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  • Rick H

    10 Megabyte HDD, what?
    Most PC’s didn’t even have an HDD at that time, but usually had two floppy drives, A and B drives.
    That’s why the Primary HDD is still called the “C” drive.

    • Dan

      I had a Commodore 64 with tape loader. Way ahead of its time. It is incredible what can fit into a game under that spec. There is a 13K java competition that is amazing (for nerds) http://js1k.com/2010-first/demo/635 is a winner.

      • EpochNZ

        You need to visit the Early Settlers Museum in Dunedin….my entire childhood played out behind glass….

        (Just out of view to the right are the ZX81, Commodore 64 and Spectrum)

      • OT Richter

        I had a VIC 20 and then the C64. Both awesome machines. I really needed the disk drive for the C64 but my budget would not do it. I remember designing sprites, programming basic games and copying code from magazines so it would do stuff. Favourite game was Revenge of the Mutant Camels.

    • Oh Please

      I used to get a magazine called “Programming for 1Kb”. When programmers were real programmers.

      • Platinum Fox

        When I took a paper in computer science in 1972 the challenge was always to write the fewest number of lines of code (in Fortran) to get the correct result.

        • Oh Please

          Fortran? Pah, new fangled…

        • ex-JAFA

          My stats teacher (jokingly) threatened to fail me because my answers weren’t what was in the textbook. I used fewer lines of code to get a more accurate answer.

      • Whitey

        Now that’s programming! Some of these young punks nowadays, you’d think they were paid by the byte.

    • Platinum Fox

      Mid-’80s in the US they did have HDDs. When I left the US I brought back an XT clone at the end of ’86 with about that spec.

    • XCIA

      My first “portable” computer in the early 80’s was about the size of a medium chilly bin. It had dual floppy drives, built in printer, screen at front and a connection on top for the handset. Damned if I can remember the name of it

  • Nige.

    I can confirm “the butterfly effect” is worth watching.

    It’s a must see.

  • SaggyNaggy

    It’s not ” 80’s “, it’s ” ’80s”. Harrumph.

  • Weird. I remember paying exactly that price for an IBM 8088 with a 10mb hdd, 256k ram, two 720k floppies and a 9-pin dot matrix printer. I couldn’t afford an 8026 “file server”.

  • Miss Phit

    I remember using an amstrad 6128 with no hard drive.

    I spent about 3 hours typing in the program i found in a book before I could play the game. it was awesome until my sister triped over the power cord and pulled it out of the wall. Of course it was all gone and Id played for all of 15 mins. Sucked.

    The spectrum was amazing at the time and now…

    The commodore 64 with tape drive was so much better than both of them. and yet my cell phone has more power than all of them combined.

    My first real PC was a 286 with 100mb HDD and i thought it was fantastic – LOL

    Try telling your kids or young work mates about the old days…

  • Karl

    CP/M … a man’s operating system for PC’s before Bill Gates interfered

  • *Cockney accent* Ok… you think you had it bad… I started programming on a 1k RAM Digital computer that used paper tap with holes punched in it for the ‘hard drive’. There was no screen, just a keyboard with letters on an arm hitting a role of paper. And we managed to create a program that calculated when the planets would align – on one line of code! (Mind you, it was a very long line.)

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