I'm born in 1976.
My first computer use was on a friend's C64, probably around 1984.
The first computer in our home was an Apple IIe dad bought for Xmas 1986, with 128K ram, two 140K 51/4 inch floppies and green monitor. that one taught me BASIC.
I was given a Luxor ABC802 probably around 1988, by an aunt of mine, it had two 160K 5/14inch floppies in a huge, heavy aluminium case that was bigger than the computer itself. And the toughest keyboard I have ever seen, milled out of 10-15mm aluminium plates, I kid you not.
in 1992 I used my first summer job wages to buy a used Atari 520STfm, and a C.T.I. CP-F80 printer.
then dad got a Acer 386SX-25 with 4 megs of ram for working at home, and a 14400 bps modem (!!), which I immediately hijacked for use on the Atari.
Next summer I bought a UK tos 1.02 Atari 1040 STF (no modulator) with a SM125 monochrome monitor, and a 520ST (no F, no M) with swedish tos 1.00 (!). Borrowed an AKAI sampler and a Casio CZ-101 synth, and made horrendous music in midistudio JR. Bought a used Mastersound sampler cartridge, and made even worse sounding music with TCB tracker
Was given an old Compaq 386SX-20 2meg ram 40 meg hd monochrome VGA LCD notebook and a used Pentuim 75 with 16 meg ram and 800 meg drive, in 1996, toghether with a lightning-struck HP laserjet IIIp when I moved away to university, where I quickly got involved in a computer club and filled my dorm room with borrowed niceties such as a VAXstation 3100m76, Microvax II, 486/33 GRID laptop with color 640x480 LCD, DECstation 5000/20, SGI Indy R5000, Sun sparc IPC and sparcstation 2. At this time a flow of misc hardware started to float by me by reputation and since then I have alwas had more hardware waiting to be checked out and put to use than I had time to do.
By early 1999 i was running NetBSD on the microvax and DECstation (1.2G respectively 1.6 I seem to recall), Redhat Linux on the pentium, which was now overclocked to 100Mhz, maxed at 64M ram and "passively" watercooled from the toilet tank, running hoses to the desk and back to the shower drain through a homemade copper tube "trumpet" shape wedged in the heatsink. 26°C in the room, 22°C in the CPU
I had a shared 2Mbit radiolink the the campus network, and started spending nights on IRC and thus never finished university, but always stayed in touch with the computerclub (http://www.update.uu.se
the P75 got a new disk, and was finally replaced by a used Celeron 300A (at 450mhz like everyone did back then), and later ny Duron 650, which was my last windows running puter, it had Win 2kPro on it, dualbooted with Mandrake/mandriva linux. It grew to 10+40+8.4+60 Gig disk and 1.2 gig ram before it finally was too slow in 200..6?..8?, when I was given a friend's old setup, a dual Athlon 2200+ with 2 G ram, and bought a 250 gig samsung Sata drive for it. this was a real powersucker 110Watt cpu and five disks in a miditower case.. got warm++. That held up as main machine until last winter, when I got the one I type this on, a Core I5 4670K on a ASUS Z87-C motherboard. This mobo doesn't have any PATA controller, So at the moment I have no DVD drive and I bought a 120 gig SSD and a 4 Gig SATA disk.
Since my kids arrived in 2008 and 2010 I have drastically (and desperately) tried to cut down on the space used for hardware, and this is where the raspberry comes in, it emulates my Apple and Atari and I have images of most of my old disks, so the machines are in storage. One raspberry will eventually be put inside either my Tektronix 4006-1 vector terminal or my Visual 550 graphic terminal, to make a neat retro display. I just have to find deskspace for them...
My first pi is running printserver for our home wlan, and it is working hard.. I cant believe the huge performance hit the new CUPS workflow created when they switched from PS to PDF internally, it does SO MUCH WORK!
but it replaced a miditower PC so waiting three minutes before printing starts is a reasonable price, and it doubles as completely silent X terminal for connecting to computerclub servers, it's on a KVM switch with my main PC.