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While cleaning up yet another small part of my office, I found these brochures between other papers. Do you remember those computers?

Brochures for TI TM990/189, Commodore PET, Rockwell AIM 65, Synertek VIM-1 and ITT 2020 Micro Computer

Remember those computers? These were the brochures for TI TM990/189, Commodore PET, Rockwell AIM 65, Synertek VIM-1 and ITT 2020 Micro Computer, from the very early 1980’s.

The brochures must date from the years 1980 or 1981, I think – I bought a Sinclair ZX-81 in 1982, and these brochures must have been part of my selection process. I even noted the approximate prices for several of them:

Synertek VIM 1 14.000 BEF
TI TM 990/189 16.000 BEF
Rockwell AIM 65 17.000 BEF
ITT 2020 54.000 BEF

According to the EconStats site, a Belgian franc in 1980 would have been worth two and a half times a franc of today. For those of you unfamiliar with the pre-euro currency rates: thousand BEF (Belgian francs) correspond to approximately 25€. So in current money, those old and admittedly limited computers would cost:

Synertek VIM 1 875 €
TI TM 990/189 1.000 €
Rockwell AIM 65 1.062 €
ITT 2020 3.375 €

No wonder I hesitated to buy any of them, even though I really wanted to get my hands on one of them. Micro-computers were so new then that there wasn’t much to read about them, you really needed to touch and use them in order to grok them. And no, there was no Internet in those days, remember?

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