A couple of you responded to my Osborne memoir with some sweet reminisces about the Kaypro... to wit:
Ah -- the memories...
My first computer was a Kaypro 4-84.
It was awesome.
Not only was I able to write a complete screenplay on it, but the two 5.25
disks held a whopping 390K!!
Not only was it highly functional with the incredible display, but I could
even PLAY the text only games that were just coming out. You remember --
open the door; pick up the axe; kill the spouse, et cetera.
END OF PRODUCTION
Full-stroke keyboard with arrow keys and separated keypad
Motorola 6845 (video controler)
80 chars x 25 lines
virtual 160 x 100 through graphical characters
built-in 9'' monochrome monitor
SIZE / WEIGHT
46 (W) x 41.5 (D) x 21.5 (H) cm / 15kg
2 serial ports, 1 parallel port, communication socket (built-in modem)
BUILT IN MEDIA
two 5.25'' DS/DD half-height floppy drives (390 kb)
Built-in power supply unit
You'll note -- the price was only $3500.00!!
Boy did I get a deal!
And from Ethlie...
Loved the reminder re: the computers we were using a minute ago. I was just thinking whether I should bother to upload a 64K GIF file onto eBay. 64K? That's so tiny! Why even bother?
Mine was a Kaypro with a single floppy drive, so you had to pull out the program disk in order to save the text you were creating. The screen glowed amber -- it was that or green -- and the dot-matrix printer (the size of my spare desk) printed only capital letters. Wordstar commands were often a character typed in the first column, so if you had a sentence that began with, say, the letter L, it would suddenly become an indented sub-paragraph, whether you wanted it to or not.
Those were the days.
My new phone has actual voice recognition. I was about to re-record all those sound bites of me saying "John" and "Mary" for the phonebook, but they explained that all I have to do is say "Call John" or "Call Mary," and the phone will look to see if it has J-O-H-N or M-A-R-Y in its list.
I don't know what it's going to do with my entry for BMW. How do you pronounce that?
Have a gorgeous day - eav
Sunday, September 17, 2006
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