Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Evolution Of The Desktop

Evolution of the desktop.

My first that I actually owned? Win 3.1 on a 486 box circa 1994. What about you?

It's rather shocking that they haven't evolved more. I've always wondered what the next paradigm will be. Guess we will still be waiting for a while.

P.S. I said owned because I've been using computers since the Apple II / TRS-80 / Commodore 64 days. But back then because believe it or not, they were expensive (shocking!), I actually had to rely on the kindness of friends and school labs. And soon after the 486, I moved up to a Pentium 90 hertz and felt like I was hot as a snot rocket.


Garrett said...

I started with MS-DOS on the 8088 (around 1989, I believe) and that was it until about 1994, when my parents bought a Pentium 60. That thing was so fast. From there, it was a Pentium III 450 when I went off to school, and on to the current hodgepodge of parts.

The funny thing is that I was doing all my school work on the PC as soon as we had a printer. (Yes, tractor-fed dot matrix). I was the only one in my class from about 3rd through 8th grade who typed everything I could. Now, I'd imagine it's pretty commonplace.

Sara said...

We had the Tandy when I was in elementary school, I remember my mother wrote a math game in Basic that I used to play. Then when I was in middle school and high school my dad had one of the first early laptops that ran DOS. He took it to jobsites for estimating, and brought it home at night so that I could do papers for school and such. It weighed like 25 pounds and had a handle.

When I went off to college I inherited his second generation laptop (also still DOS, but smaller) and crappy dot matrix printer, which I had for 2 years until I convinced my parents I needed a real computer with Windows 95 and a real printer. I got a Packard Bell in fall of 1995 that I believe was a Pentium 85 Mhz, with a 14.4 modem. I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

Amber Rhea said...

Their screenshot from "Macintosh System 5" actually looks like GS/OS, which ran on the Apple IIgs. I don't believe there was ever an official Mac System 5 - or if there was, it was very short lived. (I used to know all this stuff like the back of my hand... what has happened to me?)

Anonymous said...

started on a simpson sinclair went with a cassette drive and believe it or not 16 kb of memory with the expansion on it. Next a IBM xt followed by an IBM at. That is still in use up in the hinterlands of canada because we attatched a digital camera to it in 1986 that is still easier to use than the present stuff. Than a 486 100 mhz that was the most rock stable platform I've had to date