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1981 Personal Computer Catalog

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the old-skool dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 437

edibobb writes "I just fired up my scanner and uploaded the 35-page 1981 (+/- 1 year) personal computer catalog from American Small Business Computers. 16K RAM for $22; 10 megabyte hard drive, 5 meg fixed and 5 removeable, with 14-inch platters; 25-character per second printer. Things have changed a bit since then!"

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A link on swbell.net? Oh, that'll last. (-1, Troll)

Mr. Darl McBride (704524) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014894)

The original site is on swbell.net (traceroute to see for yourself) -- I'm not sure how well that will weather a slashdotting. Methinks "edibobb" is about to discover what 'reasonable bandwidth use' means.

When swbell.net can't take the hurting anymore, here's a mirror [skittlebrau.org] for ya.

MOD PARENT DOWN - DISGUSTING PHOTO (3, Troll)

Bryan Ischo (893) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014932)

If you click on any of the images from the site that he has mirrored, you get the goatse.cx photo. Parent poster is a retarded child.

Re:MOD PARENT DOWN - DISGUSTING PHOTO (0, Troll)

consolidatedbord (689996) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015101)

It's times like these that I wish I had modpoints. It's a shame that your post will be stuck at Troll. Oh well, it's only karma I guess.

Re:A link on swbell.net? Oh, that'll last. (0, Troll)

PedanticSpellingTrol (746300) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014945)

Parent is a troll, Page 27 is the infamous hello.jpg

Re:A link on swbell.net? Oh, that'll last. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9014947)

catalog27.jpg is the goatse man! AHHHHH MY EYES!!!!!!!!!!

Not bad, not bad. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9014965)

Amazing, appearantly he can switch the goatse redirection on and off. It's currently off.

Re:Not bad, not bad. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015116)

He's not switching it on and off, just rotating it to other places. A minute ago it was catalog34.jpg

Oh, that'll last. (1, Insightful)

Lord Prox (521892) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014967)

Me thinks he is hosting his site on some of that very same hardware from the catalogs. The site is /.ed with only 5 comments, this might be some kind of record.
BTW thanks for the mirror, quick thinking.

I think I will start selling /. insurance

Re:Oh, that'll last. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015027)

The site is /.ed with only 5 comments

No, it's not, actually. Peforming fairly well at the moment.

Would the next person who plans to comment about a site being /.ed please suck on the business end of a shotgun... and also ask someone to check to see if it really is /.ed, and shoot you again for good measure if it's not?

Re:A link on swbell.net? Oh, that'll last. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9014982)

You sir are my hero, I love you.

Please connect to irc.pihost.us and join #gnaa

Re:A link on swbell.net? Oh, that'll last. (2, Informative)

josh3736 (745265) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015037)

Parent is indeed a troll. Shot of goatse man instead of catalog page. [fdns.net] (Blurred for your protection) It appears he is rotating the goatse man. Please mod down parent. Seems as though someone has way too much time on their hands and absolutely no life.

Re:A link on swbell.net? Oh, that'll last. (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015040)

Has any of the mods actually LOOKED at the mirror site? Picture by picture? For instance picture #22 (catalog22.jpg)?

Re:A link on swbell.net? Oh, that'll last. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015043)

Thank you. You're so nice, I almost wanna pay my $699 licensing fee.

Re:A link on swbell.net? Oh, that'll last. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015063)

AHHHH! MY EYES!

I thought my retina had been scarred enough by my first viewing of Goatse. Since then I have been lucky enough to only catch glimpses and look away quickly. This time, I was intently peering at what I thought was going to be an old-school daisy wheel printer, and....

Re:A link on swbell.net? Oh, that'll last. (2, Funny)

NsinR8R (689661) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015070)

Catalog19.jpg on the skittlebrau mirror was "wholly" unexpected....

things have changed (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9014897)

I never had to worry about getting a first post either... .gm

Re:things have changed (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9014916)

And now are you worried that YOU FAILED IT?

