Memory Lane – Laptops

I just remembered that once, log ago and far away (mid-1980s), I had an NEC PC-8201 (Radio Shack marketed it as the Tandy 100), quite possibly the first “laptop” computer.

It ran 16 hours on 4 AA batteries!   It’s probably stashed away in one of the overwhelming number of boxes yet to be unpacked from my last move (2005) along with any number of technological artifacts.

Quick Facts:

Announced:     March 1983
Price:   US $599 w/ 8K RAM
Weight:            3.8 lbs.
CPU:    80C85, 2.4MHz
RAM:   8K, 32K max.
Ports:   RS-232, parallel port, bar code reader, 300 baud modem
Display:           40 X 8 character LCD display
Power: 4 ‘AA’ batteries or external 9vdc power supply
Storage:           audio cassette in/out
OS:      Microsoft BASIC v1.1 in ROM

I even stumbled across an active project site devoted to it.

I’d take it with me on walks, stop and sit with my back against an old tree and type away, expressing whatever was on my mind at that very moment.  Not being one to discard things unnecessarily, I probably have those old (ancient?) missives archived on some floppy, firmy, tape, or CD/DVD somewhere.  <grin>  Hard to convince myself that even if I did find and resuscitate them, it would be significantly illuminating.  But then again…………………..

Garlic Fest 2018

Join garlic-lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors, all made from -you guessed it – garlic and herbs!

Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations.

For aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic-lovers or those simply looking for a fun way to spend a Vermont end-of-summer day, the event promises something for everyone.

For the kids there will be face painting, inflatable fun jumps and other great children’s activities. Take time to wander around the spacious lawns sampling garlic delicacies and enjoy the festivities. Relax at the Beer and Wine Garden under the tent listening to live music both days.

Saturday & Sunday
September 1st and 2nd 2018
10AM to 5PM
66 Colgate Heights, Bennington, VT 05201

TICKET INFO:
Ticket prices are as follows:
$6.00 adult on line purchase (+ service fee)
$8.00 adult at gate
$2.00 child 12 and under on-line purchase (+ service fee)
$2.00 child 12 and under at gate
$10.00 adult two day pass on line purchase (+ service fee)
$12.00 adult two day pass at gate
Parking is FREE | Service Dogs Only

 

Fur Babies

 

Is there no limit to what can be spent on our pets?  I offer Neuticles, prosthetic testicles for neutered pets, for your consideration.  Over 500,000 (is that each or pairs?) since 1995.

And don’t get me started on cloning!

Barbra Streisand revealed in an interview that two of her three Coton de Tulears had been cloned from her beloved late dog Samantha, who died last year at the age of 14.