The Evolution of Computers in the Bleser Household

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.

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