I remember my first time to have hands on computer was in my first year college. Not only that there were only 2 to 3 persons in one computer to apply the basic theories of computer in the laboratory. We learned about the DOS basics and it's very frustrating that you cannot explore or apply the theories due to lack of computers that time.
Here's a video of the generation or history of computer:
Source: YouTube http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-rXWWVmchY