1981: Radio Shack catalog.

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  1. newking70

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    Yup - My company paid a little more than $10K in 1983 to buy be an IBM PC w/ 256K RAM, 20 meg HD, daisy wheel printer, 1200 baud modem, green screen monitor, and four programs: Wordperfect, Lotus 123, dBase, and a Comm program to communicate with the mainframe and CompuServe.
     
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    Well now :red they're out of bidness now, aren't they! :knitting
     
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    "What is a computer?"

    Sure demonstrates how far things have advanced in 34 years!
     
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    Thanks for this. I was a young kid when my dad brought our first TRS80 home.
    He was a computer field engineer since before I was born, so touring large company computer rooms with elevated floors was routine for me. Realizing my current phone is more powerful than the computer I saw him install at Texas Inst. as a teen is mind blowing.
     
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    wow, it just makes me realize that any tech we buy now will be laughable in 10 years. Buy guitars!
     
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    Sure glad I waited until 1982 to buy my CoCo. I got 16k memory and Expanded Color Basic for the same price as the 1981 stripped version. Today's value - practically zilch.
    I bought a 1978 Jazz bass in 1981 for $250 including the hard case. Today's value - approx $1K. Yes, buy guitars.
     
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    That was pretty good. I enjoyed reading that catalog.
     
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    "Upgradable up to 2 megabytes!"

    LOL:rotflmao
     
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    Wow. Look at all the skinny people.
     
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    Approximately 2 megabytes. It's really 1,874,000 bytes. Read the small print. ;)
     
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    I bought a CoCo setup in '83. I think I spent nearly $600 on it. I still have the desk. My son is using it as his computer table. The computer, well, I threw it out at some point.
     
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    My first computer was a TRS-80 Model III.

    It had 4K of RAM and no floppies. It cost about $700.

    Upgrading to 16K of RAM cost $300.

    Adding a floppy drive cost $850.
    Adding a second floppy drive cost $400.

    The 9-pin dot matrix printer was $400. I can still hear the terrible sound it made.

    My dad spent that money (BIG money then) as an investment in me. He died a year or two later, but that computer changed my life. It was the first thing that ever "grabbed" me, and he saw that spark and did whatever it took to fan the flames.

    I can remember sitting with him while we took turns entering BASIC programs from a magazine. One of us would read the code while the other one would type. When one of us got tired, we would swap. Can you imagine? When done, we would save the program to cassette tape in the days before he bought me the floppy drive.

    Today I spent hours writing Python code on a Raspberry Pi 2. It has four cores, 1GB of RAM, and is smaller than one of the cassette tapes I used to use to store my programs on the TRS-80.

    Thank, Dad.
     
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    TRS-80 was the first PC in our high school. It was donated by a good friends uncle, otherwise it would have been years later. The year was 1979. Before that it was Texas Instruments Ti55 and Ti59. In college it was Basic and Fortran with card readers and big daisy wheel printouts. Those machines were beasts. I miss them.
     
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    We had a Texas Instruments TI 99/4A. I did mostly graphic design with it. A cursor was 8 pixels x 8 pixels, and you could set any pixel to one of two colors (I.e., red or blue, green or yellow, etc.) I'd make drawings on graph paper and then create the custom cursors that I'd stitch together to make images. Of course, I saved them to cassette. Dad didn't spring for the custome cassette drive, but I figured out how to record the data with my Panasonic boom box.

    Good times.

    E.
     
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    Not from Radio Shack but here is a 250mb hard drive circa 1979:
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    How about 10mb for close to $3500?:
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    I'm still chuckling at the Pocket Calculator for $250. Great stuff!
     
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    $710 in todays $$ :eeks
     

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