Astral 2000

This is a machine that you won’t see very often.  It’s the Astral 2000. It was first mentioned in the May 1976 issue of the Homebrew Computer Club newsletter and first advertised in the November issue of Byte magazine.  It was manufactured by M & R Enterprises and designed completely …

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Kaypro II

The Kaypro II was a more modern looking computer even though it came out in 1982. The Kaypro company was founded by Andy Kay and under the name of Non-Linear Systems. The Kaypro II was the first computer made totally of metal. It was designed to be portable. It weighed …

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Heathkit H89

The Heath Company of Benton Harbor, Michigan founded in 1912 by Edward Bayard Heath became early pioneers in the electronics industry. They created a line of products known as Heathkits, these allowed electronic enthusiasts to purchase a kit version of an electronic product and build an equivalent home assembled version …

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Osborne 1

The Osborne 1 or OCC-1 was the first portable computer to get to market and become a commercial success. Released in 1981 by the Osborne Computer Corporation the unit weighed in at a hefty 23.5lb and cost a whopping $1795. Housed in a sewing machine sized box, the unit comprised …

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