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Hi,

My first computer was a Sharp computer with tape-drive, it was a cp/m machine.

I quickly sold it to buy an IBM compatible PC. I was able to change the 8086 CPU (running at an incredible 4.77MHz) for a super fast Nec V20 CPU running at 8MHz.

As a student I spend almost al the money I earned working in the weekends and holidays on this machine.
I bought an EGA monitor with 16 colors!! (Yes 16, not 16 million) before that I had an amber colored display (It was so much more interesting to call it amber than orange).

Than I bought my first (second hand) harddisk of an incredible 5Mb. It was the size of a shoe box and when you turned it on you could hear it slowly coming up to speed. It than made all kinds of clicking sounds before it would become idle. I think this process took about 30 seconds and I always had the feeling it would drain so much power that my mum would come up because the lights downstairs would dim. Of course this wasn't the case, but this harddrive made you feel as if it did. I bought it second hand for a couple of hundred US$ but when it was purchased new about 5 years earlier the first owner must have paid at least a couple of thousand dollars, they were very expansive in the beginning.

The disk drive was 360Kb (and that was double sided). These disks would cost about 3 to 5 US$ a piece.
And me and my friends would play Frogger or King's Quest.


I also purchased an additional 8087 co-processor for super fast math and a special memory board to upgrade the memory to an astonashing 1Mb (640KB for MS-DOS than some 128Kb got lost and an additional 256Kb as a really super fast memory drive).

Well I still had a lot of fun on with this machine and so did my friends. At my school, with some 600 students, I was the only one with a PC. Most kids had no computer and if they had a computer it would be a Commodore 64, Atari or Sinclair Spectrum.


I really liked MS-DOS and my keyboard was so much larger than that of a Sinclair Spectrum....


I learned BASIC and let the computer draw by calculations some nice looking pictures on the screen (in two colors so either black or white).

The EGA card had a resolution of 640 x 350 and before all these dots were calculated it took my computer about 10 minutes!!!


Later on I started selling computers and started my own computer store and after that I started programming.

So at the end I guess it was worth it.



Kind regards,




Clemens Linders
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