This was mt first computer! I remember buying it the moment I laid eyes on it. After walking out of the store with my co-worker (we were corporate pilots) I started having buyer's remorse. Mainly, I spent the rest of the day lamenting "my wife is gonna kill me!"
My partner thought it was pretty funny. But I got the last laugh. My wife trusted me to be responsible for my own decisions.
If you think about it, that kind of "non" reaction makes more sense (evolutionarily?) than berating and brow-beating the spendthrift husband:
If he has a good head on his shoulders he'll strive not to abuse that trust.
If he's a deadbeat he'll abuse that trust swiftly, and you'll waste no time getting to the point of filing divorce papers.
We've been married 30 years come this August.
Anyway, funny how this thread shows up the day after I mention the model 100/101/102 in a thread here about quality keyboards. The 101 I had was the perfect keyboard for me.
For a few years I tried to figure out how to use the 101 as the keyboard for the newer laptops I bought. ...I've always been primarily a laptop-type, I wonder why...?
I mentioned in that other thread that I eventually gave it to a friend who pressed it into service as a switch for a set of phones. As of about 6 years ago it was still clicking away.
Not long after I gave it to him, this fellow showed me how easy (easy for him to say) it was to use it as an external keyboard. But without some sort of interpretation on the receiving end he said there would be a lot of weird characters resulting from a vast different in standards... whatever. This guy is the geek supreme. Runs the tech for a TV station. First Linux I ever saw running, he got me started on FOSS.
Memories. Of all the computers I have owned I wish I still had that 101 more than any other. I have the second one after the 101 still, but it quit working around 2005. Model 2810HD IIRC. The "HD" was for "Hard Drive." The felt they should mention in the name that this computer had one. The 10 meant a whopping 10 MB on the "HD."
That was an 80286 machine. I think I probably got the most production, serious work for the business, out of that unit. I wrote a formula for calculating what the cost of an airline ticket would be to any destination, whether an airline went there or not. This was based on the seat tax.
I was able to reverse engineer what that cost would be, and compare it to the cost per passenger on our aircraft, on a flight by flight basis. At the end of the year I could sho each of the 4 companies involved what their airline costs would have been, and what they actually spent.
3 of the 4 saved a ton of real money by operating their own aircraft, and this was before hotels, lengthy car rentals and intangibles like employees having to be away from home often.
The 4th didn't care. The plane was somewhat useful, more a luxury (impressed a lot of potential customers) and he could afford it.
All with a 286. I justified my job with it! Through a couple pretty lean years.
Talk about irony (and honesty) I used a subsequent P-II/win98 lappy to push the pencil, concluding we should disolve the flight department and put me on the street. The unfortunate consequence of government mandated major engine overhaul. Forget their actual condition, at XXX hours you rebuild, no arguments.
I recommended this to the board, and they went with it. It bought me a little respect in this town...