I've still got my very first computer that I bought in 1989 from <embarrassed>Home Shopping Network</embarrassed>
for a thousand bucks. It is an IBM PC Convertible laptop, with an 8088 processor, two 3 1/4" floppy drives and no hard drive. RAM is 640K, upgradeable to 1MB. It has a flip-up, non-backlit LCD screen.
I still remember when I first got it as I knew absolutely zilch about 'puters. Just knew I had to have one and thought it might be good to try to teach myself how to use one. Took it out of the box, plugged it in, turned it on and saw the old DOS "A:\" sitting there on the screen. Had no idea what I needed to do next, so I started reading the MS DOS (version 3.2? Can't remember, but it was a really old version) manual from cover to cover. I made it to page 6 or so before I realized this was not gonna work. I've made a wee bit o' progress since then.
The other cool thing about this computer was its directly attachable, dot matrix printer. It snapped in right on the back of the laptop. Kinda made it look like the King Cab of portable computers, hahaha. The printer gave up the ghost a long time ago, but not sure if the computer still works. I have to find the power cord.
When I opened up the IBM to take the pictures (below), I found a couple of old floppies in each drive. One had a version of the old Norton Commander on it. Best file manager I ever used. Beats the crap outta windows explorer, lol. Well, if I ever have to send my Sager 5620 in for service, maybe I'll try to power up the old IBM so I don't feel computer-deprived.
As to why do we keep these old wrecks lying around instead of sending them to the great silicon recycling bin in the sky? That's easy. It's so we can reminisce just like we're doing in this thread!
Oh, the memories...