Hardware of Yore

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  1. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    I thought the Supersport came after the Z181 which I purchased in 1988. The historic documents suggest that it was the other way around but they list the Z181 as launching in 1993. No way. I started the student purchase program for my law school with Zenith Data Systems in 1987. I was waiting for the Z181 to be released. It came in '88. I kept it until the mid-1990s when I decided I could no longer live without a hard drive.
     
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  2. Shizaru

    Shizaru Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Honestly I can't remember exactly and you may be right, my memory is telling me it was either 8086 or 8088, I would have to track down some old spec sheets to see how wrong I am. Goldfish are reputed to have a better memory retention than I have, and age isn't making the situation any better.
     
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  3. sonichedgehog360

    sonichedgehog360 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    I just saw this funny meme while casually browsing the web:

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  4. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    Old Steve was a heck of a salesman

     
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  5. stoneseeker

    stoneseeker Animator and Art Director Senior Member

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    my wife found really old textbooks and children encyclopedias from the 50's and I saw this little gem:
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    I feel like it belongs here..? I got a chuckle.
     
  6. sitongia

    sitongia Scribbler - Standard Member

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    The first computer I got my hands on was (probably, given the date, 1973) the HP 9830A, a desktop computer running BASIC. The first computer I owned (well, had to go in on it with roommates in college because it cost about one month's rent) was the Sinclair ZX80. That was a cool little computer. Actually hooked up to a TV! It had an external video display!
     
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  7. jvloyola

    jvloyola Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I came across this video today pretty interesting story:



    Vinny
     
  8. Steve S

    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    Not hardware, but something that might be of interest.

    I was cleaning out a box in my office and I came across these two issues of the obscure Pen Computing magazine. As best I can tell, these issues were from August, 2003 and sometime in mid-2004. The magazines were never dated because the publishing schedule was so erratic. The publisher was Conrad Blickenstorfer, who started the magazine a decade earlier in 1993:

    "Back in 1993, we didn't know any better. So we picked about the worst possible industry to cover, pen computing, and got started. What a ride it has been..."

    IIRC, the magazine effectively ceased publication shortly after the 2004 issue shown below, but for a while, it was about the only authoritative source of information for the (then) infant tablet market... RIP, Pen Computing...

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  9. thatcomicsguy

    thatcomicsguy Pen Pro - Senior Member Senior Member

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    Nice find!

    I could probably spend a couple of hours today perusing those, and not just from a memory lane perspective; there's at least one article I want to read! ("Hold on! There was a Toshiba M205 ??")
     
  10. Steve S

    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    <<...there's at least one article I want to read!..>>

    Which one? the M205? I can attempt to scan it for you...
     
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