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I was talking to one of the kids I work with (I think he’s like 25 or something) and we were talking about the first computers we ever used.
The first time I ever saw a computer in real life was probably in 1985 or 1986. I was in first grade. They brought it in. They explained this would be the computer for the class room. They showed us how to boot it up (with a 5 inch floppy). The program that it ran was what I found our many years later to be some kind of CADD. It had a little triangle called a “turtle” and it could draw lines. If you wanted it to turn one way you typed in a 90. Which I thought at the time was an odd code that I should probably write down.
I didn’t need to worry about it because that was the last time I ever got close to that computer. If it got used again that year, it certainly wasn’t by me and I don’t remember it.
But that was my first computer and my first computer experiance. We have a huge diversity of people here, so I thought we might have an interesting discussion about this. What was your first computer experiance? When was it? What was the computer? (The Wikipedia has great links to computer systems with pictures.) Tell us about it.