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This was the first Mac in our house, the Mac XL, aka "Lisa in Mac clothing." It weighed 700 pounds. It's hard to be cute when you're 700 pounds. It was really the Mac 128k that I first fell in love with. My step-uncle left his overnight. I stayed up all night playing with MacPaint. It's the closest feeling to magic I'd ever experienced.

(Well... until I discovered the "magic in my pants.")

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It was the Apple IIe in our house. Played lots of Lode Runner on that thing. Did some "high res" x-y point-plotting graphics, and super-basic Applesoft coding. Wrote high school papers using an app called PenPal, which my dad bought it at Waldenbooks for $30.

Posted by: Chuck T at Mar 31, 2006 12:02:25 PM

oh yeah, the Apple //e was our main computer for quite awhile. i created a math program for my 6th grade science projects, first writing it out on pages and pages of notebook paper.

Strangely enough, the first time I remember hearing Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" was a crude audio sample played on a //e. Which was fairly mind-blowing... both because I'd never heard actual sampled music played through a computer, and because it was Led Zeppelin.

Posted by: chuck at Mar 31, 2006 1:57:50 PM

MacPaint! I would spend countless hours with it at my Dad's office...I think it was a 512. A few years later he switched to an IBM clone and I never really forgave him for it.

My first computer was a Commodore...I think a VIC 20... with an external cassette drive. It was so cool. I would pop a tape in to load a game, go have dinner, and it would be ready to play by dessert. Unfortunately, I'd have to turn it off so my Mom could watch "Dallas".

When I grew up I bought a Performa 550 and it was the love of my life for way longer than it should have been. That thing cost me like $1600!

Posted by: missbhavens at Mar 31, 2006 6:57:06 PM

i looooooved my VIC-20 with datacette (datasette?) and my C-64. Why, I grew up with them and cherished them. i have many stories, for another day. :-)

Posted by: chuck at Mar 31, 2006 9:52:15 PM

My lovable grandparents have a history of winning interesting things in raffles at Chamber of Commerce dinners. My favorites are:

1) A wheelbarrow full of liquor. Gramps sold the wheelbarrow to a guy in the parking lot on the way home, and they didn't buy hard liquor for years, being infrequent tipplers.

2) A Commodore computer, which I hooked up to their old, portable color TV. They had no other peripherals or software. Thus, they were confounded by what use this computer thing would be for them. I have no idea what happend to it.

Posted by: Chuck T at Apr 3, 2006 2:24:26 PM