#Retrocomputing 1982’s Corvus Concept. Pushed the limits on everything in the age: 68000 processor, bitmap display (that rotated!), built-in hard drive and networking, a proprietary OS based on the UCSD p-system, hosted FORTRAN and Pascal development environment. We thought this was going to eat everybody’s lunch.But at $5000 the IBM PC and clones beat it. http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?c=653
#retrocomputing Get Rich Quick schemes from the classified ads section of Popular Electronics, 1977.
Tonight’s #retrocomputing: my favorite kit from the late 70s, the OAE Op-80A paper tape reader. Very simple, just 11 chips (nine 555s to denounce the phototransistors, a flip-flop to latch the parallel output based on the feed hole, and a few NAND gates). You provided the motive power for pulling the tape through, not too fast for whatever you were sending the parallel output to. I used it to write Apple I programs offline on paper tape and type them in fast, before we got the tape interface.
#Retrocomputing 1985: Mac HD20, a $1499 hard drive that plugged into the external floppy port of the Mac 512K and Mac 512Ke. Look at that 15-second spin up time!
Mastodoons and Tooters, I present to you the now instantly historic #SFGiants Fan Face-Beer. https://twitter.com/TheColonelSez/status/1034671587893465091?s=20
#retrocomputing May 1977: a color TV in a kit.. Not only digital channel selection, but PROGRAMMABLE: you could set it up to automatically change channels every hour all evening long. 17 individual circuit boards, each with dozens of hand-soldered components. $729.95. Remote control an additional $99.95.
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