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(maj.com)   Some pages from the 1988 Radio Shack catalog, when you could get a lightning-fast 16 MHz computer and 2 MB of memory for only $2599 (installment plan available)   (maj.com) divider line
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2006-11-26 2:51:36 AM  
Soma pages? Huxley approves.
 
2006-11-26 3:02:41 AM  
Get off your lawn?
Why are we crushing your Amanita Muscaria?
 
2006-11-26 3:12:29 AM  
I still like the old Christmas flyer I found from Home-Hardware

"Nothing says Christmas like a string of Jap bulbs on your tree"
 
2006-11-26 9:22:19 AM  
was it fast enough for downloads of 80's p0rn?
 
2006-11-26 9:24:28 AM  
I'm hyped up for that revolutionary OS2 operating system.
 
2006-11-26 9:24:35 AM  
expobill:

They were so slow to deter you from downloading 80's pr0n.
 
2006-11-26 9:25:04 AM  
Haven't seen "Tandy" in years....

If this is anything to go by, our dual core cpu's are going to be the laughing stock of tech in under 10 years. :)
 
2006-11-26 9:27:51 AM  
Don't forget the hard drive
[image from i51.photobucket.com too old to be available]
 
2006-11-26 9:28:52 AM  
That cell phone looks like an Army radio!
 
2006-11-26 9:29:22 AM  
it's the phones that got me-i'm old enough to remember a time when people couldn't farking get in touch with me. like when i was at a bar, for fark's sake.

/misses pay phones
//not really
///loves his celly
 
2006-11-26 9:31:03 AM  
expobill

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.../(.) (.)\
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...'( v )`
.....\ | /
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2006-11-26 9:31:09 AM  
LUXURY!

Ran a 286 w/ 2MB RAM until 1996 when I skipped "up" to a cyrix 5x86.

I even got Windows 3.1 kinda working on the 286. Of course, no win32 apps would work. Solitaire ran.
 
2006-11-26 9:32:05 AM  
That's 2599 double cheeseburgers!
 
2006-11-26 9:32:29 AM  
Wow, back around 1987/8 my parents had one of those "car" phones, that could only be installed in the car. Big and bulky, but I can remember one year when a snow storm knocked out the phone lines and we were still able to use the car phone. SIlly now, but damn near amazing then.
 
2006-11-26 9:34:32 AM  
16MHz? Bah. CoCo 3 FTW.
 
2006-11-26 9:35:31 AM  
I remember going into my local RS with a list of what I wanted - 386DX, 4MB Ram, SVGA, 40MB HD. They quoted me $5,000 as it was a "business" computer and they'd have to order it.

Found a guy who built me one for $2,000 and I learned to upgrade it myself.
 
2006-11-26 9:35:52 AM  
I called up Radio Shack to order one of those 386 computers but the guy hung up on me.

/horrible customer service skills
 
2006-11-26 9:35:55 AM  
1 megabyte of extra memory: $429.95

The $2599 386-16 didn't even have a hard disk.

I think "internet porn" was "BBS porn" back then, 320x200 pixel GIFs. Or something.
 
2006-11-26 9:37:03 AM  
I still have a PC-6. Quite handy.
 
2006-11-26 9:37:04 AM  
I think "internet porn" was "BBS porn" back then, 320x200 pixel GIFs. Or something.

Ascii Art. And if you were lucky enough to have a 14.4kbps modem, you could even get ascii animation.
 
2006-11-26 9:37:06 AM  
sadly, I remember those days
 
2006-11-26 9:38:02 AM  
$99.95 for OS software! That's outrageous!!!

...oh wait
 
2006-11-26 9:38:17 AM  
farktimenow: That cell phone looks like an Army radio!

I actually saw people using those bricks. Not bought, mind you. I didn't see the sweet side of $2,500 to throw away on a consumer piece like that until, well...never. I still wouldn't do something like that. I'm not a first adopter, I'm a 3rd gen. guy. Let 'em work out the bugs, get the price down, then I'll bite. Those things were indeed bricks. I worked for a guy who had one and I had to use it occasionally. The convenience was somewhat offset by the crippling physical therapy bills that came with having to hold the thing up to your ear for a 5 minute conversation.
 
2006-11-26 9:39:06 AM  
[image from oldcomputers.net too old to be available]
 
2006-11-26 9:39:38 AM  
You know, I remember that some guy killed multiple people over an XBox in Florida. I wonder: is there anyone who has been in prison since, say, 1979 over killing someone for an Atari game system?
 
2006-11-26 9:40:30 AM  
I'm amazed they were actually able to convince people that they needed home computers before the internet took off.
 
2006-11-26 9:42:36 AM  
Also ran a 286 with an AST Six-Pack Memory Expansion Board. 2MB RAM. Ran Windows 3.1. I was selling PC's when the 1st Pentium 60Mhz sold for nearly $4000.

Goodtimes.
 
2006-11-26 9:43:17 AM  
Those ads are awesome, they make computers seem really important.
 
2006-11-26 9:44:34 AM  
10 CLS
20 ? "My first was a TRS-80 Color Computer"
30 ? "But I really wanted the original TRS-80"
40 If $farkuser= gullible, then 70
50 ? "But $2000 was too much for an 8-year old"
60 end
70 ? "But it wouldn't fit into our house."
80 end

/no idea if that's right
 
2006-11-26 9:47:51 AM  
i had a trs-80 color computer, that thing was awesome! i even had the cartridge changer *gasp!*
 
2006-11-26 9:48:08 AM  
mindbuzz: Those ads are awesome, they make computers seem really important.

