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    So which classic computers have you owned? I never owned a VIC-20 or a Commodore 64, but I did own...

    Atari 400 (remember the membrane keyboard? What fun!
    One of the Atari XL computers...forget which one, maybe the 1200.
    Atari 1040 ST

    Kind of a puny list, I guess...

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    I grew up with the TI99/4a, which my dad still has, CIB, including the books and the tape recorder (and some tapes of programs typed in TI BASIC).

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    Actually, depending on the cut-date for classic computing, I can add that we also had a few old Macs: Mac SE/30, Mac IIcx (which died only a couple of years ago), Mac Quadra 650 (2 models, including one with a PowerPC card in it).

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    TRS-80 model 3 (which i learned the most on back in the early 80's)

    TRS-80 model 4
    TI-99/4A

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    I've an Atari 130 XE, an NEC Exec-mate, and an Apple ][ e which has been in my trunk for several months.

    I also have a Poqet PC, which my or may not be considered classic, but is pretty darn neat anyway.

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    I had a couple of Model 3's which I learned to program on. Dual 5.25 disk drives baby.

    I also have a lot of experience with Apple 2's, TRS80 Coco, and Commodore 64.
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    I have a nice collection of these things going. I'll try and start with the oldest:
    1. Apple ][+ (one of the first computers in our household...in 1993...)
    2. TRS-80 Color Computer (two of them; one with the original 'chicklet' keyboard, and another with a more-standard keyboard)
    3. VIC-20 ($2 flea market find)
    4. TI-99/4A (have a bunch of these, in both silver and beige)
    5. Timex-Sinclair 1000 (sorta works)
    6. Commodore 64 (took me awhile to get one that fully worked, but it was worth the wait!)
    7. Apple //e (the first computer I ever used...again, in 1993...)
    8. TRS-80 Color Computer 2 (did lots of BASIC programming on one of these)
    9. Coleco Adam (has a busted printer, but the unit itself works)
    10. TRS-80 Model 4 (yard sale find...and a heavy one at that!)
    11. Tandy model 102 (neat little laptop)
    12. Atari 800XL (updated version of the Atari 800)
    13. Commodore SX-64 (luggable version of the Commodore 64)
    14. Apple Lisa 2 (very rare...runs as a Mac, when it runs)
    15. PCjr (heavily modified by the previous owner)
    16. Tandy 1000SX (a PCjr clone)
    17. Apple //c (quasi-portable Apple //e)
    18. Commodore 128 (underrated little gem)
    19. Amiga 1000 (cool graphic OS)
    20. TRS-80 Color Computer 3 (last of the CoCo line)
    21. Commodore 128D (Commodore 128 and a floppy drive all in one box)
    22. Macintosh SE (neat little compact Mac)
    23. Commodore 64C (Commodore's longest-lasting product)
    24. Apple //gs (last of the Apple // line...mine has a warped case)
    25. Macintosh Classic (as seen in schools everywhere)
    26. Macintosh Classic II (ditto)
    27. Macintosh LC III (like the pizza box LC IIs I used in middle school, but not quite as crappy)

    As you can see, classic computers are a favorite subject of mine. Maybe I should set up a museum someday...
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    For my 8th birthday, I got an Atari 65XE from my grandfather. No disk drives -- not even a tape drive(!) -- but to me it was one of the greatest things ever. At the time I got it, the PC world was marching steadily into 16-bit computing, but I didn't care. I spent hours playing with it, typing in programs and learning how to write my own.

    Currently, I own a number of classic computers, since I actively collected them before concentrating on video games. Some of the highlights (though by no means exhaustive):

    - Commodore 64 and 128 with lots of *original* software
    - TRS 80 Model 100 (a battery powered portable PC)
    - Amiga 500 and 1000
    - Atari 520ST
    - Timex Sinclar 1000 (actually, I have about a dozen of these -- don't ask )
    - Apple IIe

    No Atari 65XE though. I'd actually like to pick a complete one up someday...

