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Old 08-11-2015, 11:31 AM   #21
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Tandy, i believe it was called from Radio Shack
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Old 08-11-2015, 12:03 PM   #22
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Timex/Sinclair 1000 with the extra memory module. Use an old tape recorder to save and download programs. Still have it, including the book. Just cannot bring myself to getting rid of it.
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I built these in the 80's ADDS Mentor 2000
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Old 08-11-2015, 12:57 PM   #24
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TRS-80 Model I as a freshman in high school. A few years later picked up my own TRS-80 Color Computer II with 64KB of RAM and a dedicated tape player. Hours and hours of typing in program listings from magazines, then more hours trying to find the typo you made.... Have spent my entire career working on a wide variety of computer hardware and operating systems - mainly UNIX systems. At home we are all Mac fans (because they just work... ) though I keep a variety of X86-based systems around running Linux as that is my system of choice for work.
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Old 08-11-2015, 05:09 PM   #25
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Bought an Apple II+ with cassette tape program storage. When the 5-1/4" floppy drive came out, it was about $500. And those were 1979 dollars! But I had to have one because loading programs from a cassette was excruciating!

But my K&E slide rule predated the Apple II by several years.
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Old 08-11-2015, 05:26 PM   #27
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I was the first kid in my school with a Commodore 64... Wow was I a geek

It got me through University... My sister on the other hand, who took it after I finished, had a Prof threaten to fail her if she handed in another assignment printed on the Dot Matrix Printer
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Old 08-11-2015, 06:27 PM   #28
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Old 08-11-2015, 07:36 PM   #30
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Radio Shack TRS-80. I still have it, in the original box. With the cassette tape drive. One day someone will make me an offer I can't refuse.
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1985-1986, based on Consumers Report recommendations.

A Leading Edge Model D. Plus I went big with all the upgrades: 640K memory, dual floppies and a color CGA monitor. It came with DOS and lots of manuals, Basic, and a proprietary word processor. A hard drive was not available and it took about 5 min. to boot to the prompt. Folks were envious!

Then I added a quality Panasonic 9 pin impact printer and a top of the line Multitech224 (w/ proprietary MNP correction) 2400 baud modem/ many were still using 300 baud.

As I recall the computer & monitor was about $2100 - the printer and modem $600 each.
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Although my career working with computers goes back to the mainframe computers of the mid 1960's, these are the ones I have purchased... and still have:

Commodore 64 (1982) w/MPS 1250 dot matrix printer
Gateway 2000 286 (1988)
Compaq Prolinea DX 4/50 (1993)
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I also have a Canon LBP860 printer that I purchased new in 1995 that's still in use today.
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In college in 1964, worked in a big room with an IBM monster. Can't recall the model but I remember moving wires in the back, like old telephone system. Tried for 9 months with 3 others to write a simple bridge program but never had much success, Aced the course for effort, not outcome. LOL
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I was a whiz at MS-DOS.
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The 1st computer was a Heathkit H-8 with 16kb memory and a paper tape reader/writer for input and storage. Booted it by flipping the front panel switches. Finally moved on to a Heathkit H-100, 5MHz, 192Kb memory, 64Kb color video memory, 2-8" floppys, 2- 5-1/4" floppys and finally a 20Mb winni. It was a great machine running a 14MHz & 768Kb memory, it blew the IBM PC & AT out of the water. Now I use Win doze machines, mainly laptops.
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Radio Shack 64 k with a 5 1/4 floppy disk . We would take a paper punch line up the holes and punch the opposite side that way you could use both sides of the floppy disk . Man I feel old !!
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Radio Shack 64 k with a 5 1/4 floppy disk . We would take a paper punch line up the holes and punch the opposite side that way you could use both sides of the floppy disk . Man I feel old !!
Oh, gawd does that bring back memories!

Does a TRS-80 Pocket Computer even count? I blew $250 on that and the printer.
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Radio Shack 64 k with a 5 1/4 floppy disk . We would take a paper punch line up the holes and punch the opposite side that way you could use both sides of the floppy disk . Man I feel old !!
Back in the day us tech weenies would get together and order those 5 1/4 floppies by the hundreds. Had boxes and boxes of those critters full of shareware utilities and programs.
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Oh, gawd does that bring back memories!

Does a TRS-80 Pocket Computer even count? I blew $250 on that and the printer.

Holly Cow, I forgot this one... and I still have it with the cassette player and a few programs yet.. all in the original boxes

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