Old Enough to Drink

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    My dad had a TRS-80 in his office that I played with. The CPU and disk drive was so heavy it was furniture – part of the desk that was included with the computer. The daisy-wheel printer shook the whole desk when it printed. The disks were 8-inch floppies.

    Good times.



    In the plotter generation, line printers were the top dog for text. Massive drum spinning at high speed with little hammers for each character position [fixed pitch text of course].
    These babies could do a rocking 1200 lines/minute [around 20 pages/minute] on large format z fold paper with those ubiquitous serrated sprocket hole edges.
    Nobody has these at home, but corporations and government agencies had rooms full of them.



    I worked my way through college back in the late 70s babysitting one of these bad boys all night long:

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