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    Default Re: The first PC. Was it really that long ago?

    Panasonic make heat pump insides and then sell to all the other manufacturers to put their own cases on I have been told by a heat pump engineer.

    *disclaimer* I don't know if it is true.

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    Default Re: The first PC. Was it really that long ago?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kame View Post
    Patents monopolise and destroy advancements. Good for the holder, bad for others.
    Good for the Chinese . They just ignore patents & copy everything. Theres a ton of money to be made in selling clones & copies .
    They even copy car's !!

    Given the patent trolls & big companies suing small companies for using common words (& names) in their branding, Im not sure which system is better: the Chinese or the western system
    When (say) Mr Joe McDonald's corner shop gets sued for using his own name, its time to say : no . Its gone too far

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    Default Re: The first PC. Was it really that long ago?

    Quote Originally Posted by R2x1 View Post
    Wow, those machines were EXPENSIVE.
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    Default Re: The first PC. Was it really that long ago?

    Panasonic KX-P1124, I have one of those in my garage, very fast for a dot matrix printer, was being used up until about two years ago by a friend's family most days.
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    Default Re: The first PC. Was it really that long ago?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kame View Post
    Sanyo was partly acquired by Panasonic before they took them over fully.

    Panasonic maybe struggling or still figuring out how to reorganise themselves, they stopped producing TVs.

    Most brands get bought by the competition, especially when the advantage arises with them performing poorly.

    As for lacking features, most definitely but the worse thing is patents. Basically you can seal ideas without needing a prototype. So imagine you sealed your very future by patenting your intended future for a device. An ipod to play mp3s, later add photos, later add videos, wifi, etc. Because you patented the future and the only way to not infringe is to improve on the patent but you can't because those improvements were patented. Patents monopolise and destroy advancements. Good for the holder, bad for others.
    Patents have degenerated into an excellent scheme for lawyers hell-bent on defying, if not actually reversing, the intent of the original law. It's just what they do, and rather profitably too.
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    Very interesting, I used to sell business computers in this early period, IBM compatibles for $6,000 and $6,000 worth of accounting software.
    Only businesses could afford them.
    The trick was to be compatible they had to run Lotus 123 and Flight Simulator.
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    Default Re: The first PC. Was it really that long ago?

    Quote Originally Posted by Digby View Post
    Very interesting, I used to sell business computers in this early period, IBM compatibles for $6,000 and $6,000 worth of accounting software.
    Only businesses could afford them.
    The trick was to be compatible they had to run Lotus 123 and Flight Simulator.
    MDSOS 4.00 and 5.00 and then 6.00
    Autoexec.Bat and Config.sys
    Ah, the memories! You may be able to answer the question posed earlier in this thread. How much would my Sanyo SBC-555 have cost back in 1984-ish?
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    Wow really nice learning about computer history today.

    Good thing computers are "cheaper" these days. My first computer of my own (not a family computer) was when I was 15 and it was only in the $500 mark.

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