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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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Amstrad PPC640
Amstrad PPC640

Amstrad introduced the PC640 in 1988 as the lowest cost PC compatible portable computer in the marketplace. It was similar in specification to the Amstrad PC1512 desktop computer. It hs a completely unique case design and a built-in 9: LCD display. They fell short of their lofty goals as the LCD display was really not sharp or clear and was poorly received by PC users. Includes (1) or (2) 3.5" 720Kb floppy drives and an optional 10-20Mb internal hard drive.The PPC-512 is essentail the same as the PPC-640 but with 512Kb memory instead of 640Kb. The PPC-512 case is biege and the PPC-640 case is gray.

SPECIFICATIONS:
NAME   Amstrad PPC640
MANUFACTURER   Amstrad
TYPE   Luggable Computer
ORIGIN   UK
YEAR   1988
LAST RUN 
QUANTITY BUILT 
OPERATING SYSTEM MS-DOS v3.3 and GEM
CPU   NEC V30
SPEED   8MHz
RAM   640Kb
ROM   16Kb
TEXT MODES   40x80 characters 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES   monochrome green
I/O PORTS   Parallel, serial, CGA and expansion ports
POWER SUPPLY   "C" cell battery(10) option
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