Made in USA? (5, Insightful)

Bryan Ischo (893) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014900)

One thing I notice is that 20+ years ago alot more high tech development seemed to have been happening all over the USA, instead of being highly concentrated in just a few places as seems to be the case now. Printers from Florida? Word Processors from Oklahoma? I remember reading the the original MOS chips were manufactured in PA in the 1970s! If I bought a printer today and the box said that it was manufactured anywhere other than Taiwan or China, let alone Florida or Oklahoma, I'd be shocked!

Re:Made in USA? (2, Funny)

xs650 (741277) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015005)

As soon as they made some money, they left those places.

Re:Made in USA? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015010)

Well then, why don't the programmers/engineers in the US stop charging too much money, and realize that their job position can be replaced with a half-trained monkey. Or Indian.

You are not that smart. Learn it. Live it.

Re:Made in USA? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015044)

The equipment was actually made to last back then, unlike the shit made in the 3rd world today.

More like OEM'ed to the USA (1)

Hobart (32767) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015204)

That "Pro/Writer" printer was one I had for my Atari back in the 80s.

It's made by C.Itoh [citizen-america.com] in Japan. It's originally the C.Itoh 8510A , it's also known as the Apple Imagewriter.

Of course, Japan itself has moved a lot of its production to cheaper Asian countries by now. :)

Blast from the Past (5, Funny)

General Sherman (614373) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014911)

I don't see what's so special, it's just like taking the tour inside NASA.

the story as given in the synopsis (0, Interesting)

treat (84622) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014912)

would imply that this is duplication and distribution of copyrighted material without the knowledge, consent, or license of the copyright holder.

What does this imply about the intersection of copyright law and natural rights?

Blame the mouse... (1)

quinkin (601839) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014923)

Blame the mouse...

Q.

Oh the hair and the suits. (5, Funny)

nlinecomputers (602059) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014922)

Those guys in those suits. Did we really dress like that? Fuck I'm old.....

Re:Oh the hair and the suits. (4, Funny)

FuzzyBad-Mofo (184327) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015013)

If it's any consolation, it's not so much their clothing as the dorky mustaches.. ^_^

spot the geek (3, Funny)

ksheff (2406) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014928)

In this picture [xpda.com] which one do you think is the compsci geek and which one is in league with the devil (aka the Marketing guy)?

Weird.... Al (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9014935)

You're using a 286, don't make me laugh!

Obviously Weird Al hasn't tried Linux, I bet it'd smoke on one of these machines.

Remember Bill Gate's quote? (1, Funny)

spangineer (764167) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014939)

Yes, I'm quoting Bill Gates. It won't happen again. But it's relevant and interesting:

"No one will need more than 637 kb of memory for a personal computer." (SaidWhat [saidwhat.co.uk] )
(early 1970s)

Re:Remember Bill Gate's quote? (4, Informative)

Chess_the_cat (653159) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014997)

You must be the last guy on earth to believe he actually said that. He didn't. [berkeley.edu]

Re:Remember Bill Gate's quote? (1)

BTWR (540147) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015016)

Wasn't that proven a myth? I can't find the exact snopes link right now, but I'm fairly sure I read that it's untrue...

Re:Remember Bill Gate's quote? (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015062)

Yes, I'm quoting Bill Gates. It won't happen again. But it's relevant and interesting:

At least it would be if A) we hadn't already read it a thousand times already, and B) it weren't apocrypal.

Re:Remember Bill Gate's quote? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015161)

Thank god you're making fun of Bill Gates. I almost made it through an entire set of comments without noticing this one. Then I'd be forced to look at yesterday's stories for typical and redundant MS/Gates bashing.

Bless you, kind sir, for reminding me what this site is really about.

1981? Not Later? (5, Interesting)

angst_ridden_hipster (23104) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014940)

I suspect that was actually from later than 1981.

In 1980, I spent $269 for 16k RAM for my TRS-80.

That was 4116s, too. I can't believe I spent nearly an order of magnitude too much, since I watched prices in 80-Micro and Byte like a hawk.

My (ahem) memory could be failing, but I think this may have been more recent than 1981...

Re:1981? Not Later? (geezing!) (5, Interesting)

Rick Zeman (15628) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015002)

n 1980, I spent $269 for 16k RAM for my TRS-80.

