Nostalgia nuts, something for you

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    John A. Guest

    John A., Jun 1, 2011
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  3. Good grief. That's interesting, but I wonder who they intend to sell it to?

    Never had a C64, but I did own a VIC-20 for about a day (then returned it to
    the store).
    Neil Harrington, Jun 2, 2011
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    George Kerby Guest

    To people who enjoy their head exploding. That was the biggest P.O.S. ever

    Wise move...
    George Kerby, Jun 2, 2011
  5. A guy I worked with had about $3500 in a C64 system. Hard to imagine now,
    but PCs were mighty expensive at that time.
    The one day I owned it convinced me of two things: 1. Computers were really
    fascinating contraptions and something I wanted to get into, and 2. I
    absolutely positively did not want to do so by way of the VIC-20. I bought
    an Apple IIe not long after that.
    Neil Harrington, Jun 3, 2011
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    Whisky-dave Guest

    I was first tempted by a sinclair ZX80 then the ZX81 but ended up
    buying a BBC Model A
    computer and upgrading it to a B.
    Whisky-dave, Jun 3, 2011
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    George Kerby Guest

    I had all of my small business info on the C64 tape drive and it ate the
    tape beyond repair. Had to file an extension for my income tax that year.
    Took me three months to recover my information.

    A friend showed me a little box-shaped device that had something called
    "MacDraw". I went out and bought a Macintosh 512 soon afterwards, on credit.
    As I recall it was ~$2500 - but the migraines went away. Never looked back.
    George Kerby, Jun 3, 2011
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    RichA Guest

    A bare-bones IBM with an 8086 processor was $4000 in Canada. The
    first 80286 I saw in the engineering dept. of the University of
    Toronto cost $70,000.
    RichA, Jun 3, 2011
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    RichA Guest

    I had a Texas Inst 99. It was 16 bits, sort of.
    RichA, Jun 3, 2011
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    RichA Guest

    Sprite graphics!!
    RichA, Jun 3, 2011
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I had one. Lot's of fun and serious use.

    - Wrote my flight instructor manual on it. (Had a printer for it). Did
    some homework on it too - but writing in French wasn't easy - had to
    hand annotate accents.

    - played "Choplifter" a lot, and a few other games.

    - learned 6502 (6510 actually) machine language on it (no assembler).
    (In college we used the 6800).

    - wrote lots of silly BASIC programs including a game that had my father

    - taught him BASIC (took all of 30 minutes - if that). He then wrote
    programs to do his expense account and taxes including generation of the
    key chart for his provincial and federal taxes and a pilot logbook
    program. (Went nuts over rounding errors).

    - I recall programming the "sprite" which had (IIRC) several layers to
    it. (graphic image that could be moved around over the background).
    Pretty cool for the day.

    Fun thing the C-64 - and unbeatable at the price.

    (I too had a VIC-20 for about 24 hours; then a TI-99 (72 hours); then
    the C-64. That at least lasted a couple years.)
    Alan Browne, Jun 3, 2011
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    John A. Guest

    The C-64 & COMPUTE!'s Gazette taught me to type one-handed. That's a
    skill that has actually come in handy, like when leaning over a user's
    shoulder during my desktop support days, and more recently when
    holding a baby. :)
    John A., Jun 3, 2011
  13. I think they were about that price in the U.S. too, but with an 8088. I
    don't recall IBM ever selling any with the 8086, though a few of the clones
    had it.

    I never owned a genuine IBM. My first PC was a clone, built locally in 1985,
    that cost about $1100 with an 8MHz 8088 and no hard drive. I put a 30MB
    Seagate in it (only slightly more expensive than the ubiquitous 20MB) and
    wondered what I would ever do with all that space. Wasn't a very good hard
    drive (wouldn't boot in the winter until the system had warmed up a while)
    but at under $400 it was a great bargain then.
    Neil Harrington, Jun 4, 2011
  14. I never used tape at all. I think the IIe still had a cassette port, but I
    never knew anyone (in 1982-83) who still used tape. A neighbor's son gave
    her a Radio Shack CoCo with a cassette drive but I don't think she ever
    figured out how to use it.
    Yup, the first Macs I saw were $2500 -- I happened to be in my Apple
    dealer's the day they got the first ones, and I remember that was the price.
    But those first ones were 128s, as I recall. Everyone knew even then that
    that wasn't nearly enough memory for the machine.
    Neil Harrington, Jun 4, 2011
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    Alan Browne Guest

    It was indeed an 8088. I recall installing a board with an 80286 on it
    in an 8088 machine. That livened it up (it took over the motherboard).

    Was one of the first in the Co. with a 16 MHz 80386. I swaggered.
    Alan Browne, Jun 4, 2011
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    Rich Guest

    You are likely right. I didn't buy in until the 80286.
    Rich, Jun 4, 2011
  17. You bet. I bought my first 286 (6MHz switchable to 10MHz -- remember the
    "turbo" button that was pretty much a standard fixture on those AT
    machines?) when Peter Norton was still raving about the 286 as the "Super
    Chip." That and an EGA graphics card were really the cat's meow in the
    mid-'80s. Sixteen colors at a whopping 640x350! Wow!
    Oh, yes. So did I with my first (and only) 386, a 33MHz model. That was fast
    enough to actually run Windows (or "Windoze" as owners of lesser machines
    called it), though I was still mostly using MS-DOS then. That 386 was my one
    and only computer for four years -- by far the longest I ever kept any
    machine as a primary, let alone only, computer. But then of course the
    hardware was so much more expensive than it is now, even without adjusting
    for inflation.

    It's fun to look back at those days. But I'm sure glad we aren't using
    computers like those anymore, or priced like they were either.
    Neil Harrington, Jun 4, 2011
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    Bowser Guest

    True enough, and I used to run the OS, MacWrite, MacPaint, and file
    storage all from one 400K floppy. Still hard to believe.
    Bowser, Jun 4, 2011
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    Dickr Guest

    Wow, the VIC 20! I had one and I'll never forget that message on the
    screen "press play on tape" to load a game like Snackman.
    Soon followed by the purchase of a C-128 that could also run C-64
    programs and C/PM.
    Followed by an Amiga with wonderful graphic capabilities while the
    computer I used at work was still running MS DOS.

    Dickr, Jun 4, 2011
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    John A. Guest

    I never had one, but the first place I ever saw an Amiga was in a
    camera store where it was being touted for its video editing
    John A., Jun 4, 2011
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