My First Computer: The HP-85…What was yours?

Here is a photo of my first computer, the HP-85, HP’s first personal computer from 1980.  I remember playing games on it, writing BASIC code (I think it was that computer), putting in the cartridges, and re-filling the cash register printer with paper. What was your first computer? Comment below.

Hewlett-Packard-85 personal computer - 3/4 view.

Pulled from the HP web site:

The HP-85 personal computer was a totally self-contained, portable system for the technical professional or the beginning small-computer user. The HP-85 was based on an 8-bit microprocessor and combined an alphanumeric keyboard, CRT screen, thermal printer tape drive unit, user read/write memory and a ROM operating system in one portable package. It had 32K ROM and 16K RAM.

Click here for a quicktime VR tour of the computer.



5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by BC on January 21, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I got one of the Macintosh SE

    It was great for it’s day.


  2. Timex Sinclair 1000

    Bought through the mail and assembled in my living room with the help of my dad and a soldering iron. I’m still amazed at how much fun I could have wrting programs with a whopping 2K of ram and saving them to an audio cassette tape.

    It was worth every lawn I had to mow to buy it. 🙂


  3. Texas TI 99/4a. That was something like 27 years ago (was 10 at the time). Vivid memories of being sat in caravan somewhere in northern England with a computer mag hand-typing code into the machine to get a game to work.

    Was programming in BASIC till I was 16, sometimes wonder why I left all that behind.

    Nice blog BTW 🙂


  4. Apple IIe , WITH the 80 column card baby! And then my neighbors got an Apple II with a COLOR MONITOR. Ohmygod I was soooo jealous!


  5. Atari 2600 using VisiCalc, AtariWriter along with my daisy-wheel printer!


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