Ugh, that's way worse than me first populating my Apple II 1mb RAM card at about $100 per 128k with those silly bank of 8 chips. I was forever bending those little feet. I almost got a woody when Macs with SIMMS came along. :)

Re:1981? Not Later? (5, Funny)

Mr. Troll (202208) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015090)

Check out the MTBF on the printer:

1 year at 75% duty cycle. That's AWFUL....unlike my modern Lexmark, which only cost me $40, I mean that thing lasted.....oh wait

At least todays crappy printers don't weigh 44 freakin pounds..

Too Pricey (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9014944)

I'm not upgrading my memory until it drops to a buck per K, a few months from now.

Here I sit (3, Informative)

GlassUser (190787) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014946)

Watching it die. Didn't finish the index, so I decided to let it load one image. 33% and it seems to be decreasing exponentially.

Re:Here I sit (5, Funny)

DrunkenTerror (561616) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014989)

Nice mailto, Ass In Gap. That's your Indian name from now on.

Re:Here I sit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015032)

Mod this up - comedy gold!

Re:Here I sit (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015110)

In Soviet Russia, Goatse boy has Gap in Ass!

Phone number (5, Informative)

kavachameleon (637997) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014949)

The phone number given is now the phone number for Upperspace [upperspace.com] . They make CAD software.

Re:Phone number (5, Informative)

zjbs14 (549864) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015192)

Same company, different products. Back in the later 1980's they released Design CAD as a low-cost alternative to AutoCAD. My parents' company actually used to by Corvus stuff from these guys.

If you've ever been to Pryor, OK, you'd be amazed that anything technical would have come from a town like that.

Check out those hairdos and moustaches... (5, Funny)

isny (681711) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014954)

What do you think? [xpda.com] 1970s Pr0n stars or computer salesmen? You be the judge!

a blast from the present (4, Funny)

ChipMonk (711367) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014966)

Things have changed a bit since then!

Yeah, the Slashdot effect hadn't been invented yet.

Oh man (4, Interesting)

ryanr (30917) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014971)

I really wanted one of those Corvus drives about that time. You could hook your Apple ][ up to them, several simultaneously, in fact. They functioned like a rudimentary network. If I coulda had a whole 10 *MB*... that would have been like having 70(!) simultaneous 143K floppy disks worth. The warez board I would have run....

That remind me, I should pick up a few more drives, and finish off my home Terabyte...

Re:Oh man (4, Interesting)

netringer (319831) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015056)

I really wanted one of those Corvus drives about that time. You could hook your Apple ][ up to them, several simultaneously, in fact. They functioned like a rudimentary network.
AND as I recall as Local Area Networks began viable Corvus took that file sharing idea and became known as....guess who?


.......Novell!

Ethernet was WAY too expensive. At first we used 4mb/sec Arcnet. It had a maximum of 256 nodes and you had to set the address of each one by hand on DIP switches.

Re:Oh man (1)

ryanr (30917) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015175)

Really? I didn't do any Novell until about 2.0A, I didn't realize that's what happened to Corvus. Cool.

Wow (2, Funny)

krray (605395) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014981)

You did all that ... and then posted it on /. ?

I will say ... you have a bigger set (or more bandwidth) than me!

Definition of server masochism (n): (4, Funny)

ErikTheRed (162431) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014985)

A desire to cause pain to one's server, primarily though the Slashdot linking of an article that consists of nothing but large .jpg images. This condition should be treated immediately with extensive psychiatric care (the glowing and smoking remains of the server can be hosed down once the heat dies down enough to allow approach).

Re:Definition of server masochism (n): (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015203)

Pointless troll: Notice how nobody except this troll responded to your post, maybe your idea isn't so great

Mirror... (5, Informative)

Copperhead (187748) | more than 10 years ago | (#9014999)

I mirrored the site here [wcupa.edu] since his site doesn't seem to be weathering the storm. If you see broken images, it's because I'm still wgetting it.

