An earlier computer ... The Apple ][

Ah, the Apple ][, even earlier than the TRS-80, apparantly. Had great fun playing this game where you move a rectangle on the screen to bounce a ball.







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Trash before ][ OK, I'm old, actually used both. Trash beginning in 1980, ][ in 1981 to 1985. <p> The ][ was a wonderful machine. Not only great for playing Castle Wolfenstein (yes, the original), and loads of other games, but actually doing work. I've seen $90,000 imaging systems hooked to a ][ that would scan Landsat images, compute land use by areal extent, link it up with sediment analysis and other nerd Geologist stuff. Oh, all programmed in Basic, talk about memory management. It's easy to do things today with 256M to a G of RAM, 30-100G of disk, and langs like K, Java, C++. We're so memory rich today we write things in Perl, <i>or even TCL!</i> :) <p> Don't forget, Visicalc came out on the ][ and <b>radically</b> changed things for small business men. I knew many people who got into computers just to use visicalc, and it helped them greatly.
By Mark Bradford on Thu, Apr 25, 02 at 13:41 · Reply
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Official dates Apple ][ - April 77 - keyboards shorted out. 300 units over next 3 months <br> TRS-80 - August 77 - 600 units in first month.
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