Everyone else is doing it. Do it! You don't want to be left out do you?
All right, all right, shut up, you annoying voice in my head.
The first new computer my father gave to me was an IBM PC Jr. monochorome, memory exmpanded to 32K, 5 1/2, no hard drive, etc. The physical dimensions on this were nuts! To expand the memory by 4K you had to add a new side to the computer that was about 2"x4"x16", and there were 4 of those. No modem though, so I didn't use it much. :)
I can't even pretend to remember my father's first PC, it was about 20 years ago. I do remember some favorites though.
The XT, first one we ever had that could do more than just sit there and piss me off. Until Windows brought that feeling back.
The "luggable," IBM's first attempt at a portable computer. The case had a tiny little monitor built-in to it, and it had a handle. The thing must have weighed at least 50 pounds, and it didn't have a battery. Notably this was later moved into the XT case.
We had a 386, nothing special...
Then came the first non-IBM computer (Dad no longer worked there.) Packard Bell 486-75, 750Mg HDD, 14.4 modem, 15" color screen, 2x CD-ROM, Windows 3.11 (which I rarely used), all for $750. I was amazed, that's surely more harddrive than anyone would ever need, and that modem with speeds like that I was going to be the envy of all my firends... Then the web hit...
The first computer I bought myself was a 200MHz w/MMX (the company had swapped out the 166 and forgot to change the price :), a 2.5GB hdd, 8X CD-ROM, Win95, etc $600, considering the 200MHz had only come out earlier that month that wasn't bad at all. Even though every part has been changed, sometime more than once (4 sound cards and counting!) that computer is the one I sit at now. And yes, the case has been changed (twice), the keyboard, mouse, speakers, video card (thrice), floppy, zip, CD-ROM (thrice), hard drives (many many times), everything, but it's the same computer in spirit.
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