I'll take it down if he wants me to, of course, but I thought it would help.

marketing (4, Interesting)

shams42 (562402) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015000)

To me, what is even more striking than the change in computer technology is the change in marketing! Everytime I see an early 80s advertisement, I just want to laugh at the naivete. Is this presentism, or have modern ads really become that much more compelling?

Re:marketing (4, Interesting)

SmackCrackandPot (641205) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015134)

Everytime I see an early 80s advertisement, I just want to laugh at the naivete. Is this presentism, or have modern ads really become that much more compelling?

I think modern adverts are much more serious; Back in the 80's everything was much more laid back and relaxed. I've got a collection of old Byte magazines from this time; For those adverts in color, the advertisers usually took the companies name literally (Eg. Smoke Signal Systems would have a company meeting with everyone looking as if they were having an 1850's fancy dress party). If that didn't work, then a beautiful woman in cocktail party dress was an alternative. Alternatively, using D&D characters (wizards, trolls) wouldn't be too bad either.

A good retro web page is TheOldComputer.Com [theoldcomputer.com]

Re:marketing (4, Insightful)

Quill_28 (553921) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015152)

Or who they are marketing to.

I am guessing you were marketing to a more informed crowd.

Re:marketing (1)

allrong (445675) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015158)

Modern computing adverts compelling? Maybe the rendered graphics for gaming equipment, but not ads in general. Maybe it's just me choking with cynicism at Microsoft home user and HP ads (HP innovation? Now?), but MS .Net and IBM ads are simply lame. The only people that they could possibly compel is a PHB with no brain (okay, so there a quite a few of them around). They don't even bother to translate them from American here in Aus.

The only thing they compell me to do is throw up.

Things were a lot different then.... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015003)

No threat of some lawsuit company charging you $699 for innocently using a nifty free OS.

Virus checker? Who needs it.

No DRM either

Coincidentally... (3, Funny)

griffitts (739673) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015006)

The gear shown in this catalog is the only equipment that current Corel products will run flawlessly on.

ah, the trs-80 color computer (2)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015018)

i had one of these, with 4K of memory... i remember programming john carmack's game of life in assembly language on that one, the 6509 instruction set... geez...

trs-80 color computer [oldcomputers.net]

Re:ah, the trs-80 color computer (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015031)

Er...that would be John Conway's Game of Life. Less fragging.

Re:ah, the trs-80 color computer (1)

richkh (534205) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015039)

Bzzzt! Not quite - you mean the 6809. 6509 sounds like a bastard stepchild of that and the 6502.

Sorta... (2, Informative)

poptones (653660) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015138)

Actually, the coco DID run a 6809, not a 6509. But don't think there weren't 6509s, too. The 6501 was the original as in the CAT single board computers and early apples, but when the 6502 was on the big screen in all those commodores Rockwell (and others) licensed the tech and had whole families of chips oriented toward embedded systems. They were the 6503, 6504, 6505, 6506, etc. and had fewer pins (24-28 pins). Then there was the 6510, which was a 6502 core with a multiplexed parallel port where part of the address bus would be on the 6502, etc.

So... what would you expect the 6509 to be used for? It didn't have the math instructions of the 6809, but it (and the 6510) did have certain useful features [funet.fi] when it came to making "personal computers" of the day.

Joke I played (4, Funny)

Bryan Ischo (893) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015021)

I found an old Fry's Electronics San Jose Mercury News ad section in a box of old papers at my father-in-law's house once a couple of moths ago. As a joke I replaced the ad in that day's newspaper with it. It was funny seeing his reaction later that evening when he browsed to the Fry's section to check out the day's deals as he normally does. It took a little while before he realized what was going on. Fry's ads from 1989 look almost identical to those of today, but the 386's listed for $2500 and dot matrix printers for $500 eventually tipped him off to the joke.

It's a stupid story, but I thought it was funny.

pffft ... $ 2500 for a 386 machine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015073)

I remember when they sold for $15,000+

Re:Joke I played (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015094)

A couple of moths ago? Is that some kind of esoteric measure of time? How long do moths live, or are you eating them?

Stuff that matters? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015026)

I think not.

