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"Mark Metzler wrote: I was in WalMart last night, and I swung by the Electronics area. I was curious as to how much a replacement drive would cost me for my PC at home, which has a 17gb drive in it. They had a 80gig drive sitting on the shelf next to the surge suppressors for $70. Never mind that it comes with the software to copy everything to the new drive. So I stood there trying to do the math on what it would cost to equate that volume of storage with ST506 drives at $1995.00 a pop. My head started hurting, so I rounded the ST506 to $2000. It would take 16,000 ST506ís to reach the memory of the drive in WalMart (again sitting on the shelf, not behind a locked cabinet). At $2000.00 a pop, it would cost me $32,000,000.00. Now that would have been a nice sale, but would have been stolen by Jim Scharffe or Mike Daniel. Here is another perspective. If stacked on top of one another, they would be as tall as a 667 story building. If from sea level, they would stack high enough to top the tallest building in Downtown Denver. If sold with a cabinet and power supply, Josef Rabinowitz would be retired. "

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"We both have been into computers since 1970's & currently own 6 OSBORNE's in working condition. Although we use DOS now, we miss cpm & how actually FAST it was compared to Windows. We miss dBase. Append as well instead of Access now. We still have data on 5 1/4" discs we need to put into the dos machines we use now. Sorry to hear you are leaving the business - we certainly hope you find a buyer who will keep the collection intact! Best to you & your wonderful efforts!"


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Panasonic RL-1400 HHC
Panasonic RL-1400 HHC

Panasonic RL-H1400 HHC Hand Held Computer. One of the smallest computers of its time. The HHC is the first portable unit designed with a complete "bus". Comes with RL-P1004 40 character/line thermal printer and 4Kb RAM. The H1400 is programable in SNAP, an early interpreted text-processing language, or Microsoft BASIC, if the appropriate ROM is installed. Many of the early hand-held computers systems were sold with built-in custom applications such insurance calculation for the insurance claim adjusters and salespeople. More input from Josh H. These computers were used by General Electric, and later Ericsson for programming two way radios. Most GE shops of any size in the early 80's until recently had these units since IBM PC's were not at all common when these units came out. The basic Panasonic computer with serial interface and printer were mounted in a suitcase along with two GE plug in modules. The first module contains EPROMS with software for each model of radio or control unit to be programmed. The second module has two EEPROM sockets to accept chips from the radios or control units and a plug for programming cables that directly interface to radios (for programming a radio without removing it from a car or truck). The GE model number for the unit is TQ2310 and they were manufactured by the Mobile Communications Division of GE in Lynchburg VA. These computers seem to be pretty reliable, except for the printers. My friend and I have two complete units, and neither printer works. These units are still fairly common in GE shops even today. Radios were made into the mid to late 90's required the suitcase to program. Newer equipment uses windows based software and a serial interface box. The California Highway Patrol is just now phasing out their GE/Ericsson RANGR series radios with custom S-825 and S-830 control units. These control units require the old suitcase with special software to program. (note my unit has CHP software in it).

SPECIFICATIONS:
NAME   Panasonic RL-1400 HHC
MANUFACTURER   Panasonic
TYPE   Hand Held
ORIGIN   US
YEAR   1982
LAST RUN 
QUANTITY BUILT 
OPERATING SYSTEM Microsoft BASIC or SNAP in ROM
CPU   6502
SPEED   1MHz
RAM   4Kb
ROM  
TEXT MODES   26 X 1
GRAPHIC MODES  
I/O PORTS  
POWER SUPPLY  
PRICE   $399.00


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