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Cheese Sandwich
May 21st, 2007, 04:35 PM
For me, the very first was a TRS-80 pocket computer. My very first (non-trivial) program was a poker game program (in BASIC), however it quikly consumed the 1.2 kilobytes of RAM in the pocket computer. Then a little later when we got the TRS-80 Model IV, I was able to implement the poker game fully. This was back in the mid-80s, BTW.

Here's a pic of the TRS-80 Model IV:


May 21st, 2007, 04:37 PM
Commodore C-128. My first usable was a basic program that could track weather statistics. My first (usable) Assembler program was a mouse driver for the 1351 mouse.

May 21st, 2007, 04:40 PM
Commodore 64 -> Apple II -> Amiga 500/1200

May 21st, 2007, 04:43 PM
TI-83. Learned calculator BASIC for writing simple games that always crashed because they used too much RAM. As everyone knows, the real calculator games that are fast, stable, and efficient in size are written in some sort of Assembly and copied over via a computer connector. But you can't exactly program like that in class (way back when). Have to do it old school.

May 21st, 2007, 05:00 PM
This one!

May 21st, 2007, 05:32 PM

May 21st, 2007, 06:04 PM
TRS-80 Model 1, in 1977.

Then in 1981, the TRS-80 Color Computer. And soon after that a TRS-80 Model 3 and a couple newer models of Color Computer.

Cheese Sandwich
May 21st, 2007, 06:06 PM
This one!

Awesome! 8)

Digi-Comp-1 Digital Computer Kit 1963

First real operating digital computer in plastic

A binary computer you can program

See how a computer add, subtracts, shifts, complements, multiplies, memorizes, compares, play challenging games, solve problems, process data, do the missile countdown, satellite re-entry, missile checkout, many other problems.

May 21st, 2007, 06:08 PM
this notebook of 15kg and terribly huge, compared to now:


May 21st, 2007, 06:08 PM
ZX Spectrum :D

May 21st, 2007, 06:13 PM
I'm probably a bit older than some of you folks. The first "computer" that I had experience with was a home-built box that used an 8080 processor. It had to be programmed from a numerical keypad with octal machine code. Ah... those were the days! ;)

May 21st, 2007, 06:38 PM
Commodore 64 - and I had the Simon's Basic expansion cartridge that added "114 additional programming commands" - and made those sprites really fly!!

I started my first D&D random number and character generator on that, and a full Mechwarrior combat simulator that would play out a battle between two mechs assuming constant range and environmental conditions. Even ported it for Carwars too, but I couldn't figure out a good way to deal with movement on that one.

Ahh the good old days...


Cheese Sandwich
May 21st, 2007, 06:51 PM
...(never mind)

May 21st, 2007, 07:30 PM
a 386/DX at school QBASIC for life! :)

May 21st, 2007, 07:39 PM
my first that i started programming on was the sinclair zx81.

May 21st, 2007, 07:44 PM
my first that i started programming on was the sinclair zx81.

HAHA! I remember those! At the tech college where I worked (as an equipment tech), we used to have to repair those things occasionally. ;)

Click for image of Timex computer (http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/d/d7/280px-Zx81-timex.jpg)

May 21st, 2007, 07:44 PM
A TI994A. I tried to program a complete system for dairy goat management. I never did finish that program even though I've started it over several times as I've gotten better computers.

May 21st, 2007, 07:54 PM
I'm going to start programming in sept, so my first computer is going to be a Gateway 3410 with Windows and Linux

May 21st, 2007, 08:47 PM
I also started with a TI-99/4A. I miss that machine! :) Most of my programming time on it was in BASIC, but I also dabbled with assembly on it.

May 22nd, 2007, 02:37 AM
IBM 360 Model 50 - punchcards, FORTRAN IV, sequential jobs, input on a ginchy old card reader, output on a big hard to read dot matrix printer. Pick up your job, debug your program and run it again till it worked.

May 22nd, 2007, 02:55 AM
IBM 360 Model 50 - punchcards, FORTRAN IV, sequential jobs, input on a ginchy old card reader, output on a big hard to read dot matrix printer. Pick up your job, debug your program and run it again till it worked.

Ah! Now see? There's someone even older than I am. ;)

May 22nd, 2007, 03:10 AM
Can't remember which was 1st. Either Fortran using punch cards on an ibm system-3 or basic on a wang the size of a small dresser. (1978 or there abouts)

May 22nd, 2007, 04:06 AM
It has been a
HAL 9000 beta model
Yes i been really lucky and designed my first timetravel device those back in the days .... using a hologram mag edition and adding some strange paralel universe jumpers aswell ....

;-)... oooops i just dreamed

In fact it has been a

amiga 1000 computer and i coded an assembler copper demo. ( Using code snippets)

May 22nd, 2007, 06:05 AM
My first was an Atari 800. It had been upgaded from 32k to 48k RAM, no built-in BASIC, and could use 2 cartridges together. I later upgraded to the 800XL, which had a built-in 10k BASIC ROM and a whopping 64k RAM!

May 22nd, 2007, 08:47 AM
Either one of these:


Or an IBM PC clone...

I really can't recall what I write my first line of Basic on.

May 22nd, 2007, 09:11 AM
C64 but it was a very basic non-graphical game programmed from a magazine that had the code in it so it was more like bad copying and pasting.

I first started to really program in college in first year.

May 22nd, 2007, 03:00 PM
Well, I don't remember much of the computer specifications since I was 9 back then, but it was (Swedish!) QBasic 1.0 on an 386, ~33mhz cpu, 8mb ram, 15" EGA-monitor :) Fun times!