Credit Cards (4, Insightful)

Traxton1 (154182) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015028)

Holy crap, people actually paid more to use credit cards back then? People don't even carry cash anymore. I wonder how freaked out people would be now-a-days if I told them I was adding 3% to their purchase.

Re:Credit Cards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015126)

I believe that the contracts for most of the credit card things now, the merchant has to deal with it and can't chrage the consumer extra for using a credit card. Although this might just be something I heard somewhere and can't source.

Re:Credit Cards (4, Interesting)

Quill_28 (553921) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015137)

hmmmm... I have actually shredded my credit cards and have one debit card used for gas and internet purchases.

Cash makes the perfect budget, can spend what you don't have.

Just remember I think it is Sears that makes more money on financing than they do selling stuff. My understanding is that this is becoming the norm.

Yes, I know my post if offtopic.

Re:Credit Cards (2, Interesting)

jfdawes (254678) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015164)

Try asking for the 3% back if you pay by cash. I once bought something for around $900 and insisted that if they didn't give me the 3% back I'd use American Express (6.4% at the time from memory)

Re:Credit Cards (1)

sr180 (700526) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015178)

Well, here in Australia, the banks are over charging for their merchant accounts so much that we are all having to pay 3% or so on our credit card purchases. In fact our National Carrier Telsra just announced it for landline phone services...

THINGS HAVEN'T CHANGED AT ALL. (4, Funny)

Peter Cooper (660482) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015034)

Things have changed a bit since then!

SOME OF US DO NOT HAVE THE FANCY MONEY TO SPEND ON 300 BAUD MODEMS AND EGA SCREENS AND HAVE TO MAKE DO WITH WHAT WE HAVE GOT. I RECENTLY SAVED UP TEN BUCKS TO BUY A 32K EXPANSION PACK FOR MY COMMODORE PET. IT IS NOT PRETTY BUT IT WORKS.

BEFORE YOU ASK HOW I AM ON THE ARPANET, I AM ACCESSING VIA PACKET RADIO SERVICE. MY NEAREST REPEATER IS 25 MILES AWAY AND THEN THE NEXT REPEATER ON HAS A FOURTEEN POINT FOUR KILOBIT MODEM CONNECTION TO THE ARPANET. I WAS SENT THIS MAIL BY A FRIEND OF A FRIEND WHO HAS WINDOWS AND HAVE READ IT AND AM WRITING THIS REPLY ON MY COMMODORE PET USING KA9Q AND PINE.

BEST REGARDS AND 73S
PETER COOPER
STATION WS47X

Re:THINGS HAVEN'T CHANGED AT ALL. (1)

Inthewire (521207) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015157)

Junis?

Re:THINGS HAVEN'T CHANGED AT ALL. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015199)

Seems that the Caps Lock key is broken on newer computers.

The hair in the pic.. (2, Funny)

api_syurga (443557) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015035)

Oh my Gawd!!The hair!!Noo!!!

Tech specs (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015057)

Did anyone else notice how incredibly detailed the specifications for these devices were in the catalogue. I mean these days a floppy drive listing rarely exceeds 2 sentences.

Nasty (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015065)

Watch out for cataloge picture number 34...

Idiot... (0, Troll)

afabbro (33948) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015066)

If you don't have the bandwidth, don't submit it.

Re:Idiot... (1)

Quill_28 (553921) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015121)

blizzard.com has been slashdotted

think before you start calling people idiots.

Slashdot effect (5, Funny)

JustinXB (756624) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015067)

Thanks to the Slashdot effect, you get to see the catalog at 1981 speeds!!!

hmmm Fasssst Memory! (1)

Lawrence_Bird (67278) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015083)

200 ns! 16K modules.. easy to install! those were the days.
I still have a bunch of old Apple magazines from about the
same error. Computers were a lot more fun then. People
spent a lot more time hacking hardware rather than figuring out why the OS just bsod again.. oh well

My ENIAC boasts unbreakable security! (5, Funny)

rice_burners_suck (243660) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015085)

16K RAM for $22; 10 megabyte hard drive, 5 meg fixed and 5 removeable, with 14- inch platters; 25-character per second printer.

