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Orange buttons were the blue LEDs of the early 80s

@natecull if you were lucky you had an orange button AND a blue button, like my mom's HP calculator.

With 16K internal RAM and a TS2020 tape memory for jacking those ROMs, all in a street-ready case, no Gibson was secure.

oldcomputers.net/ts1500.html

@natecull 1983 was kinda the high point for the early 80s microcomputer boom, e.g. in the UK in 1983 Acorn couldn't make their Electrons fast enough, they were selling so many it was basically free money, but by 1984 demand had fallen to the point that they had "£43 million of unsaleable stock" and by Feburary 1985 the company had lost 85% of its value and then got bought out by Olivetti

@natecull computers: a fad toy from Christmas 1983 that somehow stuck around

@jk @natecull In the US, it was a bit more complicated - the big crash wasn't the 1984 computer crash, it was the 1983 video game crash.

Of course, the computer price war didn't help, and it did have backlash against the computers, too. (We never really got the Spectrum - the TS2068 was an enhanced Spectrum semi-compatible, but it failed miserably - and the BBC Micro was a colossal flop in the US, so it was mainly Commodore and TI in the price war, as well as Atari and Apple here.)

@jk @natecull And, of course, the Tandy machines, which also played in the price war, as mentioned elsewhere in the thread. (Tandy also capitalized on the PCjr's failure, to dominate the low-end of the IBM PC compatible market, with the Tandy 1000, their own PCjr clone.)

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The popularity of the Sinclair ZX81 led to a flurry of ultra-low-end (sub $200) computers, typically with so-so graphics and truly terrible keyboards.

A family friends' kid had the Radio Shack one.

I eventually convinced my family to get a CoCo 2 but it was kind of disappointing without the extended Basic that my folks didn't spring for.

@natecull nostalgia... remembers my first matra alice (french equivalent to MC10 ) ( and friend of mine had an aquarius).

@natecull Everything should come with a qwerty keyboard dock. Toasters, cars, children, etc.