Sol-20: Reviewed for 2022 – And Best Deals

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Key Points The mastermind behind the Sol-20 invention was Lee Felsenstein (b. 1945 in Philadelphia), an American computer engineer who also designed the Osborne 1 (one of the first portable computers) and effective computer hardware. Sol-20 is among the few computers that stormed the market in the 19th century and significantly changed computer developments. It […]

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TRS-80

TRS-80: Everything You Need to Know

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5 Facts About The TRS-80: The first units were delivered in November 1977, unseen, and went on sale in the third week of December. Hobbyists, home users, and small companies flocked to the line. Tandy Corporation’s commanding position in the “1977 Trinity,” as described by Byte magazine. Tandy/Radio Shack was marketed as “The Biggest Name […]

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Simon Personal Communicator

Simon Personal Communicator: A Complete Guide

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4 Facts about Simon Personal Communicator Simon Personal Communicator was expensive and big. The smartphone had a touchscreen and predictive typing features. It was first announced at a trade show in late 1992. The smartphone was initially codenamed Angler. The History of Simon Personal Communicator: What to Know Touted as the world’s first smartphone, the […]

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The SCELBI-8H

The SCELBI-8H Computer: Everything You Need To Know

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The SCELBI-8H was a personal computer that came in a kit form or assembled. It featured the 8-bit Intel 8008 CPU and 1,024 bytes of memory. The computer had its launch date in 1974, during the same timeframe as the Micral computer. The name SCELBI was an acronym for (Sc)ientific (El)ectronic (Bi)ological and was pronounced […]

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Sinclair ZX80 computer

The Sinclair ZX80 Computer: Everything You Need To Know

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While the name might not ring a bell, the Sinclair ZX80 computer is one of the most important predecessors to the modern laptop computers we know today. This home computer came along with the wave of microcomputers that were popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s which allowed users to plug the device into […]

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Poqet PC: Reviewed for 2022- And Best Deals

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Key Points The Poqet PC was a remarkable computer produced by Poqet Computers Corporation in 1989. What made the Poqet PC stand out from other computers in the 19 century was its size. It was very small and was the first mini-notebook designed for IBM PCs. Texax instruments engineer John Fairbanks started Poqet Computer Company […]

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Osborne 1: Everything You Need to Know

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4 Facts About Osborne 1 Osborne 1 was first introduced in 1981. It has a rugged handle and an ABS plastic case. Osborne 1 used to be the only computer that could fit under an airline seat. The computer was regarded as an overnight success. The History of Osborne 1: What to know Released on […]

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The French Micral N from 1973.

Micral Computer: Everything You Need To Know

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The Micral Computer was created in 1973 by the French company Réalisation d’Études Électroniques. This was a series of micro-computers that became known as the earliest commercial personal computer. The Micral N, produced in 1973, was the first computer of this series. This microprocessor-based computer was powered by Intel’s 8008 chip. The term microcomputer first […]

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Macintosh by Apple – Complete History of Mac Computers

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Key Points Macintosh was first introduced on January 24, 1984, by Steve Jobs.Macintosh was the idea of Apple employee Jef Raskin in the 1970s. He wanted an easy-to-use, affordable personal computer for the average person. He named it after his favorite apple. The Macintosh 128k was announced to the press in October 1983 and was […]

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IBM PC Model 5150.

IBM PC 5150: Everything You Need To Know

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Three Facts About IBM PC 5150 The IBM PC 5150 originally cost less than $1,600, which was far less than the $9 million price tag of older computers. Despite the term “Personal Computer,” the IBM PC 5150 was designed primarily for business use. This IBM PC was introduced as part of the 5000 microcomputer series, […]

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LINC and Wesley A. Clark in 1962

LINC – Everything You Need To Know

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Many of today’s most essential electronic devices started as nothing more than just a small idea in a laboratory at a university. This is especially true of the LINC — also known as the Laboratory Instrument Computer. Conceptualized by a couple of grad students in the early 1960s, the LINC is widely regarded as the […]

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HP 9830A

The HP 9830A: Everything You Need To Know

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From today’s perspective, a calculator is decidedly not a computer. You couldn’t do a fraction of the things on a calculator that you could do on a computer. However, looking back at the origins of the computer and its relation to the history of the calculator, it’s clear to see that the two have a […]

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DynaBook – Complete History of the DynaBook

