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I got thinking today about the computers I've owned in the past, and I thought that this could be an interesting thread idea.

Post your systems (past and present) with their specs.

I'll start with my oldest.

1994 - No-name computer (Family PC)

486DX 33MHz - 8MB RAM - 300MB Hard Drive - Windows 3.11

This was a heap, but the first computer I ever had. Mom got it for my 5th birthday for $500, which, in retrospect wasn't too bad. Had it until 9/9/99 when the machine crashed for good. I shed a tear, even though the thing was 5 years old.

1995 - Apple Performa 5200CD (Mom's Computer)

75MHz PPC603 - 8MB RAM - 1.0GB Hard Drive - Mac OS 8 (When we replaced it)

This was my Mom's computer, and as such, I didn't get on it very much (Only if I was a really good boy would she let me go on the internet). She wasn't huge on Macs (and still isn't), but something about it made her want to buy it. To this day, the only Apple product my mom has purchased for herself. In 2001, my Mom bought a new family computer and donated this one to the Salvation Army. I wish she'd have kept it.

2000 - My first "Personal" computer

166MHz Pentium MMX - 48MB RAM - 1.2GB Hard Drive - Windows 98

My Uncle Drew helped me build this computer as a reward for doing well in school. I had been really interested in computers previously, and the only computer we had working at the time was my Mom's Performa, which she didn't let me use much, and since I wanted a computer of my own, as a reward for getting all A's one semester, I got this computer, which I used for YEARS.

2000 - My first laptop, the "Hackbox I"

386SX 25MHz - 4MB RAM - 480MB Hard Drive - Windows 3.11

Saved up my pennies and bought this one for $60 off of my friend to do BASIC programming on. Well worth the money, because this computer was exactly what I needed. No frills, black and white screen, great keyboard (The best laptop keyboard I've ever used, hands down), no built in mouse. For what it's worth, that may have been the only computer I LEARNED on because all I could do was program in BASIC on the darn thing.

2002 - My second and third laptop, the "HackBox II" and "HackBox III"

486DX2 50MHz - 32MB RAM - 500MB & 650MB Hard Drive - Windows 95 Plus!

My uncle managed to steal, urm, SAVE a few laptops from work that were being thrown out. He gave them to me, and I used them as my little travel computers for a few years (HackBox II until 2007, HackBox III until 2005 when it kinda erupted in flames on my lap.)

2003 - PowerMac G3 Blue & White

450MHz PowerPC G3 Processor - 256MB RAM - 20GB Hard Drive - Mac OS 9.2.2 (Later upgraded to 10.3 for about a month)

This computer was my baby, and if it still worked, I'd still be using it, sadly, the logic board went bad in 2006, and I didn't have the money to repair it, because I was saving up for a MacBook at the time. I had just installed 10.3 on it before it died. Got it as a gift from my Aunt. I wound up parting it out and using the money to help pay for the MacBook.

2006 - The reluctant PC

1.2GHz AMD Athlon (Overclocked to 1.33) - 512 MB RAM - 30GB Hard Drive - Windows 2000 Pro

After the G3 went belly up, I needed a computer to get me through my senior year of High School. I managed to snag the parts off of my buddy for $150, and I had an old ATX case just lying around, so I slapped it together and made do for an entire year. Ugh. Never again. Still have the thing too, mostly for when I need to upgrade my firmware on my phone (Because Motorola won't put out Mac friendly software).

2007 - MacBook Core2Duo "the HackBox IV"

2.0GHz Intel Core2Duo - 1GB RAM - 80GB Hard Drive - Mac OS X 10.5.1

My current computer, and the only one I use on a daily basis. Hoping that this one will last me a while, as I plan on upgrading it as need be.

Hopefully this proves to be an interesting thread.

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used a couple of my parents' computers up until my mid-20s, including an old mac classic and some junky compu-add clone.

in 97 (i think) i got my first:
dell dimension xps d300 with a PII 300 proc, matrox millenium video card, and i think it had 256 MB ram when i got it- running 95.
upgraded this thing a lot. it was a tank and served me well for 4 or 5 years, well into the time i got my next desktop.
i think when i got rid of it i had upgraded the thing to a gig of ram, running w2k, added a some 3d video card, a good soundblaster card, ethernet, dvd/cd-r drive, etc.

the next was a sony vaio desktop. can't remember the designation, but it had a 1.5G PIV proc, upgraded to a gig of ram, ran xp (might have possiibly come with 98) and had a nifty case.

then i went mobile. got my first laptop around 4-5 years ago.
HP pavillion 5000 series - 15" celeron proc (not sure of the speed now). gig of ram. my wife still uses this one.

