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Offline Diesel Topic starter
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   I read today that an original Apple I was sold to a collector for £133,250, ($210,158), this sent me wandering down memory lane, back to my first P.C. sorry, Word Prossesor.

   It was an I.B.M. 564? or something, what a piece of kit, it had a tiny inbuilt monitor and you could switch on, make a three course meal, return and it was almost ready to work!!!. Every comand prompt had to be inputted manually. Data storage was on floppy disc's which were more adept at storing dust than Data. Coupled to a state-of-the-art printer that could handle upto 10 A4 sheets in it's hopper. The whole package was the size and weight of a small family car. Happy days.

   If only I knew then what I know now.

Posted November 24, 2010, 16:19:51 PM Logged
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Ahhh! the good old days   Grin
Wouldn’t want to pay that amount though. Shocked

Don’t think it was a 564 Diesel, probably a 386 or 486 or 586. sorry  Cheesy
Something like this:
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This is a vid of an early Apple 25 years on:
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For me my first love, sorry computer was a ZX spectrum,
amazingly people still play around with them today.
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Posted November 24, 2010, 17:22:57 PM Logged

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I've still got my ZX Spectrum and it was still working a few years back.

I remember Osbourne computers...orange screen very UNportable portable computers.

When I was at Uni we used Macs, were they called Mac 1's back then ?

Didn't really get into PC's until the late 90's - I went right off computers but came back with a thirst !

It's fun to remember these things and see how far we have come  Cool
Posted November 24, 2010, 17:30:33 PM Logged

Offline Snowcrash
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The early 8088 IBM was called a 5150 and was brought out in 1981. (my edit, changed 286 for 8088. What about 8086?)

Wiki here.

I remember using an early apple. It was a desktop box with vertical cards and cost a fortune.
I'm an old DOS head. I hated win 3.1 and only started using windoze when win95 came out.
Posted November 24, 2010, 17:48:27 PM
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Hi and welcome, Diesel. Your topic looks like a pretty nice museum.

Very fun thread (nostalgia...).

By the way, my first computer was an Atari 800 XL.  Cool

Posted November 25, 2010, 14:47:01 PM Logged

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Just watched the Apple 25 years on video, really interesting.  With a lot of old hardware they managed to achieve so much from relatively little.  Cool stuff  Cool
Posted November 26, 2010, 12:34:56 PM Logged

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Remember your first time?

Posted November 26, 2010, 15:39:25 PM Logged

Offline Diesel Topic starter
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Well given that it is Easter, please don't ask me what the link is here, I thought that I would see if could bring back some other memories with regard to MOBILE PHONES.

Oh yes, do you remember your first!!!.

Mine was a Sony unit with a separate hand set that was connected to the base unit by a coily wire. The Battery was the size of a breeze block, or cinder block for the USA, and, if you were lucky, would last a whole four hours, yes four hours, on stand by.  To be honest, that was most of the time as coverage was totally shite. You didn't walk up and down talking on this thing, it was just to damn heavy, and, most of the time, the battery would fall off the base unit. Happy Days.

As for the cost of the calls.

Today they would probable somewhere in the region of a small Eastern Countries Deficit. Smiley 
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Offline Snowcrash
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I remember the phones you're talking about. Didn't have one and technically they were not mobile phones but portable phones.

The first true mobile (cellular for USA) was the Motorola 'brick' that builders used to love even when phones got smaller.

My first phone was a Nokia 6110. I have had loads on trial as well 'cos my dad had a mobile phone shop and I was the tech department.

And by my rekoning I'm on my 7th phone (4 Nokia, 2 Ericsson) which is an HTC.
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I came to the world of mobile phones quite late, compared to others, it was 1999 and I had just become officially self-employed, the phone was an Ericsson (something). Despite having the phone, customers would still call me on my home phone, the cost of calling a mobile was too much for most back then, things haven’t really changed much in that department.

Overall I have had 3 mobiles the Ericsson followed by a Sony CZ7 and the one I have today an Orange Rio (cheap blackberry equivalent with a QWERTY keyboard).

I’m not really in to phones they are more of a necessity. 

Attached is a phone very similar to my first, a brick but a small brick.


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Posted April 25, 2011, 10:09:23 AM Logged

Offline Diesel Topic starter
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I've just been having a bit of a sort out with my puter desk. Languishing at the back of one of the cubby holes, I found a few 3M DS,HD mini discs. These state of the art storage mediums have a massive 2.0 Mb capacity and to think, these were the leading edge in Data Storage.

Wonder what's on them.  scratch-head
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I've got an entire box of those disks, on the shelf, just above my head. They contain pictures of my trip to Canadia, back in 2002, which were taken on a (now ancient) Sony Mavica digital Camera - my first. The camera was a whopping 72 kilo-pixels, and could store an amazing 20 images per disk! sometimes, I would get lucky, and be able to squeeze 22 images.  sign-rock-on
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Offline Diesel Topic starter
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But can you read them Dave.  scratch-head
Posted November 22, 2012, 20:45:24 PM Logged
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Offline Snowcrash
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Dave's a Borg with disc input built in. So, yes.

My synth I bought has (I still have it somewhere) 512k of RAM and can hold 14.4 secs of sound samples. (Roland W30)
Posted November 22, 2012, 20:52:51 PM Logged
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Dave's a Borg with disc input built in. So, yes.


 lol
Posted November 22, 2012, 21:17:12 PM Logged
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