My first 3 computers

I was looking around the ‘net today and found this cool site:


I had this computer in the 3rd grade, for about a month. We got sick of it quickly and got a Commodore 64 instead.

Commodore 64

This computer was the base of my entire existence, damn-near, from 1983 – 1986 or 1987, when I got the Amiga 500. I got the Amiga in 7th grade or 8th grade. I know it was at least 7th grade, as it came out in 1987, which ended 7th grade for me. I remember selling people in Jr. High Commodore 64 games, so I must have still had the C64 at least in 7th grade. Anyway, I had my own phone line when I was 9 or 10 years old and ran the Snakepit/Snakepyt BBS and went by the handle Diamond Back. I had the grandest time during this pioneering era of home computing. I repeat, GRAND and PIONEERING at the same time.

Commodore Amiga 500

Can we say “game changer” here? Amazing computer. Amazing possibilities. True multitasking operating system. Separate chips for Audio, Video, and I think memory controlling. Even swapped out the Motorola 68000 for a 68010 for a slight bump in performance. I remember buying the Commodore A590 hard drive for this thing. About $1000 and came with a 52MB Quantum SCSI hard drive. I can’t believe I spent this kind of money. I also spent about $500 on a US Robotics Couriest HST modem that got around 14000 baud when connected to another Courier HST modem. Man, those were the days. I could go on and on about this. The people I hung out with. The activities I thought about doing, day in, and day out.