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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. "

"Ohmigod! I'm reminded of when I worked for Heath Kline at Priority One Electronics in Chatsworth...and before that for Galaxy Computers in Woodland Hills when the Commodore 64 was introduced! We thought it huge compared to the Timex Sinclair...."

"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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Sanyo MBC 550
Sanyo MBC 550

Sanyo 550, a DOS-compatible PC(but not totally IBM PC compatible) with two 1.2Mb floppy drives (no hard drive). Called the Silver Fox it was a high-performance 16-bit personal computer with color graphics, expandable RAM up to 256Kb with MS-DOS 2.11, WordStar 3.30, SpellStar, InfoStar and EasyWriter. While very popular it did not take over in the US computer market in the mid-80's because it was not 100% IBM compatible. Only the software bundled with the system was compatible. Future industry product releases such as Windows, CD-ROM's, Hard Drive's larger than 20Mb and Internet software would not work on the MBC-550 family.

SPECIFICATIONS:
NAME   Sanyo MBC 550
MANUFACTURER   Sanyo
TYPE   Personal Computer
ORIGIN   Japan
YEAR   1983
LAST RUN 
QUANTITY BUILT 
OPERATING SYSTEM MS-DOS & Sanyo BASIC
CPU   8088
SPEED  
RAM   128Kb
ROM   8Kb
TEXT MODES   80 character x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES   640 x 200 8-color standard, also B&W
I/O PORTS   RGB color
POWER SUPPLY  
PRICE   $995.00


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