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The Seasoned Mariner Amateur Computer Hardware Experience Donna's Tavern

Amateur Computer Hardware Experience

When I was in my mid teens, my father bought a Commodore 64. I used it for gaming and to kick-start my programming training.

My first personal computer, which I purchased in 1992, was an Amiga 500. The original computer had a 7MHz CPU, 512KB of RAM, a 3.5" floppy drive, and no hard drive. However, it had full stereo sound and video with over 7 million colors, which you could only get in a 386/486 based computer for about 10 times the cost of the Amiga. I upgraded the Amiga to a 40MHz CPU, 2MB of RAM, and a 1GB hard drive. I also added a second 3.5" floppy drive, and a 9600bps modem.

I bought my first Intel-based computer in 1998. It had a Pentium 200MHz CPU, 32MB of RAM, a 3.2GB hard drive, a 3.5" floppy drive, and a CD-ROM drive. I upgraded it to a 233MHz CPU, 128MB of RAM, a 40GB hard drive, and a CD-RW drive.

My next computer is one that I built from scratch in 2001. It had a Pentium 4 3GHz CPU, 256MB of RAM, a 40GB hard drive, a 3.5" floppy drive, a CD-RW drive, and a 32MB video card. It was later upgraded to 2GB of RAM, a 60GB primary hard drive, and a 250GB secondary hard drive, a DVD-RW drive, a 128MB video card, and a Wi-Fi card. I've had to replace a few parts over the years (video card, hard drive, and two power supplies), but it was still in use until my latest build.

In 2018 I built a new PC. Its primary use is as a file/backup/media server. It has an Intel Celeron dual core 2.9 GHz CPU, 8GB of RAM (updgraded to 32GB in March 2021), a 1TB primary hard drive, a 2TB secondary hard drive, an external DVD-RW drive, a wireless keyboard and mouse, a 24-inch monitor and a 22-inch monitor, and Windows 10.