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Topic # 9412 14-Sep-2006 09:59
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A bit of self promotion of my web site, but thought you might find this funny ... the worlds first Hard Drive

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Reply # 46115 14-Sep-2006 10:15
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When I started working with IT, back in 1985, the HDD in our Burroughs (later Unisys, and I ended up joining the company after uni) mainframe were of the same size, but 200MB in capacity. Still a monster, seeing that I currently have a 1TB Maxtor USB/Firewire drive on my desk for external backup, and a bit smaller than a shoe box...

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  Reply # 46145 14-Sep-2006 14:50
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My own very first hard drive was 20MB. That was enough room for Windows 3.11, Word/Excel and a whole heap of games.
How times have changed!

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  Reply # 46146 14-Sep-2006 14:58
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My first PC was a 286 8/16Mhz - loved the old turbo button. Upgraded to a huge 1Mb of RAM and 16Mb HDD. Used double space to create more room.

I just about died when i got a 486 DX66 4Mb RAM and 40Mb HDD. It was just insanely powerful. It even ran Netscape 3 and IE4

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  Reply # 46158 14-Sep-2006 15:36
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My first PC was a 486, 133MHZ Pentium with 4GB HD, 16MB of RAM from PC Direct, if anyone remembers them. Came with Windows 95 and a whole heap of games including one which I still have, although haven’t played or even open for years, the Muppets! I did update it to Windows 98 (and regretted it, everything was the bear minimum), after that upgrade it was the slowest PC I have ever used. It took about 10 minutes to boot towards the end of its life! Although for some strange reason, I never carried out my threat of reinstalling Windows 95...

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  Reply # 46159 14-Sep-2006 15:40
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Heh, I started learning on an 8088 XT with a CGA emulator card, Hercules Monochrome screen, the good old 5¼" 360k floppy and (shock horror) 2x 20mb harddisks. One of the 20mb MFM, the other was a StorageCard 20mb MFM. The storagecard was actually quite cool. It was an MFM controller, and the harddisk itself in one package, ISA form factor. Full length ISA, plug it in and it was just recognised and there as another 20mb drive.


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  Reply # 46190 14-Sep-2006 18:05
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I loved those old 5 1/2" floppy disks. They were actually floppy.


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  Reply # 46449 19-Sep-2006 08:46
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The first unit i owned was a Vic 20 and it loaded everything off tape!@!

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  Reply # 46450 19-Sep-2006 09:58
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My 1st computer was an Amstrad 6128-anyone remember those

Cant remember their specs now

Processor: Zilog Z80A @ 4 MHz

memory : 64kb

OS: Locomotive BASIC 1.0
Didnt have a HDD but a cassette type tape system. Think the 464 had a floppy.
I was a member of thge Hamilton Amstrad Club in those days which was the precurser of the Hamilton Computer Club which Im a member of still

We had fun with that-programming the games out of the manual

This would be around 1984-85-if I remember rightly we bought it at Farmers-cant remember the cost however
They went on to buy out Sinclair-the manufacturer of the ZX80.
Boy those were the days

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Reply # 46452 19-Sep-2006 10:06
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You know the Z80 is still sold around the world, and is used in all sorts of industries mainly in embedded devices? Don't be surprised if your amplifier, VCR or TV is running a Z80 inside.

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