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« Reply #30 on: October 23, 2006, 09:41:20 AM »

I think it was in 2003, We were in Statesville, NC at a flea market selling the usual junk and stuff.

I also sold computers I had built out of spare parts, mostly PI's and II's. I also had a sign out that I was interested in buying parts, pieces and complete systems, hoping to generate a little bit of interest in getting rid of the old junk and replacing with something newer from one of the box stores.

One day this little old lady, (at or over 80 yrs. old), came in and asked my wife if we would be interested in buying her husbands computer. He had died and it hadn't ever been used.

Cat told her to bring it down and we would make an offer.

When the lady came back a couple of weeks later, in her trunk she had an IBM PC-XT complete with monitor, keyboard, peripherals, and a printer.
The monitor had been hooked to the CPU, (CPU= 46 lbs.), and didn't know how to unhook it. So she wrestled it from a closet, down the hall and out the door. I have no idea how long it took her to hoist it into the car, but she finally made it.

I asked her how much she wanted for it, since I could see it really was brand new, and she thought she could get around $1000 for it.
I nearly bit my tongue out of my mouth, trying not to laugh. I told her I couldn't offer her more than about $20 for it, as I wasn't sure it would even make a good POS terminal.
Of course, she didn't take the offer so I unhooked the monitor and put everything back in the original boxes and reloaded them in her car.
While I was repacking the CPU I found the original invoice, total price? $3231.00

I sure wish I could give her what she thought it was worth.

Dallas

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« Reply #31 on: October 23, 2006, 10:09:31 AM »



just drug my kaypro out of the attic. two large floopy and cpm operating system.  think i will get the TI down and play a few games

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« Reply #32 on: October 23, 2006, 10:23:18 AM »

Oooo, Kaypro w/ CPM!  I forgot about that one. I wrote a batch processsing operating system on one of those in college.

That was one of the frist truely portable computers!  Cheesy


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« Reply #33 on: October 23, 2006, 10:26:46 AM »

Just got rid of my last Silicon Graphics "mini" mainframe. Thought about making an office refrigerator out of the CPU case, but not worth the trouble. Funny when you consider that the one on my desk has over 10 times the storage capacity as the SG's 10 drive storage system. My how its all changes.

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« Reply #34 on: October 23, 2006, 10:44:01 AM »

In the 70's when I was in college, I paid $500/semester for 500ns time on the school mainframe for one of my classes.
We were required to write the program, debug it and recheck it. Over and over and over.

The passing grade was linked to the computer time. If you took all 500ns to run or had an error, you got an F

Depending on what the rest of the class did, the less time it took to run your program, the higher your grade.

You only got one shot at the computer.

Amazingly, I have a lot of auction links to government surplus and not too long ago a Cray SC came up for auction. ........ It went for $500.

If only we had that available then!

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« Reply #35 on: October 23, 2006, 11:03:14 AM »

Didn't Radio Shack have a kit back in those days also?
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« Reply #36 on: October 23, 2006, 11:05:20 AM »

I remember paying for time on a PDP-11 and how awesome it seemed at the time.  Cool

The first computer I built was a clone of the Altair/IMSAI.  No screen, just front panel lights and switches, 1Mhz 8080A processor and a whopping 4K of RAM.  No drives. Just paper tape.  Later I bought a Commodore Pet 8K and it seemed amazing with it's screen and cassette drive, not to mention the 8K RAM.   Shocked

I've often thought that if I ever got "rich" and had the room, I would like to set up a museum of personal computers.  Starting at the Abacus and coming up to relatively current models.  I know that sounds geeking, but then I am a high tech redneck. Wink
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« Reply #37 on: October 23, 2006, 11:57:22 AM »

S-50 & S-100 Bus machines.. Must not forget the kits from the 60's

Apple Lisa ( Precursor to the MAC and if you had a Color one you had the ferrarri of computers.
Timex/Sinclair ( and all the expansion ports and & boxes to make it run faster and better...)

Atari 400 /600 & 800 series.

TRS-80 Model 1 thru 4. TRS-80 Model 3 Business system with terminals, 8"Floppies and 20 Meg HD Ran Unix/Xenix,
I loved that machine and the DataBase program that ran on it in true multi-user.( on 64K of ram! ).. Cool

Atari ST and 1040 ST Full color with GUI interface. Had 9 of them and was warranty dealer for them in Florida.

Went to IBM clones after all that.. Did anyone see the popular electronics article on the Russian copy of the XT clone
chip (CPU) That was so crude and I was surprised that they got it to work.

Ah... C/PM good old Digital Research. ( the guys who didn't have time to talk to IBM !! Roll Eyes )
DR-DOS .... Another failure...
IBM OS/1 and then OS/2 ( I liked OS/2 !) because it didn't crash like ( MS stuff ).

FreeBSD (unix)  1.02  and then on from there.... I couldn't afford " System-V "....

Now everbody is a puter expert.... We Old guys had to work and worry.. You young guys only have to find the ON button!!! Roll Eyes
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« Reply #38 on: October 23, 2006, 01:02:18 PM »

DrDave, your knowledge of those systems reminds me of another Dr Dave that was a friend and mentor of mine many years ago in New Mexico.  He had a doctorate in Mathmatics and was a computer genius.  It must go with the name.  Wink
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« Reply #39 on: October 23, 2006, 01:05:10 PM »

Since we are wandering down memory lane don't forget the original laptop - the Osborne.  Mine is still in the basement - I have the best intentions of firing it up "someday".  I used to think I had the world by the tail - with 2 DD drives at 193k each I could have a spreadsheet, wordprocessor and database all on the same boot disk.  Try that with today's bloatware.  I lugged mine all over western Canada & the western US as carry on luggage.  Now they'd think it was a bomb.


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« Reply #40 on: October 23, 2006, 01:58:42 PM »

 Now they'd think it was a bomb.

Yeah, but now it's ok to take a laptop that spontaneously erupts in flames!  Shocked
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« Reply #41 on: October 25, 2006, 05:32:35 PM »

There are only ten kinds of people in this world; those who understand binary and those who don't!

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« Reply #42 on: October 25, 2006, 06:45:46 PM »

There are only ten kinds of people in this world; those who understand binary and those who don't!

Len

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« Reply #43 on: October 25, 2006, 07:36:16 PM »

Now my brain hurts...... Shocked
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« Reply #44 on: October 26, 2006, 05:19:36 AM »

It amazing how many on this board have had careers in computers. I have been a programmer, analyst, security officer, system administrator on IBM midrange systems for over 30 years, and still working  Cry . Maybe I will get to retire someday!  Smiley  Personally I hate PCs, they are just a necessary evil to get to my REAL computer.  Wink
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