Panasonic Handhelds

From: Sam Ismail <>
Date: Tue Jul 8 23:38:49 1997

This is the last call. On Friday I will be forwarding the final count to
Mike. For the benefit of those who haven't seen this yet (and for those
asking for more information) here is a casual spec of the Panasonic
HandHeld Computers that we are about to get a bunch of:

This computer came out around 1984. It was a handheld unit which featured:

6502 processor
8K RAM (the "top-of-the-line" model)
3 slots for 8K program EPROM on-board
Custom built tray to hold 10 additional 8K EPROMS
Tray also housed both computer and printer to make one compact unit
Printer is 40-column thermal (paper can still be found allegedly)
Full "QWERTY" keyboard
FORTH-like language in ROM called "SNAP"
Measures 9" x 3.5"
Some manuals available
Bunch of MCM 68674 8K EPROMs with programs on them
AC Adaptor

Now on to the original message. Instructions follow for reserving one,
two or many for yourself. Read on.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 1997 10:52:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: Sam Ismail <>
To: Classic Computer Discussion <>
Subject: RE: Panasonic Handhelds


This is the latest message from Mike who has the hundreds of Panasonic
HandHeld computers. In case its not obvious what's going on, I put in an
offer of $10 each for 50, $9 each for 100, $8 each for 150, etc. I don't
have $2000 lying around with which to buy them all up. I have a plan,
but first read what Mike had to say:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 1997 10:39:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: EPROM Burners re: Classic Computers

Dear Sam,
    I believe the total number of HHC's available will be about 400.Based on
your offer I assume that for 150 of the units you would be willing to pay at
the rate of $10 for the first 50,$9 for the next 50, $8 for the next 50 and
$7 for the next 50 whcih would come to $1700 for 200 units.Would you be
interested in 300 units for $2000 even?To make the offer even sweeter I'll
throw in the memory expander trays with each unit.The cost for each tray
alone was well over $100 when they were purchased,as well as a quantity of
the MCM 68674 8K eprom chips that the programs were written on.
                                             As always Best Regards,


So here's my plan...anyone and everyone who is interested, reply to ME
(do not reply to classiccmp! People will hate you and want to drown your
pets!) telling me how many you want. Do this soon. I will save all of
your e-mails and then at the end of say, 10 days I will tally up the
total and make Mike an offer. So again...

Reply to ME only (
Tell me HOW MANY of the Panasonic HandHeld Computers you want.
Do it SOON.
You have about [2] days.
Price will be NO MORE THAN $10 EACH.

Computer Historian, Programmer, Musician, Philosopher, Athlete, Writer, Jackass
Received on Tue Jul 08 1997 - 23:38:49 BST

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