Thread: Blast from the Past

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    I was looking at some old commercials and I remembered that Andrew Kay recently passed away. He was the founder of Kay Computers.

    The Kaypro II from 1982 was an all-in-one system. Word processing, spreadsheets and spell-check were already loaded, ready to use.

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      I had an IBM that was similar to the Kaypro II. When it was given to me, it came with bookkeeping and business software. But the thing I mostly remember about it was that there was this wide carriage printer that used that greenbar paper that was popular back them. It sounded like a machine gun every time it printed.
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        You have to love those massive all-in-ones from the 80's. You needed a crane to get it on your desk.
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          Scary to think that today's smartphone is a hundred times more powerful as cold war era supercomputers.
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            I remember seeing this stuff in late 70's/early 80's at school in the principal's office. School administration were the only ones having this kind of PC. Later on came the infamous Apple II for the rest of us though only a couple of them in a room specifically for computing. And yes, they were kinda bulky giving a new meaning to 'hardware'.
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              From photos of the rear I only see two input ports. Dot-matrix printers were everywhere, I wonder if Edgold707's line printer used ribbon like a typewriter? The faster a line printer prints the louder it sounded.

              Ever hear the noise when a printer ran out of paper? Truly scary.
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                Quote by eddstarr88
                From photos of the rear I only see two input ports. Dot-matrix printers were everywhere, I wonder if Edgold707's line printer used ribbon like a typewriter? The faster a line printer prints the louder it sounded.

                Ever hear the noise when a printer ran out of paper? Truly scary.


                My printer used a ribbon that came in a cartridge. The printer used what was called "Daisy Wheel Printing" and the wheels and ribbon cartridges could also be used with an IBM typewriter we had back then. If you wanted use a certain font, you had to switch out the wheels.
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