Famous & infamous computers of the 70's & 80's.

From: Roger Merchberger <zmerch_at_30below.com>
Date: Mon Dec 27 01:09:26 1999

On or about 10:14 AM 12/26/99 -0800, Larry Anderson was caught in a dark
alley speaking these words:
>> Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 01:21:56 GMT
>> From: "David Vohs" <netsurfer_x1_at_hotmail.com>

>> Computer with the best keyboard: (tie) Commodore 64(C), & TRS-80 Model 12.

Sorry, can't agree there either - I've logged lotsa hours on both a C64 and
my Tandy 200... my T200 whups it wholeheartedly. And my original IBM
101-key keyboards (found at a college "garage sale") are fantastic, and
heavy enough to defend a small country with them! ;-)

>> Computer with the coolest pitchman: William Shatner. (VIC-20)
>Even though I hate IBM I thought the chaplinesque hobo was nice.

Actually, re: Shatner's attitude, I'd rate him rather lower on the graph
than others have... (IMHO, of course)

>> Computer with the coolest case design: TI-99/4A. (The case reminds me of a
>> Delorean. Remember those?)
>I liked the Atari 800, pop open expansion bay, four joystick ports (in the
>front no less!)

>Here are some more:
>Most imfamous sales life: Mattell Aquarius and Coleco Adam.
>Most famous Sales life: Commodore 64(c) estimated 17 million sold for one

Not to belittle the C64, but how about the Tandy CoCo1-2-3 series... Sold
from 1979 to 1992 - 13 years active selling for an 8-bitter.

>Least Innovative initial release: IBM PC (only really new features were the
>price tag and the logo)

>Most infamous bug-box: TRS-80 (earned the nickname Trash-80 for all the
>service work needed)

Erm... *which* TRS-80. There were *dozens* of different models...

Happy Holidaze,
Roger "Merch" Merchberger
Roger "Merch" Merchberger -- zmerch_at_30below.com
SysAdmin - Iceberg Computers
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Received on Mon Dec 27 1999 - 01:09:26 GMT

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