dodecahedron wrote:what was that computer, cfitz?
i don't remember a 6502 computer with 8KB.
An Ohio Scientific C1P. It came with built-in BASIC in ROM, a bare-bones machine code monitor, and a 24x24 (I think - it's all a little hazy now
) black and white character graphics video system that displayed on a regular television via an RF modulator. Programs were stored on regular audio cassettes recorded on a standard tape deck (not included). Programs scrolled down the screen as they loaded from tape, and the loading was so slow that you could read the program code as it rolled by. But it was solidly reliable, more than I can say for the Atari 800 that succeeded it.
By the way, the 8 KByte RAM was an upgrade
from the standard 4 KByte RAM!!
Strangely, a mysterious and wonderful storage device known as a "Winchester Hard Disc Drive" was available as an option for this humble little computer. It was absolutely pointless, of course, since even in those days of tiny hard drive storage capacity (1 MByte? 2 MBytes?? - again, it is hazy) the storage on a hard drive greatly overmatched the amount of data one could reasonably generate from a 8-KByte 6502 microcomputer. Not to mention that it was hideously expensive. Truly the only reason it was a potential option at all is because Ohio Scientific made mid-range business computers as well, for which the Winchester was really intended.