Saturday Snap – The Nerd Is Strong With This One

My mom was cleaning out some papers at home and found the original spec sheet/packing slip for the first computer our family ever bought in 1988 which is when I was in grade nine.

It doesn’t have the actual price mom and dad paid but I think it was somewhere around $2500.

A couple other things of note – 256kb of RAM memory is hard for me to even think about how to put into modern terms – maybe the size of a couple page PDF with a graphic in it?

I looked up the hard drive (kudos to Seagate for having all legacy drives on their site) and saw it was 32MB which is about the size of 20-30 photos, 10 MP3’s or maybe one really graphic heavy Powerpoint presentation?

I also love how one of their “System Packing” check-boxes was “Shareware” – a close cousin of the open source software that has such influence today.

(I should look up that salesman to see if he’s on Facebook or referenced on Google!)

Comments 2

  1. Sabina wrote:

    Funny that you thought to look up the salesman, too — that was the first thing I thought about when I saw the piece of paper. I’ll bet this is the dude (and, yes, he must be a helluva DUDE):

    Posted 19 Jan 2011 at 10:34 am
  2. HeadTale wrote:

    Is that mentee Sabina? If so, long time no talk! And as always, you’re a better librarian than me – I looked him up but on Facebook (he wrote back and said he still has that stamp to this day!) but LinkedIn definitely provided a stronger confirmation that this is the same guy!

    Posted 22 Jan 2011 at 9:14 am

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