I first started on the good old Apple IIE, but that was at my school. I then moved ...um...up? down?....I moved over to the Tandy 1000 8088 with 640k RAM and 1 floppy drive (no hard drive, of course). I had some tricks up my sleeve that allowed it to almost run like a 286, but not *quite*. I'm only 27, so either my age is now "old" or you don't have to be old to have stories about old computers anymore . I loved my Tandy (mainly because I could hide smokes in there when i was older--it had a seamless slide-out to add upgrades on the top. I know, that's not a good reason to love a computer, but that's not the only reason I loved it).