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Geek Out: When Did You Get Your First Computer?

Most of my friends and I inherited a parent or family member's clunky and chunky desktop as our first computer, but a lot has happened in the past 20 years. Many schools expect kids to use a computer for homework in grade school — if not younger — so it's become more and more common for families to throw down for pricey machines, or iPads if you're lucky like Suri Cruise.

I want to know: How old were you and what year was it when you got your very own computer?

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henderson1026 henderson1026 6 years
I had a DOS (is that right?) hand-me-down from Grandpa when I was 4 that I played Reader Rabbit on, first family PC was when I was 10 and I bought my own computer when I went off to college.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
My first "brand new" computer was a HP laptop with the new-at-the-time Windows 2000 and I was 11 years old. I was through the roof with excitement considering I had been using an inherited Packard Bell Monitor+Tower+Speakers circa 1996. That was an upgrade all right. :P
hautepink hautepink 7 years
I always used Apple in school but I got a PC from COMPUSA when I was 12. My dad was super stoked about getting that Compaq and I was excited to have my own AOL account to be able to chat chat chat, but alas, not all my friends had an amazing machine like me! Sense the Sarcasm? My first Apple was a 15 inch Powerbook G4, and I still have, i don't use it, but I have a serious relationship with it. I try to regard this as my first machine because i loved it so much.
phatE phatE 7 years
should clarify- my family has always had one, but i got my own in 7th grade :)
phatE phatE 7 years
i don't remember not having a computer.. i got my own when i was in 7th grade - it was one of those imacs that came in different colors.. ha
eetzel eetzel 7 years
I got the Radio Shack version of the Commodor 64 in 82 or 83. It was only a 32 not a 64. I was 15 or so.
millarci millarci 7 years
I got my very own computer when I went off to college (at age 20). It was a Mac Power G4 with a 12" (yes I said 12") flat screen. Growing up, I used the family computer which was an old commodore and then we got a compaq.
BellaVida12 BellaVida12 7 years
my first computer ...i was 12. it was an old desk top
witchbaby witchbaby 7 years
1997, I was 11. It was a gateway huge tower, with I think a 2 gb hard drive. I know it was for sure under 5gb.
bsanf3 bsanf3 7 years
In 1983 a Commodore 64, but used computers earlier then that
fidlet fidlet 7 years
I was 8 or 9, and I got a Commodore VIC20...then a year or so later I got the Commodore 64, which I used until I was 15. It was such an AWESOME computer...I played some mad Ultima games on that baby!
aniline aniline 7 years
@JessiLee99 - OMG I loved our dot matrix printer! It was soooo loud and screechy. I loved tearing the sides off of the paper though. I made pictures & stories with this program called KidWriter.
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 7 years
13 :)
Sanveann Sanveann 7 years
I was 9, it was 1985, and the computer was a Commodore 128. My geekdom started early! :)
JessiLee99 JessiLee99 7 years
I had an IBM PC Jr., and it was 1984. I was 3, and my favorite programs were face maker, and and some variation of paint shop where I made scribbles in pretty colors, and printed them out on the dot matrix printer. It was awesome.
Sarabear Sarabear 7 years
I got my first computer around my junior year in high school. Bought myself my first laptop when I was a junior in college.
Morokea Morokea 7 years
We always had a "family" computer, but when I was 8 (in 1998) I got one of those newfangled iMacs that had just come out. I've had Macs ever since then - that was my first and only desktop though. I learned SO MUCH on the internet, and I really do mean good stuff. :)
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 7 years
i was about six when i started using the family apple. i got my own laptop a couple months before i started uni in 2001.
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