Friday, July 16, 2010
Blast from the Past
If you installed a serial port card, you could even hook up a mouse to make navigation easier. If you didn't want to have to keep swapping discs out when you ran programs, you could install a "hard card" - which was an expansion card with a 20 MB hard drive stuck to it. I had two of those hard drives, and they both stopped working years ago, when I was still actively using the machine.
This Tandy has been one of the few things I've managed to hang on to since my bachelor days. I did a lot of writing on it back then, and it was on this machine that my old buddy Phil Chajkowski at Aldersgate College saw me doing journal entries and came up with my nickname "Doogie" which has stuck to this day. I must have moved sixteen times in my unstable and gallivanting bachelor days, and it came with me every time.
While tidying up the garage, I dusted off the old beast. On a whim, I hooked everything up and tried booting the computer. Here's what happened:
So it looks like I'll have to consign this dear old electronic friend of mine to the scrap heap. It's a pity, but life goes on. Although I wonder if it's so old that it's become a collector's item...