About me

In 1982, the highlight under the Christmas tree was still the LEGO train …

Jürgen, born in 1971 in Bavaria Germany. Since I first sat in front of a Commodore PET at school and typed my first lines of BASIC code, computers have fascinated me and still don’t let me go. At that time, that was in the middle of the 80’s and the Commodore C64 was already in all mouth with the kids. On the radio the New German Wave was spreading with Nena (99 Red balloons), Falco (Kommissar, Jeanny), Hubert Kah, Spider Murphy Gang and the Synth-Pop with great bands from England, like Depeche Mode, Simple Minds, Human League, or Kraftwerk from Düsseldorf.

For me, however, there was only one topic: computers! I nagged my parents until they finally gave me the long-awaited Commodore C64 for Christmas ’85. That was really an enormous purchase, because the C64 still cost about 800 DM at that time. That’s why I only got the computer as a present … without datasette or floppy drive to save programs, because that would have blown up the budget. Nevertheless I was thrilled! So I had to deal with the enclosed BASIC manual first. But every time I turned off the computer, everything was gone again, of course. And that was the case at the latest when the parents wanted to watch the evening program on TV, because of course I blocked the only TV in the house! But I had a steep learning curve and after a short time I mastered most of the BASIC commands … My entry into the digital world!

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Schneider EURO PC I

My first own PC in the early 90s: Schneider EURO PC … an XT with 8088, 512 kB RAM and 3.5″ floppy.

Nostalgic feelings come up! After almost 30 years, I hold a EURO PC in my hands again and type the DOS commands from back then as if it were a matter of course. The Schneider Computer was my first own PC. It was the affordable version of an IBM compatible computer for home use or the small office. It was also very compact, because the whole computer including the floppy drive was housed in the keyboard case. The external power supply could be placed under the desk and together with the 12″ monochrome monitor the computer did not take up as much space on the desk as comparable computers.

Today, these models have become very rare and accordingly expensive to buy on Ebay. All the more pleased to have got hold of a really nice device.

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