Yeah!! Because computers play NO ROLE in our lives!!
 
2006-11-26 9:48:46 AM  
10 CLS
20 ? "My first was a TRS-80 Color Computer"
30 ? "But I really wanted the original TRS-80"
40 If $farkuser= gullible, then 70
50 ? "But $2000 was too much for an 8-year old"
60 end
70 ? "But it wouldn't fit into our house."
80 end


SYNTAX ERROR IN LINE 40
 
2006-11-26 9:49:49 AM  
Mugato: I'm amazed they were actually able to convince people that they needed home computers before the internet took off.

Man, it was the FUTURE! One we had been promised for decades! The flying car was just around the corner!

I remember seeing my first Commodore 64, sometime in the 80's and thinking, "wow, here we go!" I had all sorts of plans, some of which are just now proving feasible(the wife just started editing home movies at a level that I was interested in doing at home on a computer in '87 or so. To do it at the level we are doing it, I would have had to drop a couple of hundred thou, easily). For some of them, my enthusiasm ran out long ago, but some still resonate. And there were online communities, I was a member of some user group for Commodores online that I think Steve Case was runningm, if my memory serves.
 
2006-11-26 9:49:51 AM  
That's lovely, but can it run Manic Miner?
 
2006-11-26 9:50:20 AM  
Tbjazz: i had a trs-80 color computer, that thing was awesome! i even had the cartridge changer *gasp!*

Ooo with the 16K ROM expansion?

/and you try to tell it to kids these days...
 
2006-11-26 9:50:56 AM  
Dorf11: /no idea if that's right

You used "?" instead of "PRINT". Your BASIC-fu is strong. Negative points for not including an infinite loop though.
 
2006-11-26 9:51:02 AM  
I feel like a dinosaur because I'm still using a g-3!
donate to me because I told an apartment neighbor I'd help her by toss her computer in the trash in for her.
replaced the mouse and viola!
 
2006-11-26 9:51:13 AM  
I remember the excitement when I ran my first basic computer program. I thought it was just so cool to see the words "HELLO!" run up the screen.

10 PRINT "HELLO!"
20 GOTO 10

RUN

HELLO!
HELLO!
HELLO!
HELLO!
HELLO!
HELLO!
 
2006-11-26 9:52:05 AM  
aphexcoil: SYNTAX ERROR IN LINE 40

You'd be amazed how much blunt force the top of a Color Computer could withstand.
 
2006-11-26 9:52:22 AM  
[image from sonic.net too old to be available]
A moment of silence for a dear, departed friend, please.

/removes hat
 
2006-11-26 9:53:31 AM  
"Providing minicomputer performance in a PC"

uh? What?
 
2006-11-26 9:53:44 AM  
man, that old-farkward in the ad!
nobody in advertising uses an older person to sell anything except for lipitor!
gen~xers have th e$$
 
2006-11-26 9:53:50 AM  
My first computer had an 8086 processor. The sad thing is that when we finally pulled it out of the closet and hauled it off in the mid-90s, I didn't think to save the chip. That would have been the most pimperriffic memento ever.

I still have my old Pentium II processor, though.
 
2006-11-26 9:54:51 AM  
Dorf11: You'd be amazed how much blunt force the top of a Color Computer could withstand.

I realized early on I was a hardware repair/user type, not a programmer.

I AM NOT THAT farkING DETAIL ORIENTED! WHAT ERROR! I SEE NO ERROR! WHAT LINE?!!?! SYNTAX!!?!?WTF??!?!?ARRRRHGHHGHE??!?

Much better after I figured that out.
 
2006-11-26 9:57:06 AM  
My first

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2006-11-26 9:57:35 AM  
Atari 800 for the win...Better than Apple I, II or Commode-door 64 any day of the week...

[image from vintage-computer.com too old to be available]

And with an ATR-8000 add on module, competed easily with the first gen intel based PC's

[image from atariki.krap.pl too old to be available]
 
2006-11-26 9:59:28 AM  
#include <stdio.h>
#include <math.h>
int main()
{
int numberInLine;
double x = 0;
int i;
while (1 == 1)
{
numberInLine = sin(x / 50) * 35 + 40;
i = 1;
while (i <= numberInLine)
{
printf ("0");
i = i + 1;
}
printf("\n");
numberInLine = sin(x / 51) * 35 + 40;
i = 1;
while (i <= numberInLine)
{
printf ("|");
i = i + 1;
}
printf("\n");
numberInLine = sin(x / 49) * 35 + 40;
i = 1;
while (i <= numberInLine)
{
printf ("H");
i = i + 1;
}
x = x + 1;
printf("\n");
}
return 0;
}
//Try it, biatches!
 
2006-11-26 10:00:06 AM  
"You can also add a horn alert that informs you of an incoming call by sounding the horn or lighting the headlapms."
Huh?
 
2006-11-26 10:00:11 AM  
still have quick basic programs spread sheets
if... let loops
and remember using omega software to draw!

/listening to new enigma recording
 
2006-11-26 10:02:29 AM  
10 x=1
20 x=x+1
30 print x
40 goto 20
run
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