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Watch A Brand New Web Soup Tonight!

If not for me or delightful web videos, then watch for the lovely Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) who will be hottening up the show with her presence.

A brand new Web Soup airs tonight at 8p ET, right after Attack of the Show on G4! Please keep watchin’ em so we can keep makin’ em!

RE: the above picture. This was taken at a Bowling Proprietor’s convention in Las Vegas in 1980. What a machine! I mean, DUAL 5″ FLOPPY DRIVES!!! Look at the concentration and intensity in my eyes…the gadget lust…this would spawn a long and tumultuous relationship with computers that would manifest itself through a purchase the following year of my very first terminal: a Radio Shack TRS-80 that barely booted up.

What was your first computer?


  • I wish I had a picture like that! I had a TI-99/4A! I din’t have a disk drive; I had a place for cartridges, and to save data, the computer used a cassette recorder. WTF?

    Anyway, my next computer was an Apple and I haven’t looked back.

  • I had a trash-80 too!! Actually, the first computer we had was an even earlier Radio Shack model — it had a silver case (very space age) and stored onto a cassette.

  • My first was a Commodore VIC-20. We added the external cassette drive later (couldn’t afford the external 5″ floppy) so we wouldn’t lose all our hard work inputting code when we turned the machine off.

  • My very first computer was some old IBM that my aunt used at CoreState bank. The monitor got burned in and voila, a fine paper weight for me! I could at least press the keyboard and pretend that HR was just dying for me to finish that TPS report.

    My first *working* computer was an AST 486 (big plus on the ‘working’ part!). I loved that thing.

  • My first computer was a Heathkit I made with my dad in the basement – it was a 16K with a tape drive, and I had to write all of the games in BASIC on my own. I played mainly random number guessing games. Later we upgraded and got it a 300 BAUD modem, so dad could connect with ARPAnet.

  • My dad was a computer programmer for AT&T so we were around computers a lot. He used to bring STACKS of the punch cards home and we used them make our own card set with them. Didn’t have our own computer at home for a LONG time (since Dad worked on them all day at work), but I remember our elementary school getting a couple of Apple IIe s. As one of the older kids in the Gifted program, we were trained to use the computers first – then they had US teach the 1st and 2nd graders how to use them.

  • Frakking awesome… my moment was in Sears with my Grandfather, getting a full Commodore 64 setup. He just got home from work at General Electric, he got a bonus from some stuff his department designed for the Space Shuttle.

  • A Vic-20. I believe I wrote the world’s first first person shooter, without the shooting part (ran out of memory just walking down a hallway) Very vector graphics looking, used the peek and poke commands with the built in sprites. Later a friend got the Commodore 64. WOW! Anyone remember Red Storm Rising? That was the pinnacle of Submarine games.

  • TRS-80 Model I, 4K RAM with Level I BASIC and a cassette tape drive. I bought it from the local radio shack with money I saved up from bussing tables. A couple of months later, I bought a 16K RAM upgrade kit from Godbout electronics and installed it (with my Dad’s help.) Thus began a long and storied career in geeky gadgetry.

  • The first computer I was ever exposed to was an Apple IIe, which was bought by my grandmother, because she thought it would be less of a pain than a typewriter. She never learned to operate it. Then, we got a Tandy 5000 with FOUR WHOLE COLORS ON THE SCREEN!! So very high tech!

    I still have my Apple IIe. I saved it from my brother, who was going to turn it into a fishtank.

  • Chris, I’ll watch tonight but you gotta promise me you’ll consider upping your caloric intake a bit, it makes me sad to look at you sometimes. Maybe a slice of pizza, or have someone drive you (don’t walk, it burns calories) to the Marie Callendar’s down the street from the Comcast offices for some pie.

    Pie is good. Maybe the turkey dinner, too. Extra mashed potatoes.

    McHale makes that network money from NBC, have him pay.

  • Coleco ADAM. D: I believe I got it for my birthday in 84, maybe. My parents had bought for a pretty good price from our next door neighbor because they had deemed it useless. I, on the other hand, thought it was the most amazing machine ever… I mean, Buck Rogers!!!!

  • Those 5″ floppy drives are pretty sweet!

    My first computer was a Tandy — one of the 1000’s, I think. I was three years old (in 1991) when my dad taught me how to use it. He had it set up so that when I typed in my name, it brought up a Sesame Street game. I’ve been hooked on computers ever since.

  • My first was also Vic 20- the cassette storage was called “datasette”. Next came the Commodore 64. It could do ANYTHING with only 64k- if you knew how to use it.

  • My first computer was a PC Didn’t-have-a-model-name! I still have it and I still use it to play old DOS games. It had not only a 3.5″ and 5″ floppy drive but also a CD-ROM that was, I believe 4x speed. OOOH-WEEE what a machine.

  • my first computer at home was a Commodore 64. i loved that it had a cartridge slot on the keyboard. we had the cassette drive and floppy drive peripherals as well. but my first computer memory was going to my dad’s office (he was a Sr Systems Analyist at a hospital) and writing letters to my great-grandmother, that he would then print out on the green/white-striped dot matrix paper. i love that paper. i still have some and i use it for drawings. :)

    oh, and my dad may actually still have the computer. he’s kept almost every computer we’ve owned since 1982, including a weird “portable” Tandy that was only slightly smaller than a guitar case. go, dad!