Gnomie AlexCrowley1995 asks: “What’s the oldest computer you own?”
Whether you’re a wise, old school veteran of the days when giant, sprawling supercomputers used punch cards or you’re a youthful whippersnapper who doesn’t remember floppy disks, CRT monitors, or the days before there was a World Wide Web, I think it’s safe to say that everyone reading this probably remembers (fondly or not) their first computer. Like many from my generation, mine was a Commodore 64 that was donated to a friend a few years ago; I’m told it still works just fine. Since then, I’ve had a pretty wide variety of PCs ranging from the stationary to the portable, and the laptop I currently use is about five years old.
In the video below, LockerGnome’s Chris Pirillo talks about the oldest computer he currently has in his possession.
“The oldest computer I have is a Toshiba notebook that I got as a review unit when I was co-authoring Online! The Book with John C. Dvorak. It still works; it’s an amazing machine — a business class machine — it had amazing speakers built in (I think Harman Kardons) and they sounded so rich and vibrant. But the thing I loved most about that notebook computer, beyond the fact that it stood the test of time (I got it, I think, in 2002), is that it has a screen resolution of 1600 x 1200 — on a notebook! On a portable machine! It’s a little on the heavier side with a plastic chassis, and it still works!”
What’s your oldest, still-functioning computer? What operating system does it run? Does it use formats no longer widely supported? Is it something that you use every day, or is it tucked away in the closet for emergency situations when your main system’s not being cooperative? Let us know in the comments!
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