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Old 08-11-2015, 08:39 PM   #31
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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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Old 08-11-2015, 09:27 PM   #32
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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)
Compaq Presario 5665 (1998)
HP Pavilion a375c (2003)
Gateway DX4860-UB33P (2012)

I also have a Canon LBP860 printer that I purchased new in 1995 that's still in use today.
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:05 PM   #33
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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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IBM PCjr, if you don't count a Sinclair 1000!!!

I was a whiz at MS-DOS.
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Old 08-12-2015, 02:01 AM   #35
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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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