Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Meet Mighty Mite

Marathon, FL

This computer, that I dub as Mighty Mite, is the newest member of Tarwathie's family.   I put the key in the picture so that you have an idea of the size.

Might Mite arrived today, but not alone.  It was part of the kit seen below. At $55, it is an amazing value.

I have a special project in mind for Mighty Mite, but I won't reveal the details until it is done (hopefully next summer).  But in the meantime I'm going to have lots of fun learning about Mighty Mite and doing experiments with real hardware.

By the way, Mighty Mite is far from the fisrt, or smallest, or cheapest computer I have ever owned.   The first computer I used was an IBM 1620 in the year 1962.  I've been hooked ever since.  Besides girls, they are the most fun things ever.

The first computer I used at home was a GE 225 time-share.  I hauled home the bulky and heavy ASR33 teletype and modem needed to access the computer remotely in 1971.

The first computer I owned was a Commodore Pet in 197?.

My smallest and lowest price computer was a digital watch.

My first computer to access The Internet was an Apollo in 1988.

My first personal web site, I created in 1995.  It wasn't until 1999 that Al Gore dreamed that he invented The Internet.

How many computers do we have on board Tarwathie?  Good trivia question.  I think the answer is 16 but I could have missed some.  Try to answer that question for your own house.  Remember that things like phones and TVs and digital kitchen timers are almost certainly computers in today's world.

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