"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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Apricot F-10 1982 vintage personal computer. The F-10 is a Single floppy with Hard Drive version of the Apricot F1. This F-10 has a slight crack on rear right but otherwise excellent example of some of the more interesting and innovative packaging used on the early PC's.
Rockwell AIM-65 Homebrew system with Video on bottom of the enclosure. Also includes Blue Chip Printer Interface and set of ROM's with 4th Language and other ROM sets. Very nice system donated by J. Nestor..
KayPro II all original. Complete with padded case, manuals, software and complete set of KayPro Profles Magazines (see more photos). This stuff would bring a tear to David Kay. Nice system donated by Jim G of Huntington Beach, CA.
TI Professional PC with TI Monitor, Software and TI Lies Newsletter. Very nice system in working condition. When TI made its entry into the PC arena (owned by IBM) they solicited all of the top tier dealers in America and had them sign a non-disclosure to see and preview their new PC. They created some real excitement that quickly waned as their super secret version of th PC did everything but run IBM PC software. What a cop out and TI ate the big one on the Professional.
Not PC compatible then get to the bottom of the list!
Designed to go after Osborne, the Kaypro II had 64K of RAM, dual Tandon SS/DD 5 1/4" Floppy Drives, plus a huge 9" green screen (Osborne only 5" screen). It is said that "2010: A Space Odyssey" was written on a Kaypro! Key advantage was software including Wordstar, Perfect series and more.
First came the ZX80 followed by the ZX81. Sir Clive Sinclair really put the PC indusry on its ear when he released the USA version of the ZX81, the Timex 1000, for under 100 bucks in 1982. Yes for $99.95. Our new system includes boxed 16K RAM module, ZX81 computer plus software ad manuals. All in original boxes and in nice condition. Timex has only 4 chips, the Z80A CPU, ROM, static RAM and custom chip. Users detested cheap keyboard so many versions followed by 3rd parties with better keyboards. However for the price it was one of the best deals at the time!
The Apricot FP was released in 1984. It was one of the first PC's to have Speech Recognition, infrared mouse, infared keyboard and the GEM O/S. This is the white model with 512Kb RAM, there was also a black model with 256Kb. It did have some compatibility issues with the IBM PC and the display did not have backlight so it was difficult to see. Uses a 8085 cpu operating at 5MHz and has bulit-in 3.5 inch floppy. This is a gem and it is in pristine condition. Check out the innovative carrying case and light pipe!
Vintage Northstar Horizon System in excellent working condition. Includes SOROC IQ-120 Terminal with Northstar labled function keys. Plus NEC 9510 SpinWriter. Donation by Carol Amato of Stargazer Publishing in Corona, CA.
Kaypro 2000 introduced in 1985. This was Kaypro's first laptop. The black brushed-aluminum case is very unique and the look is somewhat eerie. It has been called the Darth Vader of laptops. This computer is very rare and is in fair condition.