Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Aug 2012 04:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Quick - name the most important personal computer of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Those of you who mentioned the legendary Apple II - that's fine. I respect your decision. Forced to think objectively in 2012, I may even agree. But if you just named Radio Shack's TRS-80, you made me smile. Your choice is entirely defensible. And back in the TRS-80's heyday, I not only would have agreed with it but would have vehemently opposed any other candidate."
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Still have a Model 100 laptop
by rikostan on Sat 4th Aug 2012 04:52 UTC
rikostan
Member since:
2007-02-24

I still have a TRS-80 model 100 laptop in it's large plastic case with the cup modem. I think it was 3 AA batteries it took, maybe 4, but they lasted a month easy.

We got rid of the model IIIs, the CoCo, the Vic20, Commodore, etc, when we moved, but no way I am getting rid of the laptop. Got to hold on to some of your roots!

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Hm, interesting... ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRS-80_Model_100 )

The Model 100 firmware was the last Microsoft product that Bill Gates developed personally, along with Suzuki. According to Gates, "part of my nostalgia about this machine is this was the last machine where I wrote a very high percentage of the code in the product".[3] http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/comphist/gates.htm#tc35


Edited 2012-08-04 07:36 UTC

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KLU9 Member since:
2006-12-06

I was just microblogging the other day about how the Model 100 was my 1st computer, and I saw that Bill Gates coded *on* it ( http://oldcomputers.net/trs100.html ) , but fun to learn that he also coded *for* it. thx for that link.

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Keptinkomradedrbob Member since:
2008-02-28

I to still have my Model 100. And the 3.5" floppy for it. ;)

It ran on 4 AA batteries.

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