Dinosaur sightings - old-school computer hardware

Sony SMC-70

This is a picture of my old Sony SMC-70 computer, that was my first computer that I bought, in 1983 (came out in 1982) it had the first 3 1/2" floppy disks available commercially. It has a Z80A CPU at 4.072 MHz! it uses CP/M as an operating system, and the video mode can write on the screen at four layers. I also have a light pen and the printer that was available for it. You could also get a unit called a Supercharger with an 8086 CPU in it and the unit could be even more powerful.


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I myself have a Tandy 1000 HX. Intel 8088 (4/7MHz) processor, 128K onboard RAM +a 512K expansion card (640K total), MSDOS 2.11 on internal ROM, 2x 720KB floppy drives, CGA & EGA video onboard, 4-voice PC sound with headphone jack (Deskmate's music program was a lot of fun growing up.) The keyboard and PC unit were cobined, which made taking it apart interesting if you spilled something on the keyboard. It also had 2 propriatary joystick ports which in Deskmate could function as a mouse. Which I did xD This was my first computer (inherited from my dad). It's as old as I am, and it still works like a charm.