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Key Points Alan Kay invented the concept of the DynaBook in 1968. It was a a personal computer for children of all ages. Alan Kay’s vision of the DynaBook does not exist. The History of DynaBook: A Complete Guide Ph.D. candidate Alan Kay envisions the concept of the DynaBook in 1968. He originally called it […]

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Hewlett Packard 9100A

Hewlett Packard 9100A: Everything You Need To Know

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Three Facts about Hewlett Packard 9100A The Hewlett Packard 9100A is considered the earliest documented use of the term “personal computer.” Despite this, the 9100A was marketed as a programmable desktop calculator. Bill Hewlett commented, “If we had called it a computer, it would have been rejected by our customer’s computer gurus because it didn’t […]

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Datapoint 2200: Everything You Need to Know

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Datapoint 2200 was a standalone computer terminal that performed several functions, including printing payroll checks, tracking inventory, and recording shipments. Datapoint 2200 was unveiled at the beginning of 1970 and was launched to the market in May. It became an extremely successful product and was manufactured until 1979. Its 16 kilobytes memory was enough to […]

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CT-650 – History of the Arkay Computer Trainer Model 650

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Computer Trainer Model 650 Key Points The Computer Trainer Model 650 (named also CT-650) was developed by Irving Becker. Becker was developing many educational products, including the digital computer CT-650 and a cardboard kit. Irving was dedicated to education and even made a special version of the CT-650 that was made for blind students. The […]

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Commodore 64 with monitor and floppy

Commodore 64: Everything You Need To Know

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Commodore 64 (commonly known as the C64 or CBM 64) was manufactured by Commodore Business Machine (CBM) in August 1982 with a starting price of $595. It was an 8-bit home computer with remarkable market success. Between 1983-1986, C64 sales amounted to about 17 million units sold, making them the best-selling single personal computer model […]

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Apple II Explained: Everything You Need To Know

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4 Facts About Apple II The Apple II’s central processor unit was based on a MOS 6502 CPU. It came with 4 KB of RAM, but it could be increased to 48 KB. In addition, it came with a BASIC interpreter and the ability to support graphics and a color monitor. Apple first introduced external […]

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MITS Altair 8800 – Complete History of the MITS Altair 8800

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4 Facts About The MITS Altair 8800 The MITS Altair 8800 was the first customizable microcomputer. It can be thought of as the predecessor to the Arduino and Raspberry Pi microcomputers. The Altair 8800’s initial team of creators consisted almost entirely of United States Air Force veterans, many of whom were still serving when MITS […]

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Xerox Alto: Everything You Need to Know

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Release Date 1st March 1973 Creator Butler Lampson, Charles P. (Chuck) Thacker Original Price $32,000 Units Sold 2000+ 3 Facts About the Xerox Alto Computer The Xerox Alto was created in 1972. The Xerox Alto encompassed a variety of Programming Facilities and Software Applications. The Alto was the first system to have all of the […]

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Ferranti Mark 1 Console

Ferranti Mark 1 Computer – Everything You Need To Know 

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Five Facts about Ferranti Mark 1 Computer Mark 1 displayed a 20-bit word as a single line of dots of electric charges on the surface of a Williams tube display, with each cathode tube storing 64 lines of dots. The Ferranti Mark 1 specification resembled the final Manchester Mark 1 standard exceptionally closely. To improve […]

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DEC PDP-11 Computer

PDP-11 – Everything You Need to Know

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6 Facts about The DEC PDP-11 Computer If the DEC PDP-11 computer were to be manufactured today, it would cost around $140,000. The DEC PDP-11 computer was so successful it was cloned and copied by Eastern European Socialist Countries. The DEC PDP-11 computer is one of the world’s longest-serving computers as it is still in […]

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General View of the ENIAC computer

ENIAC Computer- Everything You Need To Know

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6 Facts about ENIAC Computer ENIAC, which meant “Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer,” was built between 1943 and 1946. John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert came up with the idea for ENIAC. ENIAC used nearly 17,500 vacuum tubes, 7,200 diodes, and miles of wire to construct the machine. ENIAC took up 1,800 square feet (170 […]

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The History of Colossus Computer

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Key Points: Max Newman designed a machine called Heath Robinson after the cartoonist designer of fantastic machines, which decrypted secret messages. Flowers was an engineer who designed and built Colossus to meet Max Newman’s requirements for a machine to speed up the breaking of the Lorenz cipher. Colossus was able to reduce the time to […]

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