Today is Memorial Day in the US, a day for remembering those who gave, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, "the last full measure of devotion" for their country and its citizens. It is a solomn day that is the start of the most frivolous season and it is generally observed with memorial services in the morning followed by revelry in the afternoon and evening. It is, in that regard, much like a huge national New Orleans funeral.
Here at Enterprise Efficiency we honor those who have given so much and join our fellow citizens in enjoying the lives we have with a bit of light-hearted fun. In this case, we're going to look at computer systems that have gone to the cosmic bit-bucket, leaving storied names and technological legacies for the industry to follow.
Take a look at our little gallery and then let us know which computers fill your memories. Click on our first image to get started. Then, we'll meet you in the comments for a bit of nostalgia for systems gone by.
The Atari 800 shipped in December 1978. It was a powerful system for its time, featuring 8k of RAM and four slots for cartridges that could hold games or applications. With a list price of $999 it wasn't cheap -- and the 170k floppy disk drives at $599 each didn't make it any more affordable. Nontheless, it was a successful system, introducing many individuals to the possibiity of a "real" personal computer.
In deed, Time is the master of all things. It is in the computer hardware world that no sane person can ever say that they want to invest in and hold on to specific devices for a lifetime. It is so amazing that in as much as computer technology is the talk of the day, its promise to exist for ages unend with the same form of operation is unpredictable since new devices are manufactured daily and rapidly in the Information Technology industry and therefore, every one should be up their sleeves to have a feel of the once in a lifetime experiences of using the devices that pass with time. I can recall how my grand mother could buy lots of typewriters and computers and keep them in her office back in 2006. She only sold them recently at a throw away price after she realized they were obsolete! :)) SmilesJ. So donot hold onto things for too long, let them pass with time.
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