My First PC - Dell 486P - 1992 - What was Yours?

Ben McDonald shares his story. 

As a fresh faced teenager (well actually a bit spotty), I walked into Dell as a trainee direct from leaving school and I was faced with this amazing piece of technology sitting on my desk, a shiny new Dell 486P desktop computer.

Now back in the day I had a Commodore 64, and a Spectrum that my brother and I used to play games on, I especially remember waiting for the tape games to load, listening to all the funny noises it used to make during the process.

Most of the time the game did load, but sometimes it did not and you would have to start all over again! Those were the "Out Run" days, which was one of my favorite games at the time.

Other than playing games, and just before I left high school I had an electronic typewriter, which had a tiny LCD screen on it which was pretty cool. You could type the line you wanted to print on the LCD screen first, edit it and then at a press of a button the machine would type the whole line in one go.

That was very hi-tech for me at the time, as my folks were not in the position to be able to buy me any form of a real PC.

That typewriter helped me write a letter to my school informing them that I had been offered a job at a company called Dell, and that I would not be joining them at what they called "Sixth Form", a form of higher education.

So can you image when I saw this hi-tech desktop PC on my desk walking into Dell for the first time, I was blown away!

I was also using this pretty amazing operating system called Windows 3.1, and a mouse! Something that my Dad used to call a "magic mouse".

All that my Mum and Dad knew about "Dell" at the time, was the very popular and now iconic sitcom "Only Fools and Horses". It was just a matter of time until I was called "Del Boy" after the character Derek Trotter from the show.

It was also the time that my proud Mum starting telling everybody about my new job, and that I was "in computers", now she says I am "in marketing".

Now back to that shiny new 486P that was sitting on my desk, wow what a machine! it was gleaming white (well slightly off white), with a nice metal chassis that was supporting a pretty nice 15" CRT monitor, which was also pretty snazzy at the time.

So what am I using now to write this, a pretty nice 12" laptop. :-)

What was your first PC?

My First PC - Dell 486P - 1992 - What was Yours?

Subscribe to Our Blog!

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Best Practices Technology Business Computing Cloud Email User Tips Privacy Computer Microsoft Malware Network Security Google Software Hackers Productivity Hosted Solutions Business Data Communication Hardware Tech Term Small Business Ransomware Mobile Devices Internet IT Services Efficiency Cloud Computing IT Support Smartphone Data Recovery Workplace Tips Backup Windows Android Upgrade Managed IT Services Saving Money Innovation Users Data Backup Social Media Office 365 Business Continuity Managed IT Services Information Microsoft Office Mobile Device Smartphones Windows 10 Internet of Things Server Data Management Miscellaneous Business Management Outsourced IT Browser Windows 10 Passwords Productivity Facebook Phishing communications Gmail Word Vulnerability App Cybersecurity VoIP Chrome Infrastructure Artificial Intelligence Remote Monitoring Network Disaster Recovery Encryption Gadgets Managed Service Provider Save Money Apps Tip of the week Analytics Virtual Reality Managed Service Website IT Support Money Employer-Employee Relationship Applications BYOD Big Data Quick Tips Display Paperless Office Google Drive Company Culture Settings Bandwidth Content Filtering Robot Unified Threat Management Automation Education Apple Storage Development Antivirus YouTube Maintenance Employee-Employer Relationship Risk Management Office Tips Hacker Data storage Government Access Control VPN IT Management Router Operating System Business Intelligence Touchscreen Retail Alert WiFi Hard Disk Drive Virtual Private Network Bring Your Own Device LiFi Tablet Downtime Hosted Solution Administration Monitors Vendor Management Mouse Chromebook MSP Data loss Augmented Reality Telephone Systems Managing Stress Two-factor Authentication Avoiding Downtime desktop End of Support Scam Collaboration Firewall Printing Networking Search Document Management HIPAA OneNote SaaS Wireless Solid State Drive Mobile Security Data Security Computers Virtualization Laptop Holiday The Internet of Things Outlook Server Management Spam Computing Business Technology Automobile Compliance SharePoint Print Toner G Suite Hotspot Internet Exlporer Microsoft Excel Slack Hard Disk Drives Optimization Techology Content Huawei Social Dell Connectivity Managed IT Smart Technology Politics Messaging Budget IT Technicians Customer Service Digital Signage Cybercrime Data Warehouse Typing Humor Cabling Modem FinTech Statistics Entertainment Information Technology WannaCry Staff Leominster How To Lenovo Best Practice Google Maps Regulations Downloads Office Samsung Marketing Shortcuts Current Events Language Value Mail Merge Blockchain Private Cloud Monitoring Solid State Drives Mirgation Recycling VoIP Unified Threat Management Streaming Processor IoT Shortcut Distributed Denial of Service Tech Support Employee-Employer Relationships Troubleshooting Business Analysis Cryptocurrency Cookies Bluetooth Comparison iOS K-12 Schools Firefox Superfish Google Docs Social Networking Social Engineering Security Cameras IT solutions Going Green Computing Infrastructure Professional Services Address Permissions Spying National Security Digital Payment Chatbots eWaste User Error Human Error Halloween Memory Hacks Star Wars Patch Management Managed IT Service Websites Analysis Students Virus Bitcoin Disaster Nanotechnology Specifications Scalability Google Wallet Digital Wearable Technology Network upgrade Customer Relationship Management Updates Business Growth Motherboard Cables Heating/Cooling Multi-Factor Security Safety Managed Services Alerts USB Identity Continuity Time Management Printer Remote Computing Device Scary Stories Reducing Cost Password Fraud Cost Management Break Fix Mixed Reality Legal Network Congestion LED Running Cable Threats Windows 8 Uninterrupted Power Supply Screen Reader Charging Black Friday Migration Unified Communications Drones Spyware Smart Office PowerPoint File Sharing BDR Wires Servers Google Calendar Laptops Buisness Computer Care IBM Licensing Dongle Emergency Solar Network Management Writing Mobility Sports Batteries Mobile Device Management Assessment Dark Web Wi-Fi Data Breach Virtual Desktop Deep Learning Co-Managed IT Smart Tech Cyber Monday Windows 7 Identity Theft Work Update Onboarding GDPR Alt Codes Voice over Internet Protocol Legislation Software as a Service Training Corporate Profile Cooperation Service Level Agreement Dark Data Myths Mobile Computing Computer Repair Relocation Mobile Data Supercomputer CrashOverride Recovery Motion Sickness How To Work/Life Balance Staffing Administrator Taxes Health Black Market Web Server what was your? IT Budget Law Enforcement GPS Notifications IT Consultant Electronic Medical Records Twitter Cameras Physical Security Emoji Printers Meetings Upgrades Gadget Tracking Crowdsourcing Cleaning CCTV Personal Information Botnet Cortana Webcam 3D Printing Error Processors Machine Learning Financial Point of Sale Ben McDonald shares Regulation Unsupported Software Travel

What Our Clients Say

  • BNMC has provided us with nothing less than outstanding service and results for all of our IT needs for the past few years. Every member of their staff is professional, knowledgeable, friendly and eager to solve any problem...
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3