questionsremember the 1st time you used a computer?

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Well, 2nd grade (1992) we were required to to know to "safely shut down computers". By 5th grade we were required to go on typing training for what felt like several hours where we type whats on the computer with a piece of paper on top of our hands so we can't see the keyboard, I guess it helped since I type like crazy nowadays. I think I was a bit of a natural on the computer... the only thing I hated the most was the "minimum requirements" and that 50/50 odds of the software your just installed was going to work.

But my most interesting memory was the first time I used a modern iMac (around 2003; that giant tube one) in middle school when I didn't understood what the dock was in OSX. When I clicked on an icon, it bounced. I thought it was hilarious. So I clicked on all 20 apps on the dock and they were all bouncing and all these windows came up and some were still bouncing. I don't recall them letting me come back to the computer lab again after that.

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I was in 7th grade and took a computer class which consisted of 8 of us using Commodore 64's. We followed a script of commands for like 2 months to make this "Donkey Kong" style game. I thought I was an incredible programmer!

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I don't remember my first experience. It was a long time ago...not sure when exactly but it needed 5-1/4" floppy discs. Good times.

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Yeah, not really, I was like 4 years old

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Commodore 64, 1983. Now I pretty much stick to macs :)

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Playing Dig Dug on my mom's work IBM PC. I also remember playing some Decathlon game. Everything was green and black.

Fun times.

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1979. High school. Fortran programming. Punch cards. My lawn. Get off it.

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Lol it was in the 80's and the only thing I ever did on it was play Monopoly on a green screen monitor and it actually had a screen over it! I was like 5 and it was so much fun.

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Yep. About 1984.

No such thing as a mouse back then.

5 1/4 floppys that barely held anything. Monochrome screen. Not much to them and we still thought they were pretty cool.

Had a "memory" typewriter too. You could reproduce documents, or specific programed paragraphs. Made filling out forms easier.

Had punch cards I learned how to use in 1976 at school if that counts as a computer.

Even adults today have no clue what a punch card was used for.

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I was using a commodore 128 with a tape deck and all, did my first programing on that thing typing in the games from the back of magazines

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We had a commodore vic 20. Plugged it into a small TV as the monitor. Software (and there wasn't much) came on special cassettes.

I remember when my school got it's first computers. They were macs and we all learned logo! Anyone remember the "turtle"? :)

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Grew up with them in my house - first one was a Commodore 64, then some beat up DOS PC... But I can't remember the first time - they were just always there.

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High School 1979, we had a unit with 8-inch floppy disks. One of the first things I remember doing was to explore all the commands and typing 'Format a:\' and deleting all of the class's work for the previous few weeks. I never made that mistake again!

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@klynb: Oh Ya!!! IBM 1032 with a card reader that was bigger than a couch and a printer almost as big... No monitor but there was a small printer at the CPU Station where you could input data in response to program needs...
Fortran 4 Rules... Learned Basic after the fact...

I still have some of my old Punch cards somewhere...

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First one would have been a Burroughs mini in the late 70's, maybe the B80 or something like it. 8" floppies, primary display was a line printer, and the games were pretty terrible.

All these year later and I still work with early 80's computers on a daily basis (Gould 32/77's). But we just replaced one with a linux PC yesterday and only have 2 left to replace.

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@klynb: 1969, punched cards, Fortran class also, as a freshman in college. In late 1970, got a job as a computer operator on an IBM 360/20 and 360/50.

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@mlsapack: Wonder how many have made it since!

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wow, great stories! First computer was in High School, tiny screen of about 6" and I forgot what language. The on to college IBM monster and punch cards (read that you floppy lovers!) We took the chads (the tiny card board punch outs) and added them to a friends car vents. So, next time he turned on the dash air, whoosh! ALL OVER THE CAR! Those suckers did not vacuum up worth a darn either.

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1984. My dad's IBM 286. I played a lot of Zork!

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I don't remember it...but probably around 1987-88 when I was 3 or 4. We had an IBM PC Jr :-D I actually remember the computer, since we had it for years and years after that. I had one really simple game that was for learning letters and numbers, and a set of Sesame Street games. Some of the games we had required you to plug some kind of BIOS extension cartridge into the computer.

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It was 1976 in High School. No mouse and NO MONITOR! Everything you did was displayed on a dot matrix printer as you typed. We went through a lot of paper.

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Mid-70's programming class in Fortran. Thank goodness for automatic cut-offs in the event of endless loop errors.

Anyone remember the old Timex Sinclair pc that had to be programmed in Basic and could only run loan amortizations and other simple programs? That was our first household computer. The monitor was a black and white tv. Extra memory was a big block that was attached to the thing and made it fall over if you weren't careful.

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I remember it well, it was amazing.

Our school district had a traveling computer lab that moved between all the grade schools. There were a bunch of computers in rows, and cables everywhere. The first time we were taken into the 'lab' I thought I had just walked into Mission Control.

It was a bunch of TRS-80 model 3's. The thing I remember distinctly about the lab was they were all networked together and there was a lot of waiting involved. Only the teacher's computer had a disk drive so it acted as a server, a really slow server. We played various math quiz games, and a text only version of Oregon Trail. "Type: Bang!"..."You missed."

