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It was really exciting when I loaded GEOS on it, a graphical OS that our esteemed Mr. Tabke had a hand in.
First computer hacked (back when hacking was an art) - CDC-6400 Mainframe.
Reason for hack: Dalhousie University had a no game policy (including programming games). I just came from Mcmaster University where game development was encourage, as it taught students the finer points of programing while giving the students some motivation.
The system admin disabled my computer account for a week, so of course, revenge was in order.
First personal computer TI-99/4
First softwarehacked - Jet set willy! Altered the room lay outs to make it easier to play then found that I could adventure games and find their entire vocab and some had hints and secret messages in them.
They were the days, men were men and sheep ran scared.
A 386 from Gateway 2000
Timex Sinclair (The one with no power switch - the power jack eventually wore out, so I took the machine apart to see all the pretty chips).
Oh, and I had an Atari 2600 that my cousin donated. As I recall, it ran BASIC, so I guess it counts as a computer.
1985, I was almost 30 and started college. Bought a TRS CoCo 2, tape drive, multi-port, the works. Upgraded to the coco 3, 5" floppy. Learned basic and extended basic. Belonged to a pre-internet internet called Delphi Network. We had email, forums, program upload and download sharing. Paid about $1400 for everything, threw it in the trash 6 years ago. Worthless.
During the packing I found it among a pile of boxes. Gave it a new home.
[edited by: snowman at 10:16 pm (utc) on Jan. 26, 2005]
Oh, that's actually a chronological order. In retrospect, I must have given my parents a hard time in my teens...
The funny thing is that my grandfather still uses the Apple IIc and the dot matrix imagewriter. He keeps track of his medical history on 5.25" floppies and prints it out.
They have a brand new computer with all of the bells and whistles and even a broadband connection, but he refuses to use it. Too complicated I guess.
Could seldom pass up printing "TRASH-80" in an endless loop whenever visiting a radio shack.
I was very fluent on the Apple IIe in high school... could program in 6 or 7 languages. Graduated and moved out, by the time I got into computers again (286 era) those skills were worthless. Anyone remember the Beagle Bros. 2-liners? Amazing how much complex action can be coaxed from 2 lines of BASIC. Now there is so much computing power out there that brute force wins out over elegance/efficiency every time it seems.
I loved that machine, probabaly just because the keyboard was heavy and had a click to it (felt like a real keyboard)
I still have two of these keyboards in regular use. They are awesome! A few years ago, one was defective so I called IBM and asked about repair and/or spare parts. It turns out they are STILL available for sale, at ~$250 a piece. A repair would have cost ~$200 (and the rep told me that this would actually mean I get a new keyboard).
I thanked them very much and took it apart myself, cleaned the pcb-board with electronic solvent fluid and put all the mechanical parts in the dishwasher (no kidding). Put it back together - and it worked!
I guess I will still use the same keyboards in 10 years time - at least as long as computers have a PS/2 connector or any kind of adapter.