"Mark Metzler wrote:
I was in WalMart last night, and I swung by the Electronics area. I was curious as to how much a replacement drive would cost me for my PC at home, which has a 17gb drive in it. They had a 80gig drive sitting on the shelf next to the surge suppressors for $70. Never mind that it comes with the software to copy everything to the new drive. So I stood there trying to do the math on what it would cost to equate that volume of storage with ST506 drives at $1995.00 a pop. My head started hurting, so I rounded the ST506 to $2000.
It would take 16,000 ST506’s to reach the memory of the drive in WalMart (again sitting on the shelf, not behind a locked cabinet).
At $2000.00 a pop, it would cost me $32,000,000.00.
Now that would have been a nice sale, but would have been stolen by Jim Scharffe or Mike Daniel.
Here is another perspective. If stacked on top of one another, they would be as tall as a 667 story building.
If from sea level, they would stack high enough to top the tallest building in Downtown Denver.
If sold with a cabinet and power supply, Josef Rabinowitz would be retired. "
"Ohmigod! I'm reminded of when I worked for Heath Kline at Priority One Electronics in Chatsworth...and before that for Galaxy Computers in Woodland Hills when the Commodore 64 was introduced! We thought it huge compared to the Timex Sinclair...."
"We both have been into computers since 1970's & currently own 6 OSBORNE's in working condition. Although we use DOS now, we miss cpm & how actually FAST it was compared to Windows. We miss dBase. Append as well instead of Access now. We still have data on 5 1/4" discs we need to put into the dos machines we use now.
Sorry to hear you are leaving the business - we certainly hope you find a buyer who will keep the collection intact!
Best to you & your wonderful efforts!"
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IQ80186 (not sure of exact name) introduced in 1984-85 by International Quartz Ltd of Hong Kong. One of many PC’s introduced by companies in the Far East, as it seemed to be the thing to do. Intel was phasing out the 8088 CPU and offered the 80186. It looked like the migration path was the 80186 but Intel jumped to the 80286 for improved graphics. This computer was displayed at Comdex a couple times but eventually failed due t lack of funding for a US entity to bring it to market. This computer was actually used by the chairman, Herbert Cheng’s daughter when she attended Berkeley. A nice historical donation from V. Wortman of VW Communications.
NEC APC-H03 Computer vintage 1982. With (2) 8" disk drives and in excellent condition. Includes NEC APC-H25 Keyboard in original box, NEC PC-8023A-C Printer, NEC and application software on 8" floppy disks, Original Manuals and documentation including NEC CP/M, Concurrent CP/M, MSDOS, P system, Graphics applications, dbase II, Digital Research CBasic and Graphics extensions, Autodesk AutoCad, Micropro Wordstar, Spellstar, Mailmerge, Sorcim SuperCalc, Mouse, Mousepad and more.
Also Spare parts including all circuit cards, Floppy disks, Power supply, Main chassis, all removed from another working NEC APC H03. Nice system in working condition donated by R. Becker.