@krystal said in What was your first computer?:
Wow, I've never heard of that before... Is it related to anything else? Reminds me somewhat of a "grown up" professional take on the Spectrum +3. Hard to imagine now that Europe was once the most diverse and eclectic computer scene and world back in the day.
My first machine was an Atari 800XL which I absolutely loved, even though I got it when when next gen 16/32bit Amigas and STs where already out there (I got a second hand once as a Christmas present). It started a lifelong interest in programming and computers in general. Alas it got stolen when our house was burgled some years later, but it made me a fervent Atarian and I've still got an 800XL, STe and a TT030 now.
Schneider is a French company that continues to manufacture PC, they have a basic laptop of quite good quality for less than € 150 (Schneider SCL141CTP) in its range, although currently they are mainly dedicated to automation and industrial electronics.
I had a T/S 2068 for years; got a AERCO DOS and later upgraded to Larken DOS (as a ROM card that used my AERCO equipment). Wrote a letter to ZXComputing once about writing a recursive user-defined function - something you couldn't do on most other home computer BASICs.
The oldest computer I still have up and running is ZX Spectrum +2A which is a late model, made after Sinclair's computer business was acquired by Amstrad, but it's still pretty nice to have and it's as close to the original as I can get. I was using local Eastern European clone is the 90's - early 00's, equipped with Beta Disk interface / TR-DOS 5.04T
Here are a few pictures of my +2A. It's a 100% compatible with earlier games, but otherwise pretty nice. Even an integrated tape deck (datacorder) still works.
Started with IBM 1410 Autocoder in 1964, last used Cobol and Paradox. Also P/L1 and a few others, some not major. Most interesting project -converting a Limousine Rental Service quoting system from a TI calculator to an Amstrad PCW using DBase 2! (approx 1984).
In one sense, Acorn won. Updated versions of its CPU, the Acorn RISC Machine or ARM, are used in mobile electronics everywhere. Unfortunately I don't think we ever saw an Archimedes (or even a BBC Micro) "on this side of the pond".
Yes the RISC technology lives on to this very day from the cell phone to the raspberry pi. I believe Russia will be utilizing some ARM technology in its new in-house processors. I hope Russia can make a secure processor so we can get away from GCHQ and NSA spy chips from hell. The Micromen film was fun to watch and brought back fond memories. In my opinion the BBC Micro was trash but the Archimedes was a beast.
If you have high budget, go for i5 or i7 with graphic card (2 cores isn't enough for future); if you have medium budget, go Amd FX series with graphic card; other wise Amd APU with a high performance Ram is a good choice. But I think you should investigate to other part too like power supply, a good power supply save your bill very much (a good power supply can be with you over 10 years); a high grade mother board make your entire system run smooth and effective; a SSHD is good choice for HDD if you don't have a budget for a SSD. Keep balance your PC parts, a high performance Cpu/graphic card only can't bring full potential of your PC, like driving on off road with a F1 car.