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IBM 7094 (pre 360) in 1968 at age 16. One JCL job card per day. Traded for unused cards of my classmates to learn Fortran.

On career track to be 3033 systems programmer in early 80's, and bought a Sinclair when they first came out, paying extra to have 8kb instead of 4kb, iirc.

Figured out how to poke bytes to do ASM for software divide. Still recall that C9=RET. You kids got it easy. <g>

Amazed at how fast a z80 was compared to Basic (at least 10,000x faster?). Dropped IBM big blue iron like a hot potato.

NEC 8086 with CPM-86 and pair of 8" floppies, early 80's.

Spent about $7000 in early 80's for S-100 Compupro with CPM-68000, also 8" floppies. Spent a bunch for 256kb ram and 2mb RamDisk. Upgraded to 10mb hard drive several years later for about $1000, iirc.

As I write, holding a 5 1/2" Miniscribe hard-drive with 8 platters, 40mb IIRC. Serial number 52609. Top removed so I can see the platters, 16 heads, etc. About 6 lbs.
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