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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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Heathkit H89 Computer
Heathkit H89 Computer

1979 Heathkit introduced the H89 Computer as a kit which was the same as the Zenith Data Systems Z-89(assembled). Initial systems came with 16Kb of RAM increasing to 48Kb on later models. A 16Kb expansion card was also available later for $120. Uses Z80 cpu operating at 2.048 MHz. This computer was built by longtime ACP customer Ted in Seal Beach and donated to the PC Museum. This system includes the Heathkit H14 Printer. Note: This item is no longer part of our collection as it has been sent to a new PC museum for display.

SPECIFICATIONS:
NAME   Heathkit H89 Computer
MANUFACTURER   Heathkit
TYPE   Business Computer
ORIGIN   USA
YEAR   1979
LAST RUN  1983
QUANTITY BUILT 
OPERATING SYSTEM HDOS, CP/M, MP/M
CPU   Z80
SPEED   2.048 MHz
RAM   16Kb to 64Kb
ROM  
TEXT MODES   80x24 text
GRAPHIC MODES   mono green screen
I/O PORTS   (2)RS232 serial, Centronics parallel and IEEE 488
POWER SUPPLY  
PRICE   $1799 for kit


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