Do You Remember Your First Time Using A Computer?
My First Computer – TRS80
This was the computer I used on occasion that my parents had. I honestly don’t remember the computer too well except that I remember having to use DOS and it seemed easier to use the typewriter vs. this new Radio Shack computer. My parents bought it used and cost about the same as a decent new computer today. I didn’t realize that until I asked about it last week. The curiosity about the computer was all started by a tweet.
— Mayura De Silva (@MayuraDeSilva) July 24, 2012
This Tandy computer came out in the late 1970′s and were sold at Radio Shack. It was the first mass produced computer. There were over 3000 Radio Shack stores at the time selling them. The keyboard and monitor sold for around $600 according to Wikepedia. Radio shack sold over 200,000 of these computers during the products lifetime. Mostly small businesses and hobbyists had purchased them. My parents worked on updating voting lists and this was how they were able to keep the lists more up to date without pen and paper.
I do remember that the computer was a white on black display. You could not tell the difference between upper and lower case letters. I also remember typing up some papers for English class with the old Tandy. I still preferred the electric typewriter over it. It was easier to correct mistakes with the “paper” you used to erase images (before white out was invented). What was that paper called?
It is amazing to see how my parents adopted to the computer technology and at 84 and 85 still use their computers today. If I do not see an email for a day or two I know someone is not feeling well. My dad now has a laptop and uses excel to keep track of the records.
Do you remember what computer you first used and how old you were?