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    Default The first PC. Was it really that long ago?

    Wow, those machines were EXPENSIVE.
    IBM found a lever and a place to stand, and we were surely moved.
    It is just a bit of a shame they chose to stand on a pile of sand in a spot subject to strong tidal flows.
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    But do you know when the first programmable computer was built? It was a valve computer, it took up ten rooms of a house in Bletchly Park near London. It was used to decode the German Enigma signals in the Second World War and was instrumental in winning the war.
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    Default Re: The first PC. Was it really that long ago?

    I dunno, my first computer was $1900. So was second. So was 3rd. So was 4th....then I stopped buying them and started building/upgrading my own.

    The parts got more awesome and more configurable and prettier.
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    Default Re: The first PC. Was it really that long ago?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roscoe View Post
    But do you know when the first programmable computer was built? It was a valve computer, it took up ten rooms of a house in Bletchly Park near London. It was used to decode the German Enigma signals in the Second World War and was instrumental in winning the war.
    Yeah, Right.
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    Default Re: The first PC. Was it really that long ago?

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    Yeah, Right.
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    Default Re: The first PC. Was it really that long ago?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roscoe View Post
    first programmable computer .


    https://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000984.htm
    First programmable computer

    The Z1 was created by German Konrad Zuse in his parents' living room between 1936 and 1938. It is considered to be the first electro-mechanical binary programmable computer, and the first really functional modern computer.
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    Default Re: The first PC. Was it really that long ago?

    I got my first computer in about 1984. A Sanyo 555 with a green screen, two floppies, no HDD and 256K of RAM. It cost me about $NZ6000 !!! I was obviously earning far too much. It seems impossible these days but I achieved a huge amount on that primitive beast and I think I had more fun with it than with any machine I've owned since.
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    Default Re: The first PC. Was it really that long ago?

    Computers in the 80s were expensive right. IBM lost its own market in a world they standardised. The costs literally went down and down with IBMs trend.

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    Default Re: The first PC. Was it really that long ago?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    I got my first computer in about 1984. It cost me about $NZ6000 !!! .
    Really? It was 1900 for C64, 1984 $1900 for A500 1985, $2200 for A2000, 1991 or thereabouts
    Never spent more until I got into gaming PCs
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    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    Really? It was 1900 for C64, 1984 $1900 for A500 1985, $2200 for A2000, 1991 or thereabouts
    Never spent more until I got into gaming PCs
    You've made me think. I think you are right - it was $6000 after inflation, which would make it about $1900 at the time - still expensive though compared with today.
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