During the disco days of the 1970s, personal computers moved out of the electronic hobbyist's garage or basement and into the office, classroom, and family den. I posted a gallery that showcases several 1970-era machines from Steven Stengel's vintage computer collection. Steven has graciously allowed us to republish his photos and descriptions. Here's one of my favorites.
Dinosaur Sightings: Computers from the 1970s
MSAI 8080Built by IMS Associates, Inc. of San Leandro, California, the IMSAI 8080 is one of the first consumer computers available.
I never worked on one of these babies—still a bit before my time. Some of my first computer memories are of the Apple II's my school used. I spent many hours making a the Turtule move around the screen by entering mathematical equations using the Logo programming language.
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