And we complain about computer prices today?!

old school computer

I remember having most of this stuff…minus the modem and printers.  I learned how to program in BASIC on the ATARI 2600 with a tape drive to store all the data.  Those were the days, 6 pages of code to make some stupid looking pixel gorilla walk across the screen.  I built my first computer out of an 8086 with a 2400 baud modem.  BBS all the way!!!!  Here is the caption with this picture.

Home computer

(Tribune archive photo)

The cost of setting up a home computer in 1983 was, from left: printer $499, cassette recorder $59, central processing unit $1,000, modem $149 and graphics printer $995.
So the grand total for all of those parts is…$2,702.  Mind you this is for a system where you manually had to boot the damn thing…lol.  There was no BIOS chips back then with memory on them.  Fun stuff.  Check out the jump to see a bunch of other old systems and technology from the hay-day of computers.

~ by steamcrypt on September 5, 2009.

One Response to “And we complain about computer prices today?!”

  1. I remember these old computers, I am not a geek, I just remember DOS and they would run soooooo slow, I could knit a sweater waiting for the next screen. ahhhh, those were the good old days….NOT!

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