Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2007/03/20

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Subject: [Leica] First computer
From: len-1 at (Leonard Taupier)
Date: Tue Mar 20 11:12:32 2007
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My first personal computer was the Apple II+ in 1979. That was a huge  
investment for us then. I believe it was around $2000 with 48K of  
Ram, a green monochrome monitor and I think a 5 1/4 floppy drive that  
held something ridiculous like 160K. We eventually bought a second  
floppy for about $500. My wife was in Real Estate. We bought a 300  
baud modem to connect to the Board of Realtors data base. Now that  
was fun. I eventually got a CP/M card with 64K of it's own ram. Then  
we ran Supercalc and Wordstar. In 1985 I sold the whole thing for  
$500 including all the software I had. We bought an 8088 machine.

At work we were high class. IBM sent us a prototype pc to develop a  
modem for them. It was hand wired, one of the first prototypes. The  
operating system was on a cassette tape. I don't know if we ever made  
the modem as I was assigned to a project that we were putting into  
production. As I recall the IBM had 256 K of ram.


On Mar 20, 2007, at 2:34 PM, Jim Nichols wrote:

> Marc,
> Working at a government installation, my computer choice was made  
> by others. My first computer that they provided was a Xerox, model  
> forgotten, that used two 8-inch floppies, one providing the CP/M  
> operating system and the second handling the application software  
> and data. It provided a good introduction to spreadsheets. Their  
> next generation purchase was a Zenith 286 PC, which I was able to  
> get with two 20MB hard drives. IBM PCs were only available to those  
> who could justify them on the basis of some particular project need.
> Jim Nichols
> Tullahoma, TN USA
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Marc James Small"  
> <>
> To: "Leica Users Group" <>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2007 11:04 AM
> Subject: Re: [Leica] First computer
>> At 02:16 AM 3/20/2007, Adam Bridge wrote:
>> >TRS-80's were ROM based, Marc. They had a BASIC in ROM. Their mass
>> >storage was to cassette. There was a 2nd generation (and beyond)  
>> that
>> >had a DOS but I don't remember what it was. I don't think it was  
>> CP/M.
>> Thanks, Adam.
>> The "laptop" that Radio Shack marketed in the early 1980's was a  
>> CP/M machine.  I went from a Sinclair to a Commodore 64 to one of  
>> those laptops (model number forgotten) to my first PC.
>> Marc
>> Cha robh b?s fir gun ghr?s fir!
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