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Friday, March 27, 2020

My First Home Computer: circa 1976


Okay, I'm bragging now. On the left is my first home computer. I got it in 1976. It was a PDP-11/34 with 32 KB of RAM memory, and the two washing-machine-size disk drives (the Darth Vader helmet that Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz gave me sits on them) were 5MB each. It was a 16-user RSTS time sharing system, and required me to install 220V power and a special air conditioner in my den. This is the system I used to run my electronics company and, later, my run for the U.S. Congress in 1978.

Interestingly, the two leather chairs in the foreground are the same chairs that sit in the Pirate Cottage today (see the photo above). Gosh, leather lasts a long time.

You know, back in the day, I wrote a realtime operating syystem in just 700-bytes of assembly language code. Those were the days my friends, those were the days.

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