Felix M118b

Initial Year: 1979 Initial Price: Unknown   The Felix M118b is a Romanian 8-bit computer produced by ICE Felix Bucuresti. This Computer is part of the family of FELIX-M18, M18B, M118 from 1979 also CUB (with i8080) and CUBZ ( Z80), aMIC, TIM-S etc. This particular unit was saved from an old Romanian Factory that was stripped…

Commodore 64 (1982-1994)

YEAR: 1982-1994 INITIAL PRICE:  US$595 (equivalent to $1,477 in 2016)   The C64 dominated the low-end computer market for most of the 1980s. Part of the Commodore 64’s success was its sale in regular retail stores instead of only electronics or computer hobbyist specialty stores. Commodore produced many of its parts in-house to control costs, including custom integrated circuit chips from MOS Technology….

Texas Instrument TI 99/4A

YEAR: 1979 INITIAL PRICE: $525, $1368 in 2016 “Now computers are like toasters, cheap and un-interesting.” The TI 99/4A is a pretty unusual computer. It is the oldest computer in my collection (1981) but at the same time it is technically a 16-bit computer! (it hosts a 16-bit TMS9900 CPU running at 3.0 MHz). It…

Commodore 64 (the highest-selling single computer model of all time)

YEAR: 1982 INITIAL PRICE: US 595 (equivalent to $1,477 in 2016)   The Commodore 64, also known as the C64 or the CBM 64, is an 8-bit home computer introduced in January 1982 by Commodore International (first shown at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, January 7–10. 1982). It is listed in the Guinness World Records as the highest-selling single computer model of all time, with independent…

JUNIOR XT

YEAR: 1987 Initial Price: 30.000 LEI \$700   The Junior XT is a Romanian computer buit at  Întreprinderea de Echipamente Periferice (IEPER).    The computer was build around the Intel 8086, 16bit CPU, running at 4.77 Mhz and an i8087 math CPU for those who needed more mathematical power. In the base configuration the unit came with…

HP 9810A Calculator

YEAR: 1972 INITIAL PRICE: $2.475 \ $14.425 in 2016   The HP 9810A (AKA the 9800 series model 10) was HP’s second calculator. It made use of the new technologies of the time including IC chips for RAM, ROM, and logic, and a three line LED display instead of a CRT. The HP 9810A was…

Apple //c

YEAR: 1984 Initial Prce: US$1,295 (equivalent to $2,985.30 in 2016)   The Apple IIc, the fourth model in the Apple II series of personal computers, is Apple Computer’s first endeavor to produce a portable computer. The result was a 7.5 lb (3.4 kg) notebook-sized version of the Apple II that could be transported from place to place. The c in the name stood for compact, referring to…