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just 30 years ago *sigh*

The IBM 5100 Portable Computer was IBM's 1st attempt to build a personal computer back in 1974. Weighing in at 50 pounds and costing around $10,000, the IBM 5100 had a built-in tape drive, a small CRT and the capability of running programs in either BASIC or APL (A Programming Language, created by IBM). IBM used its own proprietary circuit modules throughout and did not rely on an Intel microprocessor, unlike the microcomputers that would come out in the following years.


http://www.obsoletecomputermuseum.org/ibm5100/

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I'll say one thing....

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I probably would have killed for one of these.

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Just kidding. It sounds pretty powerful for its day. If I recall correctly, the microprocessor hadn't been developed yet in any form, and 32-64K was a LOT of memory. I worked with a desk sized system then that had 16K. Subsequent progress has been amazing.

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Hi Jonah, enjoyed your link. Down the bottom "back to Museum" I found my Commodore 128D. Loved that system. Had tons big old floppies, books, etc. Ran it right up to about 4 years ago. Still miss it.

George

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I loved APL!

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But you really gotta stock up on the aspirin. That APL stuff will twist your mind up good.

Dan

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