4 comments on “My First Computer

  1. It’s great to see this detailed description. I remember that thing, and the next version of it, I think, and writing BASIC text adventures on one of them.

    I’ve been thinking lately about how crazy it is that now millions of people have computers that are also their phones, carried around in their pockets, and these are, in many ways, theoretically, at least, more powerful than anything that filled garages and warehouses 40 years ago…
    I guess maybe a few SF writers predicted something like that back then but did anyone think of applications like this?

    I guess I’m just barely old enough to think this is amazing…

  2. I remember the hours you spent in our basement in Marion working on this project…made me think you thought you were married to the computer instead of me! 🙂

  3. WOW! What an impressive engineering legacy Tom! Neat as a pin too!

    Gasp! Little wonder you are one of my most respected computer geeks!

    Thanks for sharing both the story and the photos. I had no idea you did this.

    And I am sure it was his comfort in your love and companionship that freed him to tinker on that thing, Jan! Behind every successful man . . . 😉

  4. dr. Dobb’s … or Running Light without Overbyte. Loved the name.
    I think I still have some around here someplace. (I save a lot of not so useful stuff.)


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