We all remember those first computers that made their ways into our homes all those years ago. For most of us, the technology in those machines wouldn't be fit for a graphing calculator. Regardless, back then it was probably the most advanced piece of technology we had seen. So this thread is dedicated to those old machines, talk about yours and what you used it for.
Mine was a Franklin ACE 2100, a clone to the Apple IIe which eventually got Franklin sued. I used mine mostly for games. When I was told it was broken, I took that to mean that I could take it apart (as I did with most everything I could find at the time) and I messed the thing up so badly, it could never be repaired ever again. That was fine by me, as the machine was already pretty old at the time (we were using the IIGS's in school and I had recently seen my first IBM computer with an internal hard drive and wonder why we didn't have that). After that machine, we ended up with an older IBM, one of the first home PCs, in fact, about 10 years after they're debut. I don't remember what my parents (and by parents I mean my father, as my mother didn't know how to turn a computer on until about 3 years go) used it for, Here's some details about the machine I found on old-computers.com
The ACE 2000 series consisted of three computers the 2000, 2100, and the 2200.
The 2000 had no disk drives, the 2100 had one disk drive, and the 2200 had two disk drives. All featured a detachable keyboard, the same 1.02 MHz 65SC02 processor, the usual scattering of expansion slots around the motherboard and the half-height case.
Graphics modes and sound capabilities were in line with the Apple ][e. On the front panel, it had a row of LEDs for Power, Diagnostics, Double-high-res Graphics Mode, Hi-res Graphics Mode, and CPU Activity.
The back panel featured RS-232 serial ports (2), 1 DB-25 parallel port, 15-pin RGB video, and the power cable. The case and power supply had integrated fans. The case had the indentations for areas of expansion cards to poke out and provide new connectors; however, these expansion slots were not located in a nice row, 1-6. Slot 1 was missing (this was the parallel port on the back), slots 2 and 4 were combined into one slot (it was one or the other set via a jumper, not both), slot 3 was located near the rear and ran left to right, not from to back, slot 5 was located on the right side of the case and faced outward towards a screwplate covering the connector face and ran perpendicular to slot 3. Slot 6 was also missing, as it controlled the two disk drives.
Low-res graphics mode provided 16 colors in a 320x200 array, with a 2-4 line 'text window' at the bottom of the screen. Hi-res graphics gave you 512 x 384 pixels at either 4, 6, or 7 colors (depending on which software was used). There was supposedly another graphics mode, dubbed 'Double-High Resolution' which was supposed to give you 16 colors at 512x384, but there was a dearth of information about how to program in it.
The Franklins could run AppleSoft BASIC and DOS 3.3, but they shipped with the Franklin DOS 2 floppy FDOS 2. This allowed for such things as programmable function keys. Otherwise, there wasn't a whole lot different.
FDOS and BASIC were the keys to the enhanced graphics modes. If you had it, you could run Integer BASIC through a convoluted process. Booting Integer BASIC had an interesting secret: if you 'peeked' and 'poked' enough, you'd find the memory address for a reset. When Integer BASIC was reset, it displayed 'Apple ][' across the top of the screen. There were also numerous references to 'S. Wozniak' and 'S. Jobs' embedded in many of the programs Franklin delivered for it.
The Ace 2000 series was in fact the last Apple II compatibles made by Franklin. (~ 1987). Franklin then tried manufacturing PC clones before finally devoting themselves to pocket translators.
So, what was your first computer?