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Old 11-09-2018, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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And what's funny is that while those old electronics used to be very expensive, you now to have pay to get them properly disposed of!
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:33 AM
 
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Progress. My microwave and dishwasher have faster processors and more memory than a first generation IBM PC from 1981. The most memory you could put in the original PC was 256K. 64K on the motherboard and expansion slots for three 64K memory modules. A 4.77 MHz Intel 8088 is laughably slow.
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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Ah we had the first color tv on the block a huge RCA with a giant cabinet. A technician had to install it, wave this magnetic wand around the screen, adjust everything. I think it cost over $1,000. Seeing Bonanza in color was spectacular.
I remember going next door on Sunday evenings to watch "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" and "Bonanza" on their color TV. First on the block!
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Old 11-09-2018, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Florida -
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Progress. My microwave and dishwasher have faster processors and more memory than a first generation IBM PC from 1981. The most memory you could put in the original PC was 256K. 64K on the motherboard and expansion slots for three 64K memory modules. A 4.77 MHz Intel 8088 is laughably slow.
I was selling those 5110's back in about 1978-79. About this large desktop computer, with an associated file cabinet size, dual disk drive, we told people ... "a few years ago, this computer would have filled an entire room!" -- We also pointed out that the dual, 2.4M disks (8-inch floppies), gave them virtually unlimited storage! -- The basic 5110 came with an inboard, removable tape drive.
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Old 11-09-2018, 10:28 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Progress. My microwave and dishwasher have faster processors and more memory than a first generation IBM PC from 1981. The most memory you could put in the original PC was 256K. 64K on the motherboard and expansion slots for three 64K memory modules. A 4.77 MHz Intel 8088 is laughably slow.
Our first was a Compupro, well before the first IBM PC. It also had 64K ram, and two 8" floppy disk drives, with a Televideo monochrome monitor with built-in keyboard. At the time, I worked at a place where we still used the IBM punch cards on an IBM 4341 mainframe.
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Old 11-09-2018, 10:56 AM
 
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Progress. My microwave and dishwasher have faster processors and more memory than a first generation IBM PC from 1981. The most memory you could put in the original PC was 256K. 64K on the motherboard and expansion slots for three 64K memory modules. A 4.77 MHz Intel 8088 is laughably slow.
You're probably one of only four or five in this forum that even understands what that means
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:07 AM
 
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I was selling those 5110's back in about 1978-79. About this large desktop computer, with an associated file cabinet size, dual disk drive, we told people ... "a few years ago, this computer would have filled an entire room!" -- We also pointed out that the dual, 2.4M disks (8-inch floppies), gave them virtually unlimited storage! -- The basic 5110 came with an inboard, removable tape drive.
My first job in a real time-share computer site was as a tech, doing night-time system diagnostics and backups. At Xerox, we had to use switches to boot our SDS Sigma-7 Analog computers. They only had CORE memories. If lucky, it would then it would load its bios from an 8-inch floppy, so we could start our tasks. All the system IO boards were made composed of analog OP-AMPs, not digital circuits. We had almost 700 companies sharing two 32-bit mainframe with 1000 kWords of CORE. MBytes didn't exist in those days.
My first computer was one that I built from scratch, using S100 boards from Jade Computer...
S100 Computers - Jade Computer products
Man, the tech was so, uh, 'interesting'. hehehe.
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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My first VCR cost $500.00 and it had a hard wired remote. We also had to decide between BETA or VHS.

My first PC was $1,800.00 and forget how limited it was.
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:20 AM
 
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I bought an external zip drive. 100 meg disks. I think it plugged into the parallel port (printer port?)

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We also had to decide between BETA or VHS.

which did you choose?
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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When I was a child we had a B/W TV and there were 3 channels that received normal stations and there was also one UHF station [but it was low power so the signal faded in and out a lot].

When I was attending college we worked on 8088 processors.
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