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Holidays and Tech: Your first computer

A bit of fun before the holiday break.

One thing that people in our profession can count on is 'your first computer'. There is one for each of us, and generally they hold a special place in our hearts and very often they're tied to holidays or birthdays. We did an impromptu survey of FASRC (as well as with some colleagues who dropped by) of 'firsts' and these are the results*:

FIRST COMPUTER

  • Commodore 64
  • Generic PC (80386)
  • IBM laptop (80286_
  • Sony Vaio (Pentium II)
  • IBM PS/2 (80486)
  • TI ZX81
  • Apple IIC
  • IBM PS/2
  • Pravetz 82 (Apple II clone)
  • EDVAC (I'm dubious about this entry...)
  • Apple Mac SE
  • Packard-Bell PC
  • Amdahl/Kaypro 2
  • TRS-80
  • iMac (original)
  • TRS-80
  • Apple II
  • Laser IIGS
  • Compaq laptop (80386)
  • ZX Spectrum
FIRST COMPUTER GAME

  • Earl Weaver Baseball
  • Sim City 2000
  • Colossal Cave
  • MS Flight Simulator
  • Omega Race (Vic20)
  • Dungeons of Doom
  • Solitaire (PC)
  • Hover
  • Oregon Trail (Apple II)
  • Downland
  • Transylvania
  • Oregon Trail
  • Oregon Trail
  • Winter Olympics '94
  • Attic Atac
FIRST PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE

  • BASIC
  • FORTRAN
  • C
  • LOGO
  • C
  • C++
  • QBASIC
  • BASIC
  • BASIC
  • HYPERCARD
  • BASIC
  • HYPERCARD
  • BASICS
  • ATARI BASICS
  • BASIC/Perl
  • BASIC
  • Javascript
  • BASIC/Z80 assembly

* - Not everyone filled in the latter columns, so they are not in order.

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