A computer model is a specific model of computer. In the early days of computers, every new computer was essentially a completely new combination of hardware and software. For example, the Commodore VIC-20 was incompatible with software and hardware designed for previous Commodore PET and the subsequent Commodore 64. By the mid-1980s, computer models started to be released in lines of multiple models that ran compatible software like the Amiga which had over a dozen models featuring mostly-compatible software and hardware. By the late-1980s, most computer models were designed by cloning one of the most popular existing systems in order to be able to run their operating systems and software. By the mid-1990s, the computer model was largely irrelevant and it really mattered which operating system the computer could run.
Throughout my life I have used many different computer models and own several older 8-bit models. I began using various 8-bit home computer models in the 1980s, but my family's first computer was a Packard Bell 386 SX which ran MS-DOS 5.0 and Windows 3.0 with multimedia extensions.
These are computer models that are important to me. For all computer models, see the category.
- Category: Computer Models