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QUANTUM PRODRIVE LPS52AT

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The LPS52AT (950-5-9105) does not requires write precompensation. Its supported for BIOS compatibility reasons. When we acquired one of these new IDE hard disks, we needed to acquire a card to support connecting it as the old CDC hard disk was MFM format. The low cost of the controller make this new disk driver very …

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SOFTWARE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION

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The Software Publishers Association (SPA) was founded by Ken A Wasch in 1984. 1090 VERMONT AVENUE NW SIXTH FLOOR WASHINGTON, DC 20005 The SPA was established as a marketing and public relations organization trying to develop the commercial software industry. Most software is free for the IBM PC with some commercial packages mostly targetting businesses. Games are …

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TETRIS

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Tetris was released on June 6, 1984 by Alexy Pajitnof. Tetris is a puzzle game. Gameplay is simple, there is a portrait oriented game board and pieces fall from above. The player can rotate the pieces to complete a row which is then removed. The pic shows the 5 different pieces used in the game. …

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NORTH AMERICAN VIDEO GAME CRASH 1983

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The video game industry was running at around $2.2 billion in early 1983 when it then fell to around $100 million. The decline was over 95%. The big problem was oversaturation of the US market combined with a flood of new games in 1982. In 1983 there were far fewer world-class games available. The aftermath …

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IBM PC JR

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The IBM PC Jr. was released on November 1, 1983. It took a few months for supplies to become widely distributed. The 4860-004 ships with 64KB of memory. The 4860-067 ships with 128KB of memory and a 360K floppy drive. The graphics were largely CGA with some improvements. 320×200 in 16 colors was the most …

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LOTUS 1-2-3

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Lotus 1-2-3 was released on  January 26, 1983. Almost immediately this program became the “killer” application. The PC immediately found use in accounting and finance. Lotus 1-2-3 pushed memory use on the PC as spreadsheets became more complex. Each cell was programmable which used more memory than a static sheet and using a specialized interpreter. Lotus …

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