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…………………..