In 5th grade my teacher was the one in charge of integrating computers into the curriculum so we were the only class that had a computer (an Apple II) in our classroom full time. A friend and I convinced our teacher to let us stay inside during recess and use the computer. We spent countless recesses typing in various BASIC programs. Good times.

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Second grade computer class, Apple IIe, playing Gertrude's Quest and the hellish "Paws" typing game.

Those were the days. Remember touching the metal of your chair so the computer didn't shock you?

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I remember playing "Shufflepuck Café" on an Apple Macintosh when I was 2 or 3 years old. Besides that, I remember playing learning games using the big floppies on green-screen computers.

Also, if anyone recalls this next part, I will love them forever. A nifty little "app" that would put Oscar the Grouch in your Apple trash can, and he'd sing to you anytime you emptied it: http://vimeo.com/35022478

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@joshobra: Were you in 2nd grade in 1992 and still in middle school in 2003, or did I just read that wrong?

My first computer was a 286. It had a 8 MHz processor and went all the way up to 12 MHz when you pushed the turbo button. It played King's Quest like a champ.

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@joshobra: I'm confused... "2nd grade (1992)" and then "(around 2003; that giant tube one) in middle school" - How did 11 years pass between 2nd grade and middle school? XD

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@tossthedice: Ha! I was wondering if I was crazy because it seemed that no one else was confused about that.

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My cousin had a green screen vintage Apple that we used to do math problems on.

My uncle had a stone age Macintosh with a flight simulator he would let us play, but I remember it not being very fun

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Used to play with a TI-99/4 Still have the thing ferreted away somewhere...

Has a 3 mhz processor and 16Kb of RAM.

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@misuhsipee: @tossthedice: Oh whoops, I just realized I was 2 in 1992.

I should've been in second grade in uh.. 1997? My bad.. thanks for noticing!

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1966, FORTRAN programming class at UF.
1972, COBOL as part of Marketing Research MBA program.
1977, programming mainframes for Eastern Airlines.
1980, Sinclair ZX80 in "basic"
1982, first Apple

a lot of first times...

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I remember when my school got its first computers (a lab full of Apples in what must have been 1992 or 1993). I thought that the painting program was the greatest thing (I was 6 or 7). We got our first home PC shortly thereafter for my mom to do word processing since she had just gone back to school.

Then in fifth grade, my teacher had computers IN HIS CLASSROOM! He had an Apple and two Commodore 64's he'd salvaged from the garbage. Rainy days meant staying inside at recess and playing Oregon Trail with green-on black text and rudimentary graphics. Good memories.

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Yep, 1982 in U.S.A.F. Electronic CounterMeasures training on the ALQ 191 Jamming Pod test system. You would load test programs with an 8" (yep 8") floppy.

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I started programming (ForTran4)on an IBM 7040 mainframe in 1967, but the first "hands on" was 1969, when I spent the summer working in the computer room. Hey Wooters: You know how, when you turn on your computer, it goes through a series of checks and "handshakes" with peripherals? In the sixties, we had to input all of those codes by hand on the computer main control board. One .. at .. a .. time. It was sorta fun, the first time. Then not so much. The computer room was also kept at 50 degrees, so we had to wear sweaters in August. And data tapes had to be loaded and threaded manually, at the direction of the computer. (Yes, the computer "talked" to us by sending commands, and occasional snide comments when we were slow, to the printer. Whoever programmed the instruction interface had a wicked sense of humor. I would gladly have strangled him.) I learned early in life how to live as a human servant to the Computer Overlords.

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I'd guess it was in '77, since it was a brand-new store display Trash-80 Model I. I was fascinated, and told myself that some day I would have one. Never did get a TRS, though I've several other brands of computers kicking around now.

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Tandy ex 1000, year 1984. Competent before kindergarten lol as i was born in 1981.

Mostly played lode runner, impossible mission, tysons punchout, and of course learned how to spell thanks to sierra games such as black cauldron, space quest, police quest and kings quest all of which had zero tolerance for spelling errors.

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Thanks to everyone who answered! Interesting how far back some 1st experiences were. Would like to mention that when I asked this question I was thinking about the 1st time I used a personal computer - not 1 at work.

My 1st experience at work was with DOSS (I think) & then UNIX into a 3B computer. Keyboards varied - no mouse, of course. I also had a TTY machine that used paper - it was given to me to take home to 'learn' how to interact on the computer. I played Adventure. (The mainframe was in NJ, I lived in FL, used dial-up. Lots of long distance paid for by the company.) :-D

Side note: SO wish I could find that old Adventure game now! xyzzy

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@gmwhit:

You want the "Colossal Cave Advanture"; Google it. Here is one site that will let you play it online.

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@baqui63: OH! Can't thank you enough. Played a bit, it's difficult to remember...plus not having the previous moves on paper means I can't look back to what I've done. Such priceless memories. So simplistic & naive. Appreciated more than I can say!

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@gmwhit:

You're welcome. I started playing it and killed about 20 minutes while waiting for the dryer to buzz.