First off "Happy forth of July" To those who are celebrating it.
I remember a friend of mine with this box with several switches on it. I had to have one. I was in love with this machine. It was addicting to me. What was this thing a Computer. New word to me. but I had to have my own.My wife was really mad at me for buy this thing. I have no idea how many countless night I stayed up working or playing with that little box. It was a Cosmac Elf 1802
BOCES LIRICS PDP-10 running TOPS-10 Timesharing.
(Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, Long Island Regional Instructional Computing Service. A mainframe shared by several school districts, access via ASR33 and dial-in MODEMs. But it had EMAIL! In 1975! Trying to implement and propagate email led me on a merry chase that had pretty dramatic effects on where I am today. OTOH, mainframes and networking kept me distracted from microcontrollers (or even personal computers) for a long time.
The first PC I actually owned was an HP150 (MSDOS PC-sorta-compatible.)
Oh yeah, the AIM65! I still want one - we had them at work, for controlling various machinery in a fiber optic manufacturing plant. My favorite version had the FORTH chip in it. I still have the manual, but sadly not the machine.
1980 : TI 57p (50 steps programmable calculator)
1982 : Casio FX 702P (Basic programmable calculator) Still runing
1986 : IBM PC Clone (640k RAM, 2 360k Floppy, VGA display) Still runing (but really slow :o )
I tested Windows 1.0 with it !