First Personal Computer

My friend Alan sent me a very interesing link. I don't think it was inspired by my "Looking Back 25 Years" article but it certainly fits in. The link is to Blinkenlights Archaeological Institute's pop quiz titled "What Was the First Personal Computer".

While there is nothing out there that would have run Linux (and many of the items were built before Linus Torvalds was born), it is an interesting look back in history. It's a little scary to be that I remember most of the "wrong answers". For many, I expect you will find some surprises.

fyl - Thu, 2006-08-24 06:08.

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Crank up the WayBack machine...

I remember being about 5 or 6 and doing some BASIC programming to create sounds on my dad's VIC-20. I think I still have the books, too.
Ahhh...good times...

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2006-09-13 20:04.

First Personal Computer

Apple II "Plus" with the 16kb memory upgrade and an 80 column card that would do upper and lower case with a control something or other. In my misguided attempt to engender "computer literacy" in my daughters I required them to "write a program" before they could use the machine (a selfish ploy in disguise). One now works as an ITA for EDS and the other works for Williams-Sonoma (she is the computer challenged one).

Mike (not verified) - Tue, 2006-09-12 17:41.

Museum Visit

One year ago I was wondering by an museum visit, because I saw there a laptop and a pc that I had own. Oops. That was scary too.

Thorsten (not verified) - Tue, 2006-09-05 16:54.

Tandy TRS-80

My first computer was a TRS-80. I thought I was cool stuff when with a few lines of basic I could make the screen blink different colors. :)

Daniel McCarthy (not verified) - M - , 2006-08-28 06:27.

My first computer

I had a TRS-80 but had used a PET before that to do some fairly complex stats. After I got my Superbrain I never looked back - I have had too many PCs - in fact one went to the tip today! and now I have a gorgeous iMAC - long live MAC SOX.

Joe Edwards (not verified) - M - , 2006-09-04 15:33.

Commodore 64

Well I do not know the answer but my first was an Commodore 64
then we got an Amiga. Go figure IBM would have the title for first ever personal PC.

Kary (not verified) - M - , 2006-08-28 04:34.