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If not for me or delightful web videos, then watch for the lovely Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) who will be hottening up the show with her presence.

A brand new Web Soup airs tonight at 8p ET, right after Attack of the Show on G4! Please keep watchin’ em so we can keep makin’ em!

RE: the above picture. This was taken at a Bowling Proprietor’s convention in Las Vegas in 1980. What a machine! I mean, DUAL 5″ FLOPPY DRIVES!!! Look at the concentration and intensity in my eyes…the gadget lust…this would spawn a long and tumultuous relationship with computers that would manifest itself through a purchase the following year of my very first terminal: a Radio Shack TRS-80 that barely booted up.

What was your first computer?

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  • I had a TRS-80 also, we called it a TRaSh 80, and we had a sweet game called Parsec, which was a space game in which you navigate your ship through rocks and enemy rockets or something. This was the computer that I started programming in BASIC. I made a fine “Hello world!” program, which has served me fine to this day.

  • I too remember getting code from the computer magazines! I had forgotten all about that. We also used to write Mad Libs in BASIC using string variables; you know, what’s a noun, what’s an adjective etc and you’d end up with “Mary went to the TOILET and bought a BOOGER for five POOPS.”

  • I remember when I wanted to play a game that I didn’t have, I’d have to break out one of those magazines with BASIC source code in them, type it all into my Commodore, just to play it.

    The worst part of it all was that I didn’t have the cassette tape drive to save the program on… so I’d have to type it all in again if I wanted to play it next time.

    Those were good times, though…

  • My dad was a computer repair teacher at our local skill center. I remember our first computer had an amber and black screen and we attempted to get (text only) internet through CompuServe (awwww yeah! The OG CS muthatruckah!) We had the Jeopardy game on it and I believe it was the King Kong question that was wrong and it pissed me off!

    My dad insisted on continuing use of that computer up until it’s death in about 2002. Yes, 2002…RIP

    But my love for old compys is apparent in this drawing I did a few years back. SEXAY!

    http://twitpic.com/1ebwue

  • Ah, the Apple II E, the good old days before we worshiped Steve Jobs en masse…we’re still doing that right? Just let me check wikipedia on my Ipad before I post this.

  • The first computer I recall having in my house ran OS/2 Warp (i think). I remember it had this tabbed UI. I had some typing game on it. I remember when my dad bought our first soundblaster for our DOS box. It took him over an hour to get it working.

  • Do you remember a game on the TRS-80 that was a graphical (HA!) D&D sort of thing, where you typed in “a l” for “attack left”? I remember playing the game, vaguely, but cannot recall the name.

    Oh, and did you ever have a CP/M machine?

  • First computer bought in 1985 was a Commodore 64 with the C2N cassette drive, like so many others here. Between my friend and me, we had stacks and stacks of COMPUTE! magazines, and each month we would type in every program to see just how well it worked.

    I still remember when COMPUTE! came out with MLX, and all you had to do was enter numbers instead of BASIC commands to do the programming. It was SO much easier to avoid data entry mistakes, but it was incredibly boring to program that way, and I didn’t really learn how programming actually worked.

    I did eventually buy (well, it was bought FOR me) the 1541 5.25″ floppy drive and a Commodore dot matrix printer with NLQ capability. I even bought the Epyx Fast Load cartridge which REALLY decreased disk access time. That entire setup got me through 4 years of university!

    Summer Games, Incredible Mission, Jumpman, LodeRunner, Bruce Lee, and the Zork series were my games of choice. But my real computer passion back then was music. For me, the C64′s SID chip was the best part. I “found” a copy of Master Composer through a local CUG and I was well on my way to being the next Thomas Dolby, Howard Jones, or Harold Faltermeyer! Sadly, most of the time I ended up only taking existing songs and pieces of sheet music and entering them into the C64 to get my own 3-voice versions of them. I still had hours of fun, though!

  • Joel is going to spank you Chris. I love the old school pc mic BTW. Where did you find that? The dollar store or the salvation army? I think the show might be cutting back on its budget because of all the awesome graphics. LOL

  • The Compaq I portable! My mom had to telecommute because of a surgery and we kept the computer from her work. Around 1986? Played leisure suit larry on it!

    autoexec bitches!

  • Apple IIe! I remember the first assignment I ever wrote on it was about the book ‘Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh’, and I printed it out in glorious dotmatrix.

