Recently, I was documenting a support dialog in a program (I know, fascinating stuff). There was a field for the export path, and the default option was “A:” — which got me thinking that there are probably several people who’ve used this program for years without knowing what the A: drive was.
I not only remember the A: drive — the 3.5″ floppy — but I remember having tons of disks for the B: drive. Those disks, 5.25″ square, held an amazing 360 KB of data. Or about 1/10th of an MP3.
The first time we had a PC in our home was 1991. It was a Packard Bell Legend 416 SX (sadly, I remembered this without having to look it up) and it had a huge 85 MB hard drive. While doing some research on the machine today, I find that the general memories of the online community are not favorable where that particular PC is concerned. But to me, at the time I had it, it was amazing.
Not for any real, productive reason — it just allowed me to play video games like Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe and, regrettably, Targhan.
That screenshot above is how I remember 95% of that game — walking around a forest, holding a sword (but not doing anything with the sword). Also, I kind of sucked at the game.
But sword-owning simulators aside, that old computer was extremely important to my development. It introduced me to the idea of the technologies that I would spend the rest of my life using on a daily basis, and sparked an interest in science and tech.
Also, Bard’s Tale was pretty sweet.
What was your first computer, folks? What was the thing that sparked your interest in technology, in machines, in the future?
Please tell me it wasn’t Targhan.