Community: Your first PC: Ah, memories...
DAILY Times recently asked its readers to share their earliest PC memories. Some people traced their PC roots back to the 1970s and others to a few months ago--but all the responses revealed a passion for the power of the personal computer. Many readers even acknowledged naming their beige boxes, like pets.
Here is a sampling of the responses, which have been edited but not fact-checked for the accuracy of model numbers or configurations.
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THE first time I got a chance to put an elaborate eye on a television like device was when I got enrolled in a local computer college on the wish and behest of my family. Interestingly, neither I got enthralled nor felt any strange feelings.
It was a 386 system recently introduced in the local market. Anyhow, if I sum up the whole sentiments in nutshell, I could easily articulate that computer remained unable to make me spell-bound.
Anyhow, when I embarked upon using it, I became exultant to observe its efficiency to treasure a lengthy documents, its storage capacity, its assistance in managing accounts, drawing, accessing to multi-faced information regarding different branches of knowledge around the world through internet. Since then, the computer system is my only tool to perform my daily work efficiently and communicate with the world out there. — Shahjahan, Lahore
IT was IBM 286 computer and my schoolmate was using it like hell. I had no clue what was he doing with the TV like thing and a key board similar to that of a typewriter.
I felt really proud when i touched the got my own IBM and was able to use on my own terms. Though I had no such knowledge but i managed to operate and show my friends and family that I am confidently using computers. Afterwards, i joined it as a profession and got the technical education from a computer institute far away from my residential area. I made the decision of taking computer sciences as major subject. At that time I was not aware of what is to follow. And now I feel that computer is like blood in my life. —Adeel Khan, Lahore
I was in college in 1988 when I got my first one: 8088 processor, 640K of RAM, 10MB hard drive, 3.5-inch and 5.25-inch floppies, Hercules monochrome graphics card with an amber-chrome monitor, running DOS 3.X. I remember it was a ‘turbo’ model that you could run at 4MHz or 8MHz. Wow, we’ve come a long way. But I still have fond memories of all that I could do with my first PC.
The very first computer I owned was an uupgraded system. I dont remember its name, but since that doesn't hold any fond memories, we shall bypass that one. —Noshad Ali, Lahore