    Then I found Choplifter and I don’t think I used it for schoolwork much after that. :)

  • I had that same semi-intense look of anticipation and uncertainty whenever the SYSOP of the BBS I was connected to joined the session…like some kind of nerd-Jesus showing up during a D&D game…

    Nice bowling locker-cubes! Was everything design-oriented or graphical in the 80′s square for cryeye?!
    Memmm-o-ries…

  • Don’t remember what type I had. I do remember being very excited about getting one, and then the crushing wave of disappointment when I was told we weren’t getting internet access. Yay for five years of having a glorified typewriter!

  • In high school, I took the only computer class they offered, which involved working on a machine without a monitor! Then I dragged my feet on getting a home computer for 7 years and finally bought a Mac Plus. It was the only computer I owned from 1988 to 1998. It couldn’t even get on the web except via AOL!

  • Chris,
    While it’s cool to reminisce about the good things that happened in our childhood…I can’t help but think there’s something else going on there in the picture…under the surface…OH MY GOD… Look at that guy’s eyes!!!

    “Here, let me guide your hand, young man.”!!

    Run, little Chris, Run!!

  • I had a Commodore 64 that we played Jumpman on. Anyone remember that cartridge you would plug into the Atari 2600 that attached to a cassette tape and you could play games with more memory like some kind of Maze game and a Star Wars-style space shooter thing? What was that called?

  • All I remember is that it was black and it had Windows 95. And I was 7. I remember being so excited when my grandma got a computer because hers had Windows 98 and it was just “so much faster”.

  • The Apple ][+ in 1979, rockin’ the 64K memory (48K + the expansion card)! Applesoft & Integer BASIC, 6502 Assembly Language… Brings back fond memories. Not to mention the games! Snake Byte, Taxman, Star Blazer, Gorgon, Space Eggs, etc.

    Ahhh… Good times.

  • My first comp was a Tandy. It had dual 5” floppies as well and I could play a version of Dig Dug that was one color, green (and I fucking loved it !). :)

  • My first PC wasn’t until my 11th grade year in school and that was in the year 2004. Yeah, talk about “late to the party”. Shared PC with my younger sibling, which was in my siblings room.

    Though in elementary school “Lab Day” was always my favorite. Got to go into the “Computer Lab” (which was also the Art Lab more than 1/2 the time) and poke at our schools brand new Apples! I don’t remember to much, being about 7ish at the time, but the fact that the floppies were rather large and easy to destroy.

  • My first computer was a TRS-80, but I didn’t get it until the early 90s. I loved firing it up without a floppy in the drive. It loaded up the BASIC programming language, which I excelled at.

    I provide for you here, the source code to my first virus:

    10 print “Look at me run!”
    20 GOTO 10

  • Commodore-16 baby. Nothing like typing in code for 2 hours to only see a pair of lines do a wave for 4 seconds. Oh, to type “Go to” again. Nothing worse than typing in “End,” hitting enter, and then nothing happens because you missed some random number somewhere. Shit!

    Oh, and it had that awesome cassette desk. My first program that I wrote with the extreme help of my brother-in-law was called “Odie.” We asked Odie (from Garfield) prewritten questions to get stupid answers. So awesome at the time…so lame now.

  • I was remembering last night how my father and I used to pack up our C64, floppy drive, and small tv then go to a local computer club where they had drawers and drawers full of floppy disks.

    You would flip through a notebook listing all the games and programs then find the floppy with corresponding number in the drawers.

    You could copy as much as you wanted got a small fee. Load the disk, copy disk, load blank disk, write to disk

    I remember playing jumpman forever!!!!

  • My first computer was a Commodore VIC-20 and I was able to buy a datasette drive for it to save the hours of work I spent typing in the Basic code for games from a magazine I use to get. I also tried to write my own games and got a football simulation to work but it was all text. I also was able to get a Hayes 300 baud modem – had to listen for the pickup tone then quickly unplug the handset cord from the handset and plug into the modem cart. BBS’s were my friend then.

    I got to learn Basic on a Trash-80 Model I our Jr High had bought and you could use it during study hall.

  • First computer was the C64. Also had the “portable” version which weighs pretty much the same as the desktop and has a 3″ screen. Still have it and still use it on occasion when the mood strikes. Donating it to a museum soon, true story.

  • First puter was a 1985 Commodore 128 but it didn’t work so my parents took it back and got a 64. Still have it! Hoping it will be worth millions someday :)
    Load “*” ,8,1….wow that brings back some memories of the good ol’ days