How many computers do you own?

MrReaper182

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I own 12 computers.
The modern computers I own: 2 desktop PC's, one is running windows 11 and another is running Linux Arch, one laptop running Linux mint, an Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 ultra tablet and a Sony Xperia 10 IV smartphone.

Retro computers I own which are all currently up and running in my apartment: An Apple Mac Pro from 2012, an Commodore Amiga 1200 in a tower (my favourite computer I own), an Atari ST, an Acorn Archimedes, an Commodore 64 (which I have online), an ZX Spectrum and a BBC Micro.

I don't expect anyone too own as many computers as I own.
 

abacus

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I have cut mine down to 5 at the moment, and have used most of the ones you mention in the past. (My first was a Sinclair ZX 81 in the early eighties and some great fun programming, I also had an Atari ST instead of an Amiga as it had Midi Ports as standard and thus great for using with keyboards/expanders etc.)

Bill
 

Gray

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1 laptop (the cheapest I could find)
1 smartphone (the cheapest I could find)
2 Raspberry Pi......you know they were cheap.

When they first came out, I worked for a company that repaired Sinclair ZX Spectrums.
I got given a new one - and gave it straight to my younger brother - he loved it, started his interest (and eventual career) in computers.

I've got zero interest in computers, didn't even own one until 8 years ago.

I used the laptop to convert CDs to FLAC.
I use the Pis to play them.
I use the phone to control the Pis

If it wasn't for my use with music, I probably wouldn't even own a phone, let alone the computers.
 
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MrReaper182

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1 laptop (the cheapest I could find)
1 smartphone (the cheapest I could find)
2 Raspberry Pi......you know they were cheap.

When they first came out, I worked for a company that repaired Sinclair ZX Spectrums.
I got given a new one - and gave it straight to my younger brother - he loved it, started his interest (and eventual career) in computers.

I've got zero interest in computers, didn't even own one until 8 years ago.

I used the laptop to convert CDs to FLAC.
I use the Pis to play them.
I use the phone to control the Pis

If it wasn't for my use with music, I probably wouldn't even own a phone, let alone the computers.
You need a computer to get online and you need to be online to do anything these days like banking as more and more banks are shutting their branches and going online only So you would have to own at lest one computer even if you were not using it for music.
 

MrReaper182

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I have cut mine down to 5 at the moment, and have used most of the ones you mention in the past. (My first was a Sinclair ZX 81 in the early eighties and some great fun programming, I also had an Atari ST instead of an Amiga as it had Midi Ports as standard and thus great for using with keyboards/expanders etc.)

Bill
My Atari ST and Amiga 1200 I own today are the original ones I owned in the mid 90's. Loved my ST then and I love it now. I was born in 84 so I was to young to have used any of the computers made by Mr Sinclair and as much as I enjoy owing the Spectrum today if I had been around in the early 80's I would not have enjoyed typing on the keyboard of an ZX 81 or Spectrum trying to program on them, hell no.
 

Gray

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You need a computer to get online and you need to be online to do anything these days like banking as more and more banks are shutting their branches and going online only So you would have to own at lest one computer even if you were not using it for music.
I know why you need some form of online presence these days. It's the way of the world.
(A world where people can call themselves 'non binary'.
Still, all progress is good 🤔).
 
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MrTeroo

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23, Wow, and I thought I owned a lot of computers. Smartphones and tablets are computers. What makes you think they are not?
Technically they are, but then so is a Game boy / XBOX / Digital Photo Frame / Smart Fridge.

I wouldn't dream of trying to do any real productive work on a smartphone. Most of the time not on a tablet either.
 
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I wouldn't dream of trying to do any real productive work on a smartphone
I've done real work in e.g. a hotel room, using the room's TV, my phone/tablet and Samsung Dex. I have a bluetooth keyboard with trackpad which folds to be a little bigger than my phone and it works well enough. I can do MS Office stuff and connect to my work systems using my work VPN.

My work notes are mostly made on a tablet with a pen. I haven't used a paper pad for about 3 years and I hardly ever print anything, these days. Also, if I have need of an additional monitor on my computer, I can connect my tablet wirelessly and use that as one.
 

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