Yup, a little rubber keyed Speccy here too, albeit the 16K model rather than the 48K. I can still remember wondering how that little black box worked and being amazed and intruiged by all the strange coloured words covering the keyboard.
@Richard.Hein: Ah, yes. The good ole Trash 80. Fanboyism has a long history.
@cbae:That was my first "personal" computer. I also had the tape drive, but it was soon replaced after the 1541 disk drive came out.
Oh, but don't you miss the psychedellic jiffyload... it blew my mind how fast it was... oh, and the colors lol... but maybe nostalgia is clouding the awesomeness that was those 180KB floppies... hehe... and you get the other side for free w/ a cheap notcher
Truth be told, I secretly lusted after this one (which I haven't seen anyone admitted to have)
Look at the chart again. 304 is probably the lowest grade of the stainless steels. Compare the price of 304 with aluminum.
But it's not just about the raw material, it's how its processed. Note how I said it would anodised.
Anodizing is one of the cheapest plating processes available. I've got to hand it Apple. They've bamboozled the public into thinking one of the most abundant and cheap elements on Earth is a precious metal.
I did eventually get a CPM card that gave 132 columns, upper and lower case, and the complete awesomeness of wordstar...
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