"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 ST506’s 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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IMSAI IMSAI 8080
IMS Associates, founded by Bill Millard, introduced the IMSAI 8800 in 1977. Designed to compete with the Altair 8800 using the S-100 bus with an improved power supply. Achieved early success and took marketshare from Altair. Imsai followed up this system with several more but never had the same popularity as the 8080.
I have IMSAI serial # 174 that I purchased in Sept of 1975. I later added Don Tarbell's cassette card a VDM-1 card and a Processor Tech 3P+S The keyboard was a hack from an old unknown computer. I used a Friden Flexowriter for my printer. It was built on an IBM Executive typewriter and included a reader-punch. My first copy of Microsoft Basic is 1.1 and was shipped from Albuquerque.
Later I added a North Star 5in floppy system and then an 8 inch CPM system to it.
Also I have a NNC Z80 system.
I still have all the original manuals, including the revisions as they came out.
All still work.