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    We were pretty much a CoCo household until we marched into the world of IBM/PCs.

    In order of acquisition:

    1. CoCo 1 (chiclet keyboard, factory upgraded to 16K with "Extended Color Basic")
    2. CoCo 2 with 64K(after Dad's buddy blew his CoCo 1 after upgrading the RAM)
    3. Timex Sinclair 1000 (garage sale buy-a curiosity purchase)
    4. TI 99-4a (for me, so I wouldn't hog the CoCo)
    5. TRS 80 Model 3 computer (given to my Dad by his boss, who thought it wasn't working but it did-user error, didn't use it much)
    6. CoCo 3 (for me: purchased it with my cash from work to be my main computer)

    After that we got into IBM PC compatibles.

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    My first computer was a Commodore 64. It was a hand-me-down, and it was significantly after the C64's time had come and gone. I still loved it.

    I got another hand-me-down soon after. It was one of the later Atari 8-bit computers, but I can't remember exactly which one.

    I eventually got an Amiga, yet another hand-me-down, and once again after its time had passed. Although I think Amiga wasn't quite officially dead yet when I got it, it was close. I loved it anyway.

    I didn't get an "IBM compatible" PC until people stopped using that phrase. My first Windows computer was a K62 450MHz with Windows 98. That computer is still around, in the possession of my mother, but I think it's finally on its way out. I don't plan on saving it; it's from that post-Quake era but has no 3D card, and it's hard to find old 3D cards. And it's not terribly easy to find games from that "late" era. I suppose it would be a good machine for DOS gaming, but meh.

    I've never had an Apple, Spectrum, Atari ST, Sinclair, TRS-80, TI, Vic-20, Adam (lol), Tandy, or anything else. Although I did use Apple ][gs's and Power Macs in school. Strangely, my schools never had Macintosh Classics.
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    When they were contemporary machines:

    -Timex-Sinclair 1000
    -Tandy MC-10
    -Commodore Amiga 500

    As a collector:
    Commodore: 64, 128, Vic-20, SX-64, plus/4, C-16, Amiga 1000
    Tandy: Models 100, 102, 200 and 600
    Atari: 1040ST, XE
    Compaq Portable II
    TI-49A
    HP? (No longer have this: I forget the model. But it had a printer built into the top of a touch screen CRT and ran CP/M for an OS)

    There have probably been more, but I've been at this for a while and it's easy to lose track.

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    Well I have the DOS box that I built, which is a 486 DX4/100 with 32 megs of RAM and a 1 gig hard drive, I have a boxed and barely used C64, and then I have my beloved Apples:

    1 Apple ][+
    1 Apple \\e with a bad power suppply that I need to replace
    2 Apple \\c+ computers
    1 Apple IIgs with Apple RGB monitor

    Plus tons of drives, peripherals, cards, joysticks, a monochrome Apple monitor, and disks for them.

    I found an Apple \\c at a thrift store last weekend, but I didnt grab it and I should have. I'll probably get it the next time I go over there. The guy keeps that kind of stuff stored away in a barn, so unless someone else asks for it specifically, it will still be there the next time I go.

    I would really like to pick up an Atari 800 as well, but I have never found one for a good price that came with a power supply.

    Sometimes I am really tempted to get rid of a shitload of my classic console gaming stuff and set up a couple of these computers and just collect for them instead.

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    The first computer our family ever owned was a Commodore 64 sold to us by a friend of my dads who used to crack games in the '80's. That 64 was the only computer we had until 1999, when my dad bought an iMac.

