TRS-80 Model 1 (was: Arty computers (was: Re: PDP-11/70 in Yates Center, KS)
cclist at sydex.com
Thu Feb 1 15:36:30 CST 2007
On 1 Feb 2007 at 13:35, Jim Isbell, W5JAI wrote:
> The apple was a flop, yes. The Commodore also was a flop. Just look at the
> numbers. The apple was a flop because it was marketed as entertainment and
> drawing pictures (which it excelled at) while the TRS-80 was a scientific
> machine that crunched numbers. Yes, today the tables are reversed, but back
> then, those of us who were into computers (I had been in computers since
> 1960 on the IBM 7070) were looking for computing power for serious work.
Golly, I hope you've got your tongue firmly planted in your cheek
here! In 1960, if you were looking for serious computing power for
number crunching, you got a 7090 and ran FMS. The 7070 was strictly
for the BDP crowd.
You can't have it both ways--if you were serious about computing
power, there were more powerful S-100 and Multibus boxes --with more
expandability and peripheral choice--and just about any language
choice that you could imagine. .
No--you said "personal computer". The Apple II was just that--and
enormously successful as such. One thing that it accomplished was
that it established Apple in the educational field. I think that had
Apple not had its educational discount program, it wouldn't be around
(I've never owned an Apple II of any flavor)
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