Wednesday, March 20, 2013

PC or PoC: In Memorial - Mr. G's first PC

Many PCs have come and gone in my life but there are a few notable PCs that have been retired that I thought might be revisited. The first of which is the first PC I ever built myself.

They say you never forget your first. Well, I had - until I came across this photo:

This photo was taken in 1998 and on the floor (barely visible) is my original 486 DX4/100 running Windows 95. The mainboard was an AT with I just can't remember how many megabytes of memory. This PC did A LOT of things you wouldn't think a PC like this would be able to do. Such as:

  • I used this PC to do e-mail in Windows 3.11 back in 1995.
  • I did text to speech with Creative text to speech with some success.
  • I watched DVDs with a Creative DVD and DVD decoder card.
  • I watched TV - Yes I said TV - on this PC using a TV tuner card.
  • I downloaded music - over dialup.
  • I surfed the Internet before most people even knew what the Internet even was
  • I programmed software on this PC and taught myself Visual Basic
This PC is where it all started. Sadly, this PC was sold shortly after this picture was taken and I have never seen it since.


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