Simple and Retro Computers

Some post about so called home computers which were the first computers to enter a lot of homes back in and throughout the 80s.

Wikipedia does mention quite a number of them so check it out for an overview and further details.

Several of those computers still have a lot of fans and being one of them I will find it funny enough from time to time to add entertaining bits and pieces about them to this weblog in the future . . . 🙂

AMSTRAD CPC

Also distributed as the Schneider CPC in german speaking countries this 8bit computer series from the UK was very popular at least in Europe selling a couple of million units and as it happens I had one of them too.

Since I also started to do some programming on this computer it is no coincidence that so far all of my apps are sporting one or the other similarity to that cool computer‘s style.

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(Photograph by Rama, Wikimedia Commons, Cc-by-sa-2.0-fr)

CPCWIKI.EU features a lot of detailed information and a good forum about them.

COMMODORE C64

Another quite popular 8bit computer that was around at the time.

COMMODORE AMIGA VS ATARI ST

Commodore founder Jack Tramiel had to leave or anyway left the company for Atari and competed with Commodore in the 16bit home computer era.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES

After others had envisioned and come up with actual microcomputers already in about the second half of the 70s it still was a very big deal and game changer when IBM entered the market in 1981 with their IBM PC.

At the time the status of the ‘Big Blue’ company eased the establishment of their chosen system as a standard that other computer manufacturers would start to adopt and follow too.

Over the years this standard based on an open architecture around an Intel CPU developed a life of its own with ever decreasing dependance on what IBM would contribute.

Outsold by often cheaper competing compatibles eventually IBM exited the consumer market in 2005 when it sold its personal computer section to Lenovo.

Of course one should also mention that IBM standard personal computers were expensive in general and first established themselves only in a ‘serious’ office environment before they eventually also took over the home computer market and became the overall personal computer standard in the 90s.

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