a little over two years ago i got an HP pavillion zd8000 series - 17" with a full numberpad. sported a very hot and energy hungry 2G PIV proc. had a gig of ram and a "real" 3d video card. the video card melted itself after about a year, rendering the thing a very heavy 1000 dollar brick since i bought the thing at a bestbuy employee auction.

then i went mac again after all these years.
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Family Computers:
- Macintosh Classic (one of those old all-in-ones with the small b/w screen)
- Macintosh LC series

My computers:
- NEC laptop (1997)
- custom-built 400MHz P3 (1998)
- Dell Inspiron (2001
- Alienware Area 51 (2003)
- Macbook Pro (2006)

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1983:
Atari 2600 Game System
1985:
Commodore 64
1987:
Commodore 128
Atari 800XL
Atari 130XE modded with 512K RAM by me.
1989:
Atari 1040 ST
1990:
IBM homebuilt Clone 286-16Mhz
1991:
Amiga 500
1992:
Homebuilt 386-25Mhz
Homebuilt 386-DX33DX
Homebuilt 486 DX33Mhz
Homebuilt 486 DX2-66Mhz
Homebuilt 486 DX4-100Mhz
Amiga 2000 HD
1993:
Mac Plus with 4 Megs RAM and OS 6.0.7
Homebuilt Pentium 75Mhz
1994:
Amiga 3000
Homebuilt Pentium 133Mhz
Mac SE with 4Megs RAM and OS7
Homebuilt AMD K6 233Mhz
Mac Quadra 700 24Megs RAM OS8
Mac Powerbook 170
1995:
Homebuilt AMD K6/2-350Mhz
Homebuilt Intel Celeron 366Mhz overclocked to 450Mhz
1996-1999:
Homebuilt Intel P3 700Mhz Copermine system
Homebuilt Intel P3 Tualatin 1.42Ghz system
2000-2001:
PowerMac 8100 80Mhz 96Megs RAM OS8.6
PowerMac 8500 120 Mhz 128 Megs RAM OS 8.6
IBM Thinkpad 700 Pentium 233Mhz 512Megs RAM
Homebuilt AMD XP 2400 Plus system
2002-2004
PowerMac 7600 with Sonnet G3 400Mhz 192Megs RAM OS 9.1 & OSX 10.2 Jaguar
Homebuilt AMD 64 2800+ with 1GB RAM
IBM Thinkpad 700x Pentium 2 300Mhz 512Megs RAM
Compaq Intel P4 2.53Ghz with 2GB RAM XP Home SP2
PowerMac G3 B&W 350Mhz 512 Megs RAM
2005-2006:
PowerMac G4 Yikes 350 Mhz G4 512 Megs RAM 10.2 Jaguar
PowerMac G4 Sawtooth 500Mhz 1GB RAM OSX 10.3 Panther
Mac Mini 1.25Ghz 1GB RAM OSX 10.4 Tiger
Homebuilt AMD 64 3800+ 939 with 2GB Dual Channel RAM XP Pro SP2
IBM Thinkpad 600X P3 533Mhz
PowerMac G4 Digital Audio 1.8Ghz G4 1.5GB RAM
iMac G5 2.1Ghz iSight with 1.5GB RAM OSX 10.4 Tiger (Now 10.5)
iBook G4 1.33Ghz 1GB RAM OSX 10.4 Tiger (Now 10.5)
Mac Mini Core Duo 1.66Ghz Intel 1GB RAM 10.5.1

There are others but that is the basics. Hard to remember dates I did all this!
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1996 (5 ys-old)
Gateway... (Family PC>My PC 2001) (Thrown away 2003)
1999/2000
Dell Dimension 4300 (Family PC>My PC 2005/Present)
2004
Dell Laptop 17"... (Family PC) (Donated 2006)
2006
Powerbook G4 15" 867 MHz (2003-2006 Brother's>My Laptop 2006/Present)
2009
Macbook Pro 15"... (or other top end mac laptop>College)

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1996: PowerComputing PowerCenter 150 desktop model (Mac clone)

2001: G3 Grape iMac 266MHz

2002: G4 iMac 800MHz 17" WideScreen SuperDrive

2006: iMac G5 2.1GHz 20" SuperDrive
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Commodore PET (got it used from my old highschool)
Commodore Vic 20
Atari 800 XL
Some generic 286 DX

Toshiba Sattalite 386 Laptop (black and white screen/60 MB hd and heavy as all ****)

Some Compaq Athalon K5 (7?) running windows 98se and eventually running what ever linux distro i thought was cool at the time

a whole list of p90 and pII generic computers (some I built, some given to me from work usually running Slackware or Debian)
Ibm ThinkPad R30 I believe running Ubuntu Linux

12" iBook G4
14" iBook G4 running Ubuntu Linux
15" MBP
Compaq EVO running Ubuntu Linux
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1992/3
Can I claim my Amstrad CPC 64 as my first computer? If so then I got that around 92/93 - pretty rubbish but I liked tinkering with the basic programming language at the time and managed to get it to do some pretty funky stuff - back then it looked good - now it wouldn't touch your average screen saver

Had this beast till about 1995 when I guess I finally realised it was poo and wasn't worth a thing - I can't remember what happened to it.

