuda 2TB
    PSU
    Corsair HX1000i High Performance ATX Power Supply 80+ Platinum
    Case
    hanteks Enthoo Pro TG
    Cooling
    Thermaltake Floe Riing RGB TT Premium-Edition 360mm and 3 Corsair blue LED fans
    Keyboard
    Trust GTX THURA
    Mouse
    Trust GTX 148
    Internet Speed
    25+/5+ (+usually faster)
    Browser
    Edge; Chrome; IE11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender of course & Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit as a
    Other Info
    Router: FRITZ!Box 7490
    Sound system: Philips Soundbar HTL2160 w/subwoofer