This “ha ha, can you believe that owning a home computer was exotic once?” screen capture going about is sorta nostalgic to me: the home computer Richard Halloran owns—there in the background—is the first one I owned, a TRS-80 Model I. The computer itself is in the keyboard, but the thing the ugly monitor is sitting on is the “expansion interface,” necessary if you want to triple the memory all the way from 16K to 48K (note that is “K,” not “G” or even “M”) and have disk drive (5.25″ floppies). A Model I so equipped, with one floppy drive, would have run you $1945.

I only say “sorta” nostalgic because, like most old computer technology, you only miss it until you try using it again, even in emulation. It does make one wonder what, thirty years from now, will make our current gadgets seem as antiquated as Richard Halloran’s amazing machine.

This “ha ha, can you believe that owning a home computer was exotic once?” screen capture going about is sorta nostalgic to me: the home computer Richard Halloran owns—there in the background—is the first one I owned, a TRS-80 Model I. The computer itself is in the keyboard, but the thing the ugly monitor is sitting on is the “expansion interface,” necessary if you want to triple the memory all the way from 16K to 48K (note that is “K,” not “G” or even “M”) and have disk drive (5.25″ floppies). A Model I so equipped, with one floppy drive, would have run you $1945.

I only say “sorta” nostalgic because, like most old computer technology, you only miss it until you try using it again, even in emulation. It does make one wonder what, thirty years from now, will make our current gadgets seem as antiquated as Richard Halloran’s amazing machine.

(Source: tofuttibreak, via sharpless)

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