Jeff's Computer Chronology
Ok, you asked for it. (Keep in mind that this conversation is banned in
some places (namely Carberry Technology,
and anywhere else in the presence of
just because of the number of times it's come up there. However I will
admit that I'm a complete rookie compared to the likes of
Aron Insinga or Rich Rosenbaum,
who have stories of paper tape machines you cranked by hand, walking uphill
on ice with barbed wire around their bare feet for traction, and having to
spin the electrons around atoms by hand back in the old days.
Laurie had a PC that originally came with Windows 95 - we now have that
running Linux . And we have two TiVos,
which do run linux, but probably don't count (as I'm sure my broken Palm III,
new Palm VIIx, and Laurie's Visor don't either). I do have an old Newton 110
lying around here somewhere.....
- Sinclair ZX-80. The machine had 1K of memory. (1024 bytes!!)
- Upgraded that ZX-80 with a chip to the ZX-81 (I had put a membrane
keyboard on top of the old one. Ugh. Horrible.
- Timex Sinclair 1000 - same thing, as a full ZX-81 but with 2K of memory
instead of 1.
- Vic 20. This had like 5K of memory, and
. However it only had 22 columns of text on the screen. It hurts me
to even try to remember what that was like. Don't even get me going about
the sounds the printer made.
- Apple ][+. 64K of memory. This had no lower-case. I applied the
"Shift-key modification" (wiring the Shift key to Paddle Input 3) which
allowed me to type in lowercase when using AE (ASCII Express), my telecomm
program. I used that to call BBS's like Xevious and DiversiDial(DDial).
- Macintosh Plus. This had a whole MEG of memory. Whooo. But, it was a
Mac. I eventually saved up and bought a 20 meg hard drive for it (because
originally, it didn't have a hard drive. I had one floppy for
telecomm, one for development, etc.
- Macintosh II. I eventually moved this up to 8 megs. Once again I was
at a stage where it being
was something new. I eventually bought a 105 meg hard drive for it, and later
an 80 meg external.
- PowerBook 140. I don't remember the stats on this too well, I'll fill
them in later if I get a chance. This is the only computer that I've ever
had that I sold. (I gave my Macintosh II to my
- PowerBook 160. I took the money from selling the PowerBook 140 and
bought this. I'll enter the stats later too if I get a chance.
- Power Macintosh 8100/80. I bought this to work on my final graphics
project for grad school: a ray tracer. It's got 32 megs of memory,
a 500 meg hard drive, and a 17" NEC MultiSync XE17 monitor.
- Laurie and I went to the MacWorld Expo in the year 2000, her first
MacWorld expo ever. We got a bunch of free tee shirts, G4 Cube posters,
etc, but wondered whether it had been worth going to New York for it
(the expo used to be in Boston). Two weeks later Laurie received email
(that she almost didn't read) from
dealnews.com, telling her that she'd
won the iMac DV Special Edition that she'd entered her mailing address on!
So, we have an iMac DV Special Edition!