You think that's advanced technology, eh? You should come to my place sometime and check out my ENIAC. You have to be the 1337est of the '1337 to operate this thing. No hard drive. No mouse. No graphics... hell, there ain't even a CLI for cryin' out loud! (Real Programmers don't need no stinkin' user interface.) To enter commands into this baby, you gotta connect hundreds upon hundreds of wires, kind of like they did in the old telephone switchboards, where a human operator connected your call.

And best of all, this computer does it all.

  • Want to multiply two numbers in just 3 milliseconds? Done.
  • Want security even the likes of OpenBSD can't beat? Done.
The designers of this system knew what they were doing. The inability to store a program means that this system CANNOT get a virus, ever, period. Of course, then Von Neumann had to come along and invent stored programs, and the next thing you know, Outlook automatically executes email attachments...

Debsux (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015092)

These things running the "latest" Debian by any chance?

Re:Debsux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015107)

FWIW - they are beta testing the latest. :-)

Stuff hasn't changed that much.... (1)

Tyir (622669) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015095)

I think his server would have had the same likelihood of surviving if it was using that sort of hardware after that hit....

Awwww... (1)

devphaeton (695736) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015103)

I don't care what anyone says... Computer nostalgia is coolio, y0...

Thanks for sharing!

Awwww...Beagle Bros. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015185)

That's why I hated losing the contents of my storage locker. I had a big collection of Radio Shack catalogs, as well a Beagle Bros. catalogs.(1) Anyone remember the pocket computers?

(1) Byte's with the GOOD covers. Books on the PDP.
Ahhh, the good old days, when men were men, and computers weighed alot.

Apple (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9015109)

Hey, it's the price list from the Apple on-line store!

That number (1)

daishin (753851) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015136)

is also being slashdotted as it is now always busy...I wonder how fast slashdot would kill a fax machines toner.

mirror anyone? (2, Funny)

netnerd.caffinated (473121) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015142)

it looks like the webhost is actually running the hardware from the catalogue

What's interesting.... (2, Interesting)

varith (530137) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015155)

is that on their company backgroung page they actually 'fess up to service problems and mistakes as their company grew. It's hard to imagine a company - even a startup - doing that in these current days.

$22 for 16k of RAM... (3, Interesting)

Doppler00 (534739) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015160)

So if you were to buy 1 gig at those prices it would cost: $1,048,576.

Prices sure have come down huh?

Some things haven't.. (2, Funny)

opusman (33143) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015173)

The pictures are loading about as fast as they would have from a BBS in 1981!

What is that I smell? (1)

MacBorg (740087) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015180)

why, it's a dying server. mmm... plastic-y

Ah, the daisy-wheel printer (2, Interesting)

Jack Porter (310054) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015187)

I remember printing pages of BASIC source code with one of these things [wcupa.edu] . At 25cps I could usually type faster than this thing count print.

I once reprogramming the horizontal and vertical motion rates and printing lots and lots of periods to print really ugly bitmap images.

Catalog of Value (1)

dj245 (732906) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015190)

Its a catalog of values [xpda.com]

as opposed to the catalog of scandalous [theinquirer.net] corruptions [theregister.co.uk] that we have to live with today. Computer memory prices go up? Computer device prices should always be going down in comparison to what you get. F*ck the cartels.

Things have changed? (4, Interesting)

evilviper (135110) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015197)

Things have changed a bit since then!"

They have?

I don't know about the rest of you, but I've still got a terminal from '81 still up and working within arms reach of me. Poor thing doesn't even know vt100, fortunately some OSes still have qvt in their termcap (most don't :-( )

I've got a new Tandy Color Computer 80 with monitor in my closet (new in box, only opened and used once!). (I can also get a hold of one that is still in mint condition, outer box hasn't even been opened.

If it wasn't for the multi-GHz computer I'm tying on, it would still be 1981 around here...

Your 1981 computer... (1)

thedogcow (694111) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015200)

... For only $699!*

*This post not intended to give Darl any ideas.

Woah! (1)

dacarr (562277) | more than 10 years ago | (#9015202)

The eye [xpda.com] !
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