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InSITE--A Bytes Blast from the Past!

Is your computer obsolete? Not just a little behind the times, but really obsolete? No surprise, but there's now a place for it, on the 'Web. You know the phrase about one man's junk being another's treasure? Here's proof. Surf here with your brand spanking new three- gigahertz machine with the flat panel display and see how far we've come.

It's the Obsolete Computer Museum, a quirky little site with no exciting graphics, no fancy sounds, but tons of information. You do have to be a dedicated computer geek to appreciate it though. The webmaster does this in his free time, which explains the occasional dead link. It really is a labor of love.

You'll probably find your first love, first computer love that is, here. I found the first computer we ever used in the WTOC newsroom, an IBM PC from the early eighties. The whole thing had half the storage space of today's 1.44mb floppy disc. We actually kept a record of all our videotape archives on this beast, and current Assignment Editor George Murphy created the program that kept it going. The pricetage ? About $2,000.

How about what's probably the first true "home" computer, the Commodore C-64. Pat Prokop had one, and tried to convince us it was the wave of the future. Of course, he was right, but we couldn't see it with the strange looking screen. But it did offer some games at the time. Take a good look Everquest and XBox and Playstation fans, this is how it all started.

Look like a toy? It's cousins are. Mattel actually made a computer for a while, the Aquarius. You could even get a toy- sized thermal printer, which was a big deal in those days.

Speaking of big deals, the site doesn't discriminate, they allow Apples. Here's an early one.

Here's a failed one, the Apple Lisa.

And the next one, really, NExt was the computer Steve Jobs helped build when he got ticked off at Apple and left. He went back, NExt didn't last any longer than Lisa.

There's a section where you can ask the serious computer geeks questions, if you've got an old machine around the house and wonder if it's worth anything, or worth fixing up.

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