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Old 07-23-2017, 04:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After a Sinclair ZX80 (heavily modified and with a 'real' external keyboard) and a Commodore VIC-20 (again, heavily modified with all available bells and whistles and even a floppy drive) I bought a second hand Apple ][ Euro+ from a guy who had just ordered an Apple Lisa. That computer was (in 1982) equal in price to a family car in my country. After a string of IBM compatible PCs in bought an iMac in 2007 and never went back.

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That sure looks similar to my first computer in 1984. Mine was an Apple //e with one 5.25 floppy. I think it cost me $1995 for that setup with green screen monitor - not color. Another floppy cost me $385 I think. Also it ran at 1 mghz with only 16K RAM. Some years later I bought a Vulcan hard drive that was a whole 40 meg storage! It installed in place of the normal power supply. Such a deal at $795!

Sheesh, we've sure come a long ways... thank goodness.

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That sure looks similar to my first computer in 1984. Mine was an Apple //e with one 5.25 floppy. I think it cost me $1995 for that setup with green screen monitor - not color. Another floppy cost me $385 I think. Also it ran at 1 mghz with only 16K RAM. Some years later I bought a Vulcan hard drive that was a whole 40 meg storage! It installed in place of the normal power supply. Such a deal at $795!

Sheesh, we've sure come a long ways... thank goodness.
And I poured more money into computer stuff than in watches. Four 4 Mb memory sticks for a PC cost me 1,000 Guilders in 1987. And that external floppy drive for my VIC-20 was a whopping 1,995 Guilders! A fortune, must have been crazy
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Back in '85 I installed a 40mb hdd in my mother's PC XT (8088) in place of one of the 5.25"floppy drives. We had no idea how we would ever fill that drive up. Now, i can't get 2 RAW files from my dslr saved to that drive
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Back in '85 I installed a 40mb hdd in my mother's PC XT (8088) in place of one of the 5.25"floppy drives. We had no idea how we would ever fill that drive up. Now, i can't get 2 RAW files from my dslr saved to that drive
And with Stacker you could double that size (or so they claimed ). Ahhh, the good old days. One day a buddy called me up for advice. He was able to buy a second hand 340Mb hard drive for 1,400 Guilders (again, a fortune). Well, if you have the money go for it I told him. Now I have a key shaped USB stick that can hold 32Gb. About 100 times as much. Yes, we sure have come a long way.....
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The 128gb microSD in my GoPro Session 5 is the size of my "pinkie" nail lmao
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You know, back then memory (RAM) was pretty expensive. Since it cost so much the programmers wrote much more efficiently. Now code writers don't care how much memory it takes to do a task since it's so cheap. Now I think they do it on purpose... write sloppily so you need more memory and faster processor(s). At least Microsoft seems to write code that way.

When I worked for the FAA as a radar / computer systems specialist maybe 30 or 35 years ago, our first computer (ART-II) used core memory. It was non-volatile... meaning all the ones and zeros stayed put even when the power was lost. One circuit board containing 8K x 9 bits (1 parity bit) cost the FAA about $7k or $8k each. Yeah, we've come a long ways.
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Four20, I'm new to the forum and seem to be having an extremely difficult time focusing on anything you're actually WRITING in your posts. LOL
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I work in print and entered the industry right around when the Macintosh was just entering the graphics market. At the time RAM was running around $60 per MB and hard drives maxed out at 500MB.

We bought a couple Quadra 950's at my work in and around 1993. 33mhz processor, 128MB of RAM and 2 500MB hard drives. They cost $27,000 each. Absolutely crazy money.
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Four20, I'm new to the forum and seem to be having an extremely difficult time focusing on anything you're actually WRITING in your posts. LOL
Ahh.. focus you must, padawan
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