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    I don't know why but the older IBM PS/2's were the Microchannel architecture computers. I had one at work too. It was a big heavy 12 MHz, DOS only computer, and the company probably paid a small fortune for it.

    The newer PS/1 that I have is standard IDE, 486 25MHz processor, and originally came with both a 3 1/2" and a 5 1/4" floppy drives. I put a CD Rom drive in place of the 5 1/4" FD. You are right, I paid $1800.00 for that original computer new at that time. I still have the original "clicky" keyboard that came with too. I don't like the click so it doesn't get used much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CEScott View Post
    I still have the original "clicky" keyboard that came with too. I don't like the click so it doesn't get used much.
    The IBM click keyboard is all I use, if I have a choice. For years I did helpdesk work. I had an IBM click keyboard. The sound drove my coworkers nuts, but my customers could hear that I was typing something. And I can type a lot faster and more accurately on an IBM click keyboard than on the "toys-r-us" keyboards that all computers have these days.

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    And here is one from the '80's...
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    Do you "Believe"? Do you vote? Please Read:
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    Good Lord! Even I have never seen a price that high but I wasn't buying computers in the 80's. That too is a lot of money for what you got. But we generally didn't know better, that was "state of the art" back then. I noticed if you look real close that "monitor and mouse not included". Wow.

    The IBM click keyboard was noisy, but was easier to use. I didn't mind the noise at first, then the more quiet keyboards came out. I had a Dell keyboard that was clicky later on at work - everyone knew I was working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RussB View Post
    And here is one from the '80's...
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    300-baud modem not included!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    300-baud modem not included!
    No HDD either!
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    You could had an Atari 1040ST
    4 years earlier for a grand.


    450px-Atari_1040STf.jpg

    My first to own!

    My first to work with and make money.

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    What we upgraded to after I realized the Wang techs could not repair their old machines. The first day is was down they sent a tech would had not a clue. The second time they sent 3 people (maybe a supervisor in there, just to slow up the process I guess) with no success. My boss, a very bright guy named Theodore, finally figured out it was a bad capstan belt on the cassette!
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    My first computer was an Atari 1040ST!

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    What a coincidence and another, look at our join dates!

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    JFWIW......
    Windows 8.1/32bit, has the ability to run/Play old 16 bit programs, but not the 64 bit version.
    Even Windows 10 Pro/32 can do it.
    To me, the only saving grace for Windows 10 is it's backward compatibility.
    Other than that, it's pretty lame for the average home PC user.

    I hate it when a hobby turns into a profession! The Commodore 64 that I got in ~1980 morphed into a very active C-64/C-1541 business that lasted for ten years. I even re-wrote the OS and burned my own Kernel ROM chips and sold them all across the Mid-West. Back in the hayday of the C-64, a complete system with disk drive, cost over $1500. Yikes!

    Only the need to run DBASE III prompted me to build my first IBM XT Clone. That too launched me into the PC Repair business. Dang it, I can't seem to get a bobby without it turning into a business.
    That was then (1983) and I'm still in the PC Repair business today. I'd love to give it up, but when I think I'll do that, someone calls me crying for HELP! So much for good intentions! lol

    It's been a wild ride! I now have 11 running computers in my home. Every time someone gives me a dead PC, I have this feeling that I MUST fix it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWho View Post
    JFWIW......
    Windows 8.1/32bit, has the ability to run/Play old 16 bit programs, but not the 64 bit version.
    Even Windows 10 Pro/32 can do it.
    To me, the only saving grace for Windows 10 is it's backward compatibility.
    Other than that, it's pretty lame for the average home PC user.

    I hate it when a hobby turns into a profession! The Commodore 64 that I got in ~1980 morphed into a very active C-64/C-1541 business that lasted for ten years. I even re-wrote the OS and burned my own Kernel ROM chips and sold them all across the Mid-West. Back in the hayday of the C-64, a complete system with disk drive, cost over $1500. Yikes!

    Only the need to run DBASE III prompted me to build my first IBM XT Clone. That too launched me into the PC Repair business. Dang it, I can't seem to get a bobby without it turning into a business.
    That was then (1983) and I'm still in the PC Repair business today. I'd love to give it up, but when I think I'll do that, someone calls me crying for HELP! So much for good intentions! lol

    It's been a wild ride! I now have 11 running computers in my home. Every time someone gives me a dead PC, I have this feeling that I MUST fix it!

    Cheers Mates!
    The Doctor
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    As you are the "Dr." please tell... what does the Future hold?
    Do you "Believe"? Do you vote? Please Read:
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