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Commodity Computer Ads, 1989

And then here's eight years later than that PC and six years later than my $12,000 fully-decked out XT. The Calgary Computer Paper back page, 1989. Prices range from just under $2000, to just over $3000, with the at-the-time inevitable conspicuous consumption of the $7000 for the 33MHz machine just a third faster than the $3200 25MHz. It of course has the largest available hard disk and RAM. Most people were pushing $4000 for a good system with printer. And laptops, note, were a sharp step up in price - nearly doubling - from desktops of similar horsepower.

© Roy Brander, P.Eng 2007