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Ancient computer with cassette player as drive

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I'm trying to remember the first computer I had when I was very young.  Couldn't remember the name or manufacture.  I wonder if someone knows without disclosing the age :)

Somewhere back in mid to late 80s I had a 'computer' that was basically a thick keyboard.  The cassette player was serving as a data input drive.  Keyboard had a input DIN connector to plug in the player.  I had to find cassettes with different programs.  Mostly primitive games.
I had to always turn the volume all the way down.  Otherwise it would produce that squealing noise from the program when cassette playing.

That same keyboard had some loose wires that I learned how to connect (solder) to the vacuum tube TV and later to the transistor semiconductor TVs.  So I was able to get B/W picture and later color as well.

Up to this point I couldn't remember what was it.  I do remember other parents buying it and asking me to connect to their televisions.

Anyone remember or recall anything like this?
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Never had to solder anything, but I had a TI-99/4a.  Used cartridges to load programs.  Had BASIC programming, which used a cassette deck to record and load programs.

TI-99/4Ahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Instruments_TI-99/4A
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I started to say Atari, but they didn't use a Din.
Maybe a Sinclair or Amstrad?

Here is a list of old 8-bits:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_8-bit_computer_hardware_palettes
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I used a SOL-20 for while: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Processor_Technology  It had a 'full' 64K of ram, a B&W TV monitor, and a cassette drive for 'storage'.  The 'fun' thing was that if I bumped the computer a little too hard... it reset itself and I lost everything that I was working on.  Happened several times.
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Or maybe you're thinking of the Sinclair ZX81: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZX81
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Might take a few minutes to dig through, but this site has pics:
http://www.obsoletecomputermuseum.org/
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As a home PC either a Dragon
Dragon 32
Or Commodore
Commodore C64 drive
But really depends on your vintage and location at the time.  And as someone whose first computer loaded its software from paper tape I take exception to the term "Ancient" :)
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I had one too, was very expensive at that time.
My father did not like because I used his TV to learn my first programming language: BASIC, 2 thick books.
This was mine:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZX_Spectrum
But I do not think it has a DIN connector...
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It sounds just like the Commodore PET:

Commodore PET
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_PET

My teacher was very proud of having one and showed it off in class.
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Commodore VIC-20 or Amstrad CPC-464

Amstrad CPC 464
VIC 20
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Thanks guys.  Still not sure exactly but all look very similar.  I'll dig through it later.
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Thank you much.
Enjoy your walk down memory lane. I did.     : )
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