|When the Commodore VIC-20 was introduced back in 1981, I was hooked on computers from that point forward. It was hard to imagine a machine that could crunch numbers faster than any calculator, write and edit letters without having to use an erasure or white-out, and create neat color graphics (sprites) on your television screen.
Wanting to get the most out of this computer, I started learning 6502 machine language and basic programming. It was soon apparent that the 5kb internal RAM in the VIC-20 was not sufficient for writing programs.
After purchasing a Commodore-64 in 1984 ($1,500), I finally had the right tool for learning computers. After all, it had 64kb of RAM and I could store my programs on a huge 180kb single-sided floppy diskette. I used this awesome computer to write a computer game called POWER POKER, which was later published in COMPUTE's Gazette Magazine in November 1985.
The computers in our house have evolved a great deal since those early Commodore days. Both Linda and I practically live on our machines for work, research, or just for the fun of it.
|DATE||MFGR||NOTES||CPU / SPEED||HD||RAM|
|1982||Commodore||VIC-20||6502A @ 1mhz||none||5kb|
|1984||Commodore||C-64||6510 @ 1mhz||none||64kb|
|1989||Commodore||PC-40 III||86286 @ 10mhz||40mb||1mb|
|1995||Royal Computers||Pentium 90 @ 90mhz||730mb||16mb|
|1997||EPS Technologies||laptop||Pentium II @ 233mhz||850mb||16mb|
|1998||Local Vendor||Pentium II MMX @ 233mhz||1.2gb + 1.8gb||64mb|
|2000||Local Vendor||Pentium III @ 450mhz||40gb + 12gb||384mb|
|2000||Local Vendor||Pentium III @ 550mhz||12gb||128mb|
|2002||Sony||laptop||Celeron @ 1.3ghz||20gb||256mb|
|2004||Local Vendor||Pentium 4 @ 2.0ghz||250gb||2.0gb|
|2006||Local Vendor||test machine - Win98se, W2k Server
Windows XP Pro, Linux Red Hat
|Athlon @ 1.3ghz||20gb||128mb|
|2008||Dell||Demension 4700||Pentium 4 @ 2.8ghz||250gb + 80gb||2.5gb|
|2009||Acer||Aspire One (netbook)
||Atom @ 1.6ghz||80gb||1gb|
|2010||Dell||Inspiron 560||Core 2 Quad @ 2.5ghz||650gb||4gb|
|2011||Dell||Inspiron 15R (laptop)||Core i3 @ 2.1ghz||500gb||4gb|