    2 Commodore 64s, both boxed (one the aformetioned 64, one given as a birthday gift)
    1 Commodore 64c "Test Pilot" package (64c, 1541ii, Joystick, and 5 games, $20 at a flea market)
    1 Commodore SX-64 (about $100 from an area computer recycler)
    1 TRS-80 III (needs DOS, in a combo deal with the IIc below for $15)
    1 Apple IIc (no power supply)
    2 Mattel Aquarius (w/ expander & printer on at a thrift, the other off eBay))
    1 Commodore 16 (no power supply, w/minty boxed tape drive, $10 at thrift)
    2 Macintosh SEs (one at an Apple auction, one here)
    1 Macintosh 128k (no OS , at a thrift for $10 w/ keyboard, mouse and printer )
    1 IBM P70 (thrift for $5)
    2 IBM PS/2 56 486SLC2's (bought from the police for a buck each)
    1 IBM PS/2 77 486DX (bought from the police, $1)
    1 Macintosh IIsi ($3 at a thrift)
    1 Macintosh Quadra 700 ($1 at an Apple auction)
    1 Powerbook 1400cs (free because a guy my dad worked with couldn't turn it on)
    1 Macintosh LCII ($2 at a thrift)
    1 Macintosh LCIII (free from a friend of my moms)

    Although I'm Really jealous of my brother. He works at a graphic design company that designs the cardboard boxes that products are shipped to grocery stores in. He's made friends with the tech guy at his work, and he constanly brings old Macintosh computers and accessories home. He's probably gotten like 30 or 40 computers from them, because it's cheaper for the guy to dump them on him then paying for disposal.

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    My first computer was an Apple II. My school used to have a computer class in the evening when I was in junior high where they would show you how to run and use different programs for the Apple II. It was mostly just an excuse to play games though.

    Later on, my uncle (he worked at the school) sold my parents a few of them plus the monitors and most of the copies of the Apple II software since they were starting to replace them with PCs. Both of the monitors were the old monochrome variety and the software was really old but I loved using them.

    One of my friends had one of the Atari computers, I don't know which one but it would be the second computer I used after the Apple II. After that, I really got into PCs.

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    Off the top of my head:

    - 3 Altair 8800 series computers (one 8800, one 8800a and one 8800b).
    - 2 Altair 680's
    - 2 Atari 400's
    - One each of Atari 800, 600 XL, 800 XL, 1200 XL, 65 XE and 130 XE.
    - 1 Atari 1040 ST
    - 1 Atari 1040 STE
    - A couple Apple ][e's
    - Two classic Macs
    - 1 Vic-20
    - 1 Commodore 64
    - 2 TS1000's

    The computers listed above are all in working order (the Atari ST's are a little flaky because the floppy drives need aligning). I have another half-dozen computers that are not working including an Altair 680, Altari 8800B and a couple Commodores. They're fixable (the Commodore, for example, needs a chip replaced) but I haven't taken the time to repair them yet.

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    Apple IIe & the Ti/99.

    I would like a Atari st though some day

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    C-64
    C-128
    Amiga 2000
    Apple IIc
    TRS-80 CoCo Model II
    A couple of different PC/XT clones, if those count

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    Classic Computers I've owned but no longer have:

    C64 with brown monochrome screen
    Some kind of Franklin (!) computer
    IBM 8088 clone
    Atari 130XE


    Classic Computers I still own:

    Atari 1200XL (my first computer!)
    Mac Plus

    I'd like to get an original Apple ][, but I just don't have the shelf space.

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    I own a C64 with all the cables, box, books, 5 1/4 drive, and monitor. I have some stuff from the Atari 400, Atari 800, and TI99. I also have a ton of 5 1/4 game for the C64 and DOS.

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    Hm ...

    TRS-80 Model III
    TRS-80 COCO
    Franklin Ace 1000 (Apple II compatible)
    Apple IIe
    Apple IIe (Black Bell and Howell Model)
    Apple IIc
    Commodore 64
    Commodore 128
    Commodore SX-64
    Commodore 16
    Commodore Plus 4
    Atari 800
    Amiga 500
    Amiga 1200
    TI-99/4A

    PC XT
    PC Jr
    PC 286/12
    PC 386 DX2/40
    PC 486/33
    PC 486/66
    PC 486/100

    I've got three or four Macs but I'm not sure what the models are. I've got a Mac Plus staring at my on my desk right now.

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    C=64 and Atari XE.
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