Post subject: Re: Your olders computer Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:27 am
Got an XT too. Unfortunately, the HDD controller is missing. so i`m stuck with a single 5,25" floppy drive
Aww, that's too bad. Is it a 10MB disk or 20MB disk?
When I got mine, it had an 20MB hard disk, but the machine originally came with the 10MB one.
Now I got an unbelievable 40GB disk in my XT, but that is only because I have a special adapter installed. It will allow me to use 16-bit PATA drives with the 8-bit ISA bus. However, it is slower than the regular hard disk, but in terms of floppy disks, it is rather fast. I am keeping the original drive in hand in cause I need it.
Post subject: Re: Your olders computer Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:34 am
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Had to be an Olivetti M250E from late 1980 i think. Rememberi found the the year, but can't remember as i found it out by cheching wich DOS versions it was on it. I think the earlyest was DOS 4, but upgraded to DR-DOS 5. It has an CMOS error now, have to try to fix it.
Post subject: Re: Your olders computer Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 12:15 pm
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My oldest system I believe is a Panasonic Sr. Partner, a portable system with the display, 5.25 Inch floppy disk drives, keyboard (tethered to a built in cable when detached from the rest of the system unit for operation), and internal components built in one system unit. However, it could also be our Apple IIc, but I'm not sure because both systems are from 1985. Either way, my oldest PC Compatible would be the Panasonic Sr. Partner.
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Post subject: Re: Your olders computer Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 2:25 am
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Gather around little children, and listen to a really, really sad history:
My dad and my grandfather had a construction company. Back in the early to mid 70s they bought a computer to create topography data compiling programs and to keep the accounting of their company.
That behemoth of a monster was the size of two desks, with another desk size appendage in an L-shaped position:
According to what my dad tells me nowadays, 1 was the CPU, 2 was the keyboard and 3 was where the tape drives were (this was built even before floppy disks were common use). From the times my brother and I tinkered with it, we discovered that in a) was located the unespecified size HDD (dad says it had 5 mb but he isn't sure) and that in b) the dual tape readers were located.
I only saw this running once, since it was located in what was my grandparent's office, that later became my dad's office, and after the Mexican economic crisis of 1994 became just a simple room. That time, back in either 1989 or 1990, it was functioning for some reason (looking back, I suppose it was because my dad needed to get some saved information from it) while my dad was searching in the yellow pages for the telephone of the company that had originaly built it (a crummy Mexican company called Printaform that still exists to this day, building crummy PCs and fire catching office furniture as seen in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg4S7KdSrKs) to get some support. I remember helping my dad to search for "Computers" in the yellow pages, and since that day he has told me the full story of that phone call: he got hold of a Printaform service center, and the only thing they said to him was that his best option was to sell the computer as scrap metal, but save the printer's servomotors because they could be used for other things.
So, that computer that had no monitor -the only way users had feedback from the computer was when it finished running a program (or crashed) and printed the result on the printer- was one of the few reminders of the better times of my dad's company. When we visited my grandmother's house (where in the back once stood the offices of my dad's company) my brother and I went to the room where the computer was, took out the HDD and laughed about how that enormous monster had less capacity than the computer we had at home (1994), the HP 48G my brother bought when he decided he was going to become an Actuarian (~1998) and his first PDA (a Palm m150) (~2000).
When my brother and I started really using computers and understood the magnificence of them, at least I changed my mind on that Printaform Computer. Although I had never seen it running, and it couldn't possibly fit in any of the bedrooms of our home, I always wanted to bring it to my house and keep it safe.
But I never could. An aunt (one of my dad's sisters, who in the 80s got pregnant and had a son, who became a f*****g jerk) decided that the old office rooms of my grandparent and my dad's company would work very well as the bedroom of his moronic son and her new office (as the working secretary of... I don't know really, and I couldn't care less). And one night, without telling anyone but my grandmother (the owner of the house) she finally sold the computer to a street vendor as scrap metal.
I have never forgiven my aunt for that, and probably never will. Nowadays, where once stood a proud but obsolete representative of a better time, now stands a hideous statue of St. Michael Archangel that that same aunt bought so her luck changed.
Ah... I know that that doesn't comply to this thread's subject (I never owned that computer, neither exists nowaday in my collection), but that is the oldest computer I had the pleasure to tinker with.
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Post subject: Re: Your olders computer Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:59 am
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Probably the oldest i have(that i own) is some generic-brand 200 MHz PC with windows 95...
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Post subject: Re: Your olders computer Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 3:10 pm
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At some point I had to 'specialize' when collecting computers, so I decided to set the rule that it has to be either "networked", "multi user", or "very special". The very special being a way out when I want the machine anyway
Therefore my oldest computers are not that old.
I guess it's either the Tekronix 4132 or the PDP11/73, which are both probably from the mid eighties.