Originally Posted by strollin
Welcome to the forum Andy!
All who have posted in this thread so far appear to be much younger than I am, I started out with an IBM PC with an 8086 cpu and a staggering 256K of RAM. That thing was amazing although it took longer to do it's memory count at startup then my current computer takes to boot to the desktop.
I think I started with similar things - and worked with machines that still used punch systems in some cases.
At the university I worked at, we still used MAG tape for backups, and for the "mainframe"' system which we had for quite a while before it was replaced by a BLINDINGLY fast server - think it was a 286 with 1024 MB memory and a hard drive that held 180 MB.
Brick drives, we called them, because they were the size and weight of them.
My father worked for WANG/ICL/IBM as an original programmer.
I just liked to play games when we went to visit (once a year). Asteroids, and things like that. Then one year (before he disappeared) he let me play Chuck Yeager's Flight School for hours and hours. I got really good.
I look at the graphics now and I think "how did I think it was SO AWESOME?" but back then it was.
A lot of my memory is gone, unfortunately, due to a head injury in a riding accident 11 years ago - so sometimes it takes someone else saying something to spark something coming back.
So, thanks for bringing back this memory!