1996/7
Next computer and my first PC - Olivetti Envision P75 with it's Intel Pentium 75Mhz processor and a massive 1.2GB Hard Drive - I still remember standing at the bus stop with my friend at the time and saying 'it's only got a 1.2GB drive...' and his reply; "You'll never fill that"

This cute little machine was all black, came with a remote control and wireless keyboard with built in trackball - batteries lasted about 2-3 hours and it would miss letters if someone walked in front of you! Oh and Windows 95 as well

1998 ish
A year later I went for a computer by Hi-Grade (check out their logo) - a Cyrix 166 powered monster as I recall.

1999
I had built a computer by this time - can't remember the details but as I remember it - I bought components from at least 5 different mail-order companies to get the best price - was pretty nervous during that first build but ended up with a pretty swift computer for less than the mail-order companies were selling at the time.

1999 ish
This was the year I sprang for my first Laptop - a Pico something or other - massive, heavy - didn't even have on board network! Windows 98 was the OS of choice Came with 2 batteries - one NiMH (I think) and one LiON - both together they'd prob not last as long as my MacBook now!

2000
Built a new - pretty decent computer thanks to my student loan

2001
Continued to upgrade my PC from the previous year but also traded my Pico Laptop in for a HP OmniBook Xe2 - which is stil kicking around some-where - mainly used by my young nephew when he's at my house.

2002
Another home-built PC - Windows XP Pro the OS of choice now

2003
Upgrades to above PC AND A new HP laptop - this time a HP Pavilion ZE5604 - possibly the chunkiest looking laptop I've ever bought! Heavy - not too good to look at - slow processor and fans that sounded like a tractor! Windows XP Home on this brick!

2004
Previously I'd dabbled in Linux duel boots - it was about 2004 that I went all Linux - for a little while at least - Had 1 PC (above) 1 Laptop (above) and built another really cheap PC as a Linux server as well.

2006 ish
Upgrades to my main PC - a move back to Windows XP on this one so that I could get back into PC gaming - too much time on my hands...

Sold my Linux server and HP Pavilion to start raising funds for my MacBook.

Feb 2007
Purchased my MacBook - best computer I've ever bought! Tiger was the OS of choice.

Also in 2007 I sold my other PC to go towards the Vista fund. I built a pretty good looking, fairly powerful and energy efficient PC to run Vista Home Premium on.

BUT between selling my other PC and building this one I'd become completely reliant on my MacBook and once the Vista machine was ready I hardly used it - so I sold that to my sister and bought an Xbox 360 instead

2008
Waiting for a metal MacBook or 13" MacBook Pro

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In 98', I started with a WebTV, if that counts.

In 99', I bought a HP Pavilion, with a Celeron, 10 GB HDD, windows 98, and 32 Megs RAM. I still have this, and it still works. I just don't know what to do with it.

In 06' I bought a dell. It was a $1000 piece of junk. I had all kinds of problems with it. Tec support sucked, the people in India could not speak English, and they didn't know any more about computers than I did. I felt relieved when the motherboard failed last spring.

In 07', I went to the Apple store and bought my iMac. Except for the mouse, I have not had any problems. Tec support has been great dealing with my ignorance with OSX.
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1991 LC 160MB HDD and 8MB RAM!
1994 Performa 8600
1998 Performa5200PPC
2001 Performa 5500/250 Directors Special
Apple Laptop 1400
2002 Dell Latitude Pentium III 600MHz.
2003 iMac G3 350 slot loader Just Loved those all in ones
2004 Dell Latitude Pentium IV 2.0GHz
2005 Gigabit Ethernet Power Mac 500MHz DP
2006 Upgraded to 1.3GHz with CPU upgrade
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In the beginning, there was

Amiga 500

lack of software and waning support forced an early retirement of the (good for its time) Amiga.

Then came the series of Intel clones, starting with

486 DX33 - this sucker cost about as much then as my Mac Pro did
there were a couple of upgrades to this machine -- DX2 100 processor and some memory. It lasted a good long while before being replaced by

Dell Dimension Pentium something or other, don't really remember. This one lasted a few years as well, then I got into building my own, beginning with

Some AMD piece of crap that always crashed. I was in the military at the time and couldn't afford the best of parts. I found out quickly that cheap was not good.

Dell Inspiron 7000
- PIII 333 if I remember correctly. This lasted about 4 years before petering out.

Dual Processor 500Mhz Pentium III - what a pain in the butt this one was to set-up. The Tyan motherboard was problematic and I ended-up sending it back for replacement due to a bad processor socket. This one lasted a few years.

