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Master Geek

#78578 4-Mar-2011 13:20
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Has anyone else bothered to document their own personal computing history / milestones?

Here's mine!

Attended week-long course at University Of Canterbury and was introduced to home computers. Learned BASIC on BBC model B that week.
We had the choice of BBC or Apple. I don't recall the reason I chose BBC instead of Apple that first day...
From then on wanted a computer at home...

First computer – Atari 400
First storage device – cassette tape drive

Replaced Atari 400 with an Atari 600XL
First floppy drive using 360K 5.25 inch floppy discs
First decent joystick “Quickfire I”

Replaced Atari 600XL with Atari 130XE
First printer - 9 pin dot matrix
First Light Pen (forerunner to tablet)

First modem – 300buad only (at a whopping $1,700)
First communications with BBS’s
Commodore 64 as additional computer
Upgraded joystick to “Quickfire III” (microswitch technology!)

Replaced 8 bit computing for an Atari 520ST 16 bit computer
First Mouse!
First GUI based interface
Replaced 300buad modem with 1200buad modem

Commodore 128D as an additional computer
First monitor (as opposed to running through a TV)

Replaced all computers with an “IBM clone” 4.77MHz XT
First Hard Drive (20 megabytes)
DOS 3.3 through to DOS 5
Replaced 1200baud modem with 2400buad modem
First account with an ISP (to get access to FIDO)
Replaced 9pin printer with 24pin dot matrix printer
EGA Monitor
First virus (stoned virus)

Upgraded to 386 SX 25MHz PC clone
First use of Microsoft Windows! (Windows 3.0)
My workplace was also using Windows 3.0 but primarily DOS
Replaced modem with 9600baud
First VGA Monitor
First sound card
First CD ROM drive and game played that came on a "CD" and not on floppies (game was "The 7th Guest")

Upgraded to 486 DX2 50MHz
Upgraded to a 33K modem
Started using Windows for Workgroups

1994 - 1995 approx
Visited my first “web site” which was altavista search engine (up til now had been using usenet and telnet services)

Upgraded to a Pentium based system
Started using Windows 95
(Work was using NT4 now)
First colour printer

1997 - 2000
Windows 98 and Windows 98SE
Various upgrades of system including second PC
First 56K modem
First home network to play local LAN games
Windows ME
First curved ergonomic keyboard (Microsoft) (I cannot use a straight one very well now at all)

First online gaming (Quake 3)
Windows XP (yes the corporate one that came out ages before it was available in the shops)
First AMD Duron based system
First “accelerated 3D” graphics card
First CD-writer

Replaced 56K modem with Cable internet 256K
Started using multiple monitors
First surround sound on PC (5.1 Creatinve Live!)
First scanner
First AMD Athlon based system

Shifted house to area with no cable. ADSL now on 256/128
First router with hub (no more crossover cable!)

2003 – 2007
Numerous upgrades (a blur of constant upgrading really)
ADSL full speed up and down
First optical mouse and first laser mouse
First "gaming mouse pad" that costs more than the mouse!
First DVD writer
SDRAM to DDR to DDR333 to DDR2 400MHz Memory
IDE hard drive to SATA to SATA II
Wireless home networking (due to wife buying laptop!)
Changed to LCD screens from CRT

Windows Vista
First dual core CPU
DDR2 800MHz Memory
First time using memory in Dual Channel mode
External HDD Enclosures using USB2

First quad core CPU
First use of AHCI controller to make use of SATA II enhanced features (Hot swappable hard drives, NCQ, faster speed)
First time completely removing a floppy drive from the system
DDR2 1066MHz Memory
First NAS Device (Netowrk Area Storage)
External HDD Enclosures using E-SATA not USB

Windows 7
First 64bit system (ie both OS and hardware)
First wireless printer
First hard drive sized over 1Tb

DDR3 Memory
First netbook purchase
First 1080p widescreen monitor
USB 3.0
iPad (replacing netbook for mobile internet access)

The saga continues...

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Ultimate Geek

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  #445500 4-Mar-2011 13:59
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I keep screenshots of old benchmarks to have a chuckle but I don't have a comprehensive history like yours recorded. Maybe I should before I forget, but the funny thing is I still keep it all in boxes. You know, for Antiques Roadshow 2050. Gonna be rich from knackered old Quickshots and hundreds of floppies. Still, from memory:

1985 - Bought Amstrad CPC464 for about $1400 from Farmers on a hire purchase plan over several years. Took a while to pay off with my after school job but totally worth it.

1989 - Bought Atari 520STFM from Whitcoulls for about $2100. Got dialup modem soon after and played around on local BBSs

1993 - Give or take a year I joined up with Southern Internet (anyone here from that crowd? They were good). I had a shell account and lynx, pine & tin were my best friends.

2001 - I admitted defeat as far as internet access on an 8Mhz computer was concerned and finally got an Athlon 1.4Ghz based PC from the PC Company for about $2000.. Windows ME included. After Windows ME went haywire I installed Windows XP. Got a Jetstart account, I think it was 128Kbps or something like that. I still remember starting to play FPS games like Half Life and Quake 3 Arena and wondering how the hell you were supposed to use the mouse and keyboard at the same time. Good days.

Few years later signed up to Paradise/TCL.

In the years since then I've constantly upgraded, though major upgrading kinda stopped a few years ago after the dark times came (ie arrival of kids). I own several consoles too, the most obscure one being a complete Atari Jaguar console setup, still a prized posession despite its junk status!

This year will be a big year for me though, I am planning a new PC for BF3 & Skyrim to replace my current Socket 939, Opteron 165 based system. Having read this thread I might just keep a diary document to keep track of things, it's fun to look back and see that I've always pretty much spent the same money acquiring things and how worthless most of it is now. An expensive hobby but totally worth it.

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