32501Re: [midatlanticretro] RE: Mid-Atlantic Altair CP/M
- Sep 24, 2013"Evan Koblentz" <evan@...> writes:
>>> I've have heard from another MARCH member who will remain nameless,This discussion and argument is getting old and tiring.
>>>that the IMSAI in WarGames was an "anachronism"
>Gee I wonder who. :)
>When I use that word -- whether it's to non-techie museum visitors, or
>to the Yahoo Movies writer, etc. -- my intention is show them that
>appliance 8-bitters were dominant by the time the movie came out.
A couple of things to ponder, especially since many here were still
wetting their nappies or weren't even born when this movie and or the
IMSAI 8080 were produced and or sold.
The movie's production and its filming started WELL before its 1983
From <http://http://oldcomputers.net/imsai8080.html> , the assembled
price for the IMSAI was $931.
Using the inflation calculator at <http://www.westegg.com/inflation/>
$931 in 1978 equates to $3232.10 in 2012! I can tell you that I would
NOT spend $3K+ for any computer for my High School kid (assuming mine
were still in High School) today. My 2 boys went off to college with
MacBooks and I spent nowhere near $3K for either one of those MacBooks!
1978 was a different era. Mom and dad did NOT cower to little Johnny's
or little Suzie's every whim and demand. Any kid then would have been
damned lucky to have had his/her parents shell out that kind of money
for such a hobby!
That era did not see people tossing technology out with the bath water
every couple of months such as is the norm today with the mobile phone
and iToy upgrade mindset today.
Ergo, I, personally, do not believe that seeing the IMSAI 8080 used in
the movie WarGames is such an anachronism.
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