HI! Im new to the list...

From: Todd Jaspers <ToddJ_at_symresources.com>
Date: Wed Sep 29 10:00:24 1999

My roommate has like 5 Timex Sinclairs, he has more classic computers than I
do. Im the Kay Pro enthusiast though. I think the real reason why I became
interested in KayPros was because of the 8088 that we bought. It was in the
Summer of 1984. I was 6 years old. I can even specifically remember the old
Kay Pro advertisement. They showed three models they were selling. We ended
up buying the medium one. I also remember that they bragged about having an
internal clock that memorizes the time after you shut it off. The one we got
was the PC/10 I THINK....

NEC-V20 13Mhz Processor
Herchulese Monochrome KayPro Monitor with CGA card.
Huge case
20mb ST-225 RLL Hard Drive
2 Teac 360k 5.25" floppy drives
AT Compatible keyboard
640k base memory 128k "Extra" memory that to this day I haven't figured out
how to use.

man that computer was awsome! I remember the very first REAL game that I
bought for that system. My parents got it for me for christmass, it was
StarFlight. A mid 80s space flight game. Next was Sentinel Worlds, and then
I got all the old AD&D Gold Box Series games. We ended up getting a SVGA
monitor shortly after Starflight. Guess what brand it was..??? LOGITECH!!!
Thats right, my monitor was a Logitech, the mouse company!! It was a .49
pitch monitor, 14", and it weighed around 20 pounds or so. My parents paid
like 1,500 bucks for the darn monitor.


-----Original Message-----
From: Glenatacme_at_aol.com [mailto:Glenatacme_at_aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 1999 12:30 AM
To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
Subject: Re: HI! Im new to the list...

In a message dated 09/27/1999 7:58:32 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
DD950_at_prodigy.net writes:

> Welcome to the list. I and the other three people here besides myself
> are interested in KayPro welcome you.

Make that four! I bought a Kaypro 10 recently (after seeking advice from
people on this list) and I like it!

> I threw my 2X-84 away in 1995. Wish
> I would have kept it. They are selling on eBay now for $35-40. :-)

Shame, shame!
> I have thought of trying to collect some information on KayPro and make a
> dedicated Web page. Problem is I do not have any material or knowledge
> the company and can't find any here in the boonies.

Don't feel bad -- I'm in the giant megalopolis of Orlando Florida and
no abundance of information here, either.
> A short time ago I remarked how the Coleco Adam still had venders, User
> Groups, and many Web pages while the KayPro has almost disappeared.

Likewise with the Sinclair and Timex/Sinclair machines I collect -- there
many active user groups around the world who share software, as well as
hardware groups who have made available devices such as disk drive
interfaces, data transfer to/from IBM-type pcs, etc. But nothing for the

Perhaps this is because the Kaypro computers weren't "hobbyist" computers --

they were designed and marketed as "business" machines. As far as I can
there was very little third-party hardware sold for the Kaypro, and they
not exactly designed to be modified (people on the list, please correct me
I'm wrong ;>)

Glen Goodwin
Received on Wed Sep 29 1999 - 10:00:24 BST

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