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Throwback Thursday: This Old PC

Have a beloved old computer sitting in the attic or garage? It's show and tell time.
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User Rank: Ninja
5/15/2014 | 11:52:31 AM
BASIC on an Apple II
I didn't own one of these computers back in the day but my school had a computer lab long before it was customary to have such a room dedicated to machines.

We learned BASIC and played Oregon Trail on Apple II computers. If I had owned one of these machines I would have kept it all these years. They were a bit too pricy for our modest household budget in the 80s. 

Also, I have boxes of old floppy disks with no use. I did a great job backing up data that I never needed! 
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
User Rank: Author
5/15/2014 | 11:25:14 AM
Re: Another Radio Shack Winner & Journalist's Friend
Also known as the "trash 80," at least among my newspaper friends from the time.
User Rank: Apprentice
5/15/2014 | 11:23:08 AM
Yep, I have one of these, too.  It is the second generation IBM PC with the 256K motherboard (model 5150), not the original 64K release.

User Rank: Apprentice
5/15/2014 | 11:15:36 AM
My first very own computer.  Wrote invoicing program in Basic.  No sort, had to code own bubble sort routine
User Rank: Apprentice
5/15/2014 | 11:13:56 AM
The 1st BASIC computer I ever worked on...
Back at public school, the 1st BASIC PC I ever programmed on didn't even have a screen.  It was just a teletype keyboard attached to a printer with a manual coupler that was nothing more than an old school telephone handset nestled in a cradle.  Whatever you typed appeared in black typeset as did the prompts.  The computer took up a whole floor located 20 blocks away from where we were.  
User Rank: Apprentice
5/15/2014 | 9:50:16 AM
Legacy systems
I might sound a little bit like an episode of "Hoarders", but I still have the following as complete and fully functional...

Amiga 500

Mac SE/30

SGI Indy

All three were breakthrough systems in their day. They were not exactly top-tier hardware, but they had innovative features that are common even to modern systems.

The Amiga got most of the programming time with AmigaBASIC once I got over the differences with GWBASIC. Fun times.

D. Henschen
D. Henschen,
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5/15/2014 | 9:42:15 AM
Another Radio Shack Winner & Journalist's Friend
Radio Shack's TSR 80 was a highly portable winner in an era of "luggables." It was a hit with journalists back in the 80s. An eight-line LCD display didn't give you much room to work with, but you could polish a short paragraph at a time.

Radio Shack TRS-80
User Rank: Apprentice
5/15/2014 | 9:04:06 AM
Radio Shack PC2 Handheld Computer
Best hand held computer I have ever had still use it today just to have some fun with Basic programming and its a great calulator also.
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