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Comments on: Reminiscing: My Very First Computer - the Atari 800 http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/2009/02/20/reminiscing-my-very-first-computer-the-atari-800/ Amusing Stories and Mysteries from a World Hamstrung by Technology Fri, 03 Jul 2020 16:06:15 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.6 By: Lisa K Simone http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/2009/02/20/reminiscing-my-very-first-computer-the-atari-800/#comment-43 Lisa K Simone Thu, 26 Feb 2009 12:56:11 +0000 http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/?p=466#comment-43 Gordon - amazing how many folks learned on these early systems that fit many audiences - those who just wanted to code pictures in BASIC to those wanting to really muck with the guts and get immersed in the whole new embedded. I was stuck with the tape drive as well, and had a hard time in the beginning accepting that a device I was familiar with to record voices and play music could somehow tell a computer what to do. But now (laughing) computers do respond to voice commands! What forward-looking thinkers were we all! Gordon - amazing how many folks learned on these early systems that fit many audiences - those who just wanted to code pictures in BASIC to those wanting to really muck with the guts and get immersed in the whole new embedded. I was stuck with the tape drive as well, and had a hard time in the beginning accepting that a device I was familiar with to record voices and play music could somehow tell a computer what to do. But now (laughing) computers do respond to voice commands! What forward-looking thinkers were we all!

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By: Gordon J Milne http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/2009/02/20/reminiscing-my-very-first-computer-the-atari-800/#comment-42 Gordon J Milne Thu, 26 Feb 2009 09:40:13 +0000 http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/?p=466#comment-42 My first computer (mid teens) was a Sharp MZ-80K (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharp_MZ). That was what my school had. The first one I ever bought (late teens) was a Grundy NewBrain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grundy_NewBrain). I could only afford the model without the 16 element display. I never managed to save enough money to buy the floppy drive and was condemned to tape for its years of use. [Ed Note: Here's the Sharp MZ-80k] <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharp_MZ" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1f/Mz80k.jpg" width="200" align="center"></a> My first computer (mid teens) was a Sharp MZ-80K (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharp_MZ). That was what my school had.

The first one I ever bought (late teens) was a Grundy NewBrain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grundy_NewBrain). I could only afford the model without the 16 element display. I never managed to save enough money to buy the floppy drive and was condemned to tape for its years of use.

[Ed Note: Here's the Sharp MZ-80k]

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By: Lisa K Simone http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/2009/02/20/reminiscing-my-very-first-computer-the-atari-800/#comment-37 Lisa K Simone Wed, 25 Feb 2009 15:38:16 +0000 http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/?p=466#comment-37 I went through some experiments with keyboards for a while. Tried that whole split keyboard phenomenon, but quickly learned that my self-taught touch-typing skills involved a few finger-to-key combinations that happened to cross the Great Divide. I felt like a complete spaz trying to type! I also tried Dvorak as a distraction but quickly tired of the novelty. I am currently on a 95% full size keyboard that fits my hands well. And with my feline hair-under-the-keys issue, replacements cost $25 and can be installed in about 6 minutes. Thanks for sharing! I went through some experiments with keyboards for a while. Tried that whole split keyboard phenomenon, but quickly learned that my self-taught touch-typing skills involved a few finger-to-key combinations that happened to cross the Great Divide. I felt like a complete spaz trying to type! I also tried Dvorak as a distraction but quickly tired of the novelty. I am currently on a 95% full size keyboard that fits my hands well. And with my feline hair-under-the-keys issue, replacements cost $25 and can be installed in about 6 minutes.

Thanks for sharing!

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By: DGentry http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/2009/02/20/reminiscing-my-very-first-computer-the-atari-800/#comment-35 DGentry Wed, 25 Feb 2009 15:03:19 +0000 http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/?p=466#comment-35 Ah memories... my first computer was an Atari 400, similar to the 800 but with less memory and a _membrane_ keyboard. No key caps, just dimples of plastic which you had to smush. Surprisingly enough the adolescent version of me didn't care a bit about the computer keyboard, but the adult version of me is quite the keyboard snob. Ah memories… my first computer was an Atari 400, similar to the 800 but with less memory and a _membrane_ keyboard. No key caps, just dimples of plastic which you had to smush. Surprisingly enough the adolescent version of me didn’t care a bit about the computer keyboard, but the adult version of me is quite the keyboard snob.

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