Dell Inspiron 5100
- still works, but the DVD drive no longer reads media so it sits in the corner gathering dust.

Another AMD machine, but this one was much better. Processor was wicked fast and more RAM than I needed. I was probably running Windows 95 or 98 at the time, can't really remember. I planned ahead and was able to extend the life a few times by upgrading to faster processors, more RAM and multiple hard drives. This machine is still in service running a Linux Ubuntu server.

iMac "Blue Bondi" - the only computer I purchased used ($100). I was wanting to try Mac. When I bought this, Apple had already announced it's plans to move to Intel. I only used it a month or two before deciding that there was enough good software out there to make the move. Sadly, I pooched something on it and didn't have recovery disks so I loaded Linux on it . This one has also been relegated to the corner.

Black MacBook (specs in sig) - Shortly after Apple came-out with the Intel Macs, I ordered one. The learning curve wasn't as bad as I thought it would be (you can teach an old dog new tricks -- as proven by Mythbusters) and my last homemade desktop machine became an Ubuntu server.

Mac Pro (specs in sig) - after (finally) graduating college I decided to treat myself to the latest and greatest Mac Pro. This machine is just about 8 months old and I've been running Leopard exclusively since shortly after Christmas. This is definitely more machine that I need but it's fun being able to run multiple VM instances of different OS's while listening to music in iTunes and processing photos without experiencing any slowdowns!! I'm hoping for about 7-9 years of useful life out of this machine after which I'll downsize to a single laptop, hopefully a MacBook Pro if the current lineup still exists.
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No brand custom computer (1999)
I received it as a gift from some family friends. I don't remember the exact specs as i was pretty young and it didn't really interest me. Lasted about a year since i received a newer computer from my uncle who had recently upgraded.

Emachines computer (2000)
Pretty good computer running windows 98.

Emachines [First computer i actually bought] (around 2002)
I bought my first computer it was an emachines 1.8 ghz with 512 ram and an 80 gig hard drive running windows xp. Pretty darn good computer and it was the one that i initially learned web design. The hardrive eventually crashed on me, and so i salvaged some parts and sold them to some friends of mine.

HP Pavilion desktop [8th Graduation present from the grandparents] (2005 ish)

Great computer which i still have to this day
. 3400 AMD athlon 64 processor with 512mb ram and 200 gig hard drive. To this day the longest lasting computer i have ever had.

Macbook intel core 2 duo processor with 1 gig ram and 120 gig hardrive January 2008 [
My most recent purchase, my beautiful white macbook. Pretty much my primary computer, use it for everything - web design, graphic design etc.
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Ist computer: circa 1993
AST 486 66 Mhz PC running Windows 3.11 and OS2 Warp. Used Sun workstations and macs at college and wanted to find out about PCs. Hated the thing - Windows 3.11 was horrible and OS2 was nice but there wasn't any software for it. Something on it broke so I took it back to the store, where gathering dust in the corner was......

1994 An Apple LC475 with a 25Mhz chip and 16 meg of Ram. One of the finest computers I have owned despite its complete lack of upgradability. I would be amazed today just how much I managed to fit on its 40 meg hard drive. It eventually died a year after I overclocked it to a dizzying 33 Mhz

Circa 1997 - Apple pulled the plug on the mac clones and inventory was being sold off. Bought a Umax C600 from the states. It had 64 meg of ram and a 180 mhz 603e processor. It eventually got a CD burner, two drives and 144 meg of Ram. about 1999 it got a Sonnet G3 card to give it 350 Mhz of extra power. Gave it away about 3 years ago

About 1999 got a pentium 2 desktop that was being thrown out at work. Kept it as my link to the PC world. Ran windows 98 and a few games. Gave it away about 2003

About 2000 got a Powerbook 1400 117 Mhz PowerPC 603e from work. The battery lasted about half an hour but I kept it as a spare for a while before giving it away to an old guy in the VW club who wanted to have a go at computers

Also around 2001 bought a non descript pentium Portable second hand. Was OK but basically a pile of poo that broke down after a year

Around 2003 I bought my current mac, a quicksilver G4 with a 733 Mhz processor and 1 gig of ram. Its been a great machine and the first to take the plunge to OS X back when panther was king. Now has two internal hard drives and a pioneer DVD burner.

This year I hope to go Intel with a Macbook, but will keep the faithful G4
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486 sx 16 1 meg ram 40 meg HDD windows 3.1 which became 2 meg ram and double spaced HDD then 4 meg ram (when ram was more that $100 per meg!!)
Then I built various windows based machines myself with Pentium 1, 2, 3 chips.
My fondest memory was going to the computer market and buy a Western Digtal 340 HDD and my friend saying "wow, why would you want such a big HDD. You'll never use all that space!"
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