Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Question of the Day

Tech support:

What was the first computer you owned, and when?

Mine was an Apple IIc purchased at Schaack Electronics, a store in Crossroads Mall in Boulder, Colorado, in 1984. I paid $1,500 for it. I still have it in its original boxes in the garage. I used it until 1997 when I bought a Gateway PC for $2,500.

The first computer I used was a Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8 in 1967. It was the size of a refrigerator and used punched paper tape fed out of a teletype machine. I learned FORTRAN and taught it how to sort numbers in order as a programming assignment for math class.