Mine was this baby, purchased in 1985 for £400 (a king’s ransom in them days):
The Amstrad CPC6128 had a 4MHz processor (in practice it ran at 3.3MHz), 128k of RAM and no hard drive. The operating system was Basic 1.0 and the video system allowed a maximum of 27 colours on screen at once. The disks were chunky, near-indestructible buggers with 178k of storage per side that looked like this:
It was a great little machine and was still working the last time I switched it on sometime in the late nineties. Many, many hours were spent as a kid playing Mindtrap, R-Type and Impossible Mission.
Anyone else have misty-eyed recollections of the 8-bit era?
The biggest selling PC of all time.
I got mine 2nd hand from a friend, and it used to overheat and shut down like clockwork after 42 minutes. Saving was a pretty big deal, but I was writing plays and screenplays on it, so I had an alarm clock set for like one minute before it would overheat, so I could save before I lost everything.
Came with Enchanted Forest…
I wasn’t an early convert. My college roommate in 1980-2 was a CIS major and he was always telling me how lame I was for majoring in English, because he bragged that computers would one day rule the world, so he’d be rolling in the dough. I swore I would never buy a computer and I meant it.
A few years later I owned a word processor, something like this, capable of remembering and erasing an entire line of text.
I bought my first computer in law school in 1988. My friend had an old one then that used these immense floppy disks (8 inch? 10 inch?).
I’ve still got a computer in my storage locker in California, that I bought about 13 years ago. I guess when I return to the States I can finally throw it away.
Manic Miner? Was that the same as Loderunner? I remember having that one.
I also remember the sheer and utter awesomeness of the very first Leisure Suit Larry game, but that was much later, on a far more sophisticated machine.