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Old 10-09-2010, 12:25 AM
 
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:30 AM
 
Location: 10110001010110100
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1980s called, they want their ad back!
My sucker purchase of the last decade was paying over $400 for a 450MHz P3 chip which was deal back then (1999~2000).
I don't even know what my dad paid for the Commodore64 he got us back in 1983~84 but I am sure it was a lot.
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:08 AM
 
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i can remember those prices on the complete computer unit with printer for the kids to use for school work ..i remember paying allmost $.5,000.oo dollars for a computer in the 1980
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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1980s called, they want their ad back!
My sucker purchase of the last decade was paying over $400 for a 450MHz P3 chip which was deal back then (1999~2000).
Just under $1k for a Dell P4 laptop back in 2003. It died two weeks ago; I'm guessing the chipset. The battery was still holding 50 minutes - not great, but stellar for a 7-year old battery. It did over 4 hours when it was new.

While I don't have one of these 10mb full-height monsters anymore, somewhere in the garage is the workhorse of the mid-late-80's - the Seagate ST4096. Sales took off when it dropped under $1000.
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?name=Legacy&vgnextoid=003f5a802efbd010Vg nVCM100000dd04090aRCRD&locale=en-US&reqPage=Legacy# (broken link)

That drive was still working when it was removed from service in a small server in 1997, having ran well beyond its MTBF. Those were the days ...

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I don't even know what my dad paid for the Commodore64 he got us back in 1983~84 but I am sure it was a lot.
Prolly like $500-600. Which is like $1100 these days.
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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No price on this one, if you had to ask you couldn't afford it!

This is a 5 Meg Hard Disk in 1956.

In September 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). The HDD weighed over a ton and stored 5MB of data.

Start appreciating your 4 GB memory stick!

- Tim
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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No price on this one, if you had to ask you couldn't afford it!
They were leased at $3,200 a month. With inflation, that's about $25,000 a month these days.
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Old 10-12-2010, 08:48 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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1980s called, they want their ad back!
My sucker purchase of the last decade was paying over $400 for a 450MHz P3 chip which was deal back then (1999~2000).
I don't even know what my dad paid for the Commodore64 he got us back in 1983~84 but I am sure it was a lot.
Back in that time frame, the C-64 cost between $200 and $300, just for the computer. Add more $$$ for a monitor and some type of storage system.
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Old 10-17-2010, 05:07 PM
 
Location: 10110001010110100
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Back in that time frame, the C-64 cost between $200 and $300, just for the computer. Add more $$$ for a monitor and some type of storage system.
Uh, good old C64 days. I remember playing with the 'head' of the data player using a small screw driver to be able to get it to read the game on the cassette. Also using a program called 'Freeze-Frame' to hack into the games and modifying them line by line to see what wicked effect it would have....

Anyone remember the C64 games called Raid over Moscow or Karateka?

Damn I am getting old.
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Old 10-17-2010, 09:03 PM
 
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I love these old ads. I wish I kept my old copies of PC Magazine that advertised 286s and 386s for $300-5000+. My 386 "only" cost me $1500 and was a bargain at the time. Heck I wish I still had that thing just for nostalgia's sake.
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Yeah... I miss my old copies of Computer Shopper. Did this magazine die?

Nowadays you can now get a 3 TB Sata2 hard drive.
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