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Apple //c & //c+
Introduced in April of 1984, the Apple IIc was the first compact Apple II. It came in a small white case, and was built around an enhanced 65C02 processor, running at 1.4 MHz. It had 128 kB RAM, (expandable to 1 MB) a built-in 5.25" floppy drive on the side, and could be used with a mouse. The Apple IIc+ was introduced in 1988, with a 4 MHz 65C02, RAM expandable to over 1 MB, a larger ROM, and an optional internal 800 kB 3.5" drive. The Apple IIc+ was discontinued in November of 1990.

This was the computer I wanted to work my first job for - the one I was going to use to take over the world. (How? Haven't you folks ever watched Automan and Starman?)

I seem to remember a CompuServe Magazine (then called Online Today) article about a guy who rode a recumbent bike cross-country c. 1986, blogging from a //c that he charged from a solar panel, and dialing into CompuServe via a cellular modem. Does anyone remember (or better yet, does anyone have) this article?

My first computer was a TI 99-4a (16Kb RAM) that my parents got on my tenth birthday. The same day, we went to NYC (the only time I've ever been to the Big Apple) and my uncle made my parents exchange the TI two days later for an Atari 800 (64Kb RAM, built-in BASIC). I used TRS-80s ("trash eighties"), Apple ][e and later ][gs systems, Commodore 64s with their slick bitblt sprite systems; and I admired the Amiga and Coleco Adam from afar. But nothing quite matched the thrill of taking an audio cassette backup of a BASIC program and... playing it in a tape deck. *tronkie squee*

Sing it with me, now:
"Hey, hey, 16K!"

# It made a generation who can code... #

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Banazir

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yahvah
Jan. 27th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
My first computer was a Tandy Color Computer III:



It was technically my uncle's computer that he gave to me indefinitely. I ended up giving it back to him when I got my first 486 with a monochrome monitor. >_
banazir
Jan. 27th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)
Radio Shack!
Man, that takes me back. I only got to see the TRS-80 in action:


Actually, I think I even programmed one with an application to calculate one's weight on other planets of the solar system. 5th grade, 1983... I'd forgotten how much I love gray-text screens.

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Banazir
yahvah
Jan. 27th, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
Re: Radio Shack!
Oh man, I had a box full of tapes for that computer, but I never thought to play any of them in a tape deck. I can only imagine what it must've sounded like. :D
banazir
Jan. 27th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
Atari 600/800 and Tandy/TRS-80 "data" tapes
In a tape deck, they sound approximately like a nine-year old fangirl meeting Orlando Bloom for the first time.

KTHXBYE.

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Banazir
sahtyinepu
Jan. 27th, 2005 05:20 am (UTC)
Re: Atari 600/800 and Tandy/TRS-80 "data" tapes
SKAWEEEEEE! ORLI!

... wait, what? ;)
banazir
Jan. 27th, 2005 05:23 am (UTC)
Re: Atari 600/800 and Tandy/TRS-80 "data" tapes
SKAWEEEEEE! ORLI!
... wait, what? ;)

ROFL!
*waves merrily*
*points at earplugs*

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Banazir
penguinicity
Jan. 27th, 2005 04:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, I do remember the article about the bike guy blogging 20 years before blogging became cool. He had a heads up display and set up a weird key arrangement so that he could type with his hands on the handlebars. I thought it was some sort of Sun workstation he was typing on, though - didn't know it was a //c.
banazir
Jan. 27th, 2005 05:17 am (UTC)
Sun or //c?
I remember the thing about the typing!
Thad Starner does something similar with his wearables.

As for it being a Sun workstation - I don't remember. If it was a SPARC portable, it was still pretty small-profile. Come to think of it, he may have had two. I just remember him having only low-bandwidth dialup (1200 baud? 2400 bps?) and probably a 10Mb HD at most (more likely no HD at all).

That is what I call being ahead of your time!

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Banazir
mythrocks
Jan. 27th, 2005 06:25 am (UTC)
Re: Sun or //c?
Hello, banazir.

somehow, the biking / solar-powered-sparc / handlebar-keyboard all seem to ring a bell... from a long time ago.
Was this from 20 years ago? Did this chap happen to feature on "That's Incredible"?
spoothbrush
Jan. 27th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
heh. My first computer was also the TI 99-4a, when I was about... two? three? I played "identify the letter" games a lot, it was Muppetless interactive Sesame Street.
banazir
Jan. 29th, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC)
HUNT THE WUMPUS!!
YOU DIED

Before there was Peasant's Quest...

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Banazir
angharad
Jan. 28th, 2005 06:08 am (UTC)
My first computer was a TI 99-4a (16Kb RAM) that my parents got on my tenth birthday.

Me too! Except for the birthday part. We got ours for $49.99 when they were discontinued. It scarred me. I still think it's normal for a Wumpus board to be orthogonal. OTOH, I learned the word "zot".


*informs gragathaz of thread's existence*
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