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Old 12-10-2012, 07:06 PM   #51
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Originally Posted by booklover6 View Post
I don't remember my Atari model number. I got it in 1986, I think. It was nice! There was nothing wrong with it, when I switched to a windows box. I eventually gave it away...should have kept it.
Maybe you remember what it looks like?

http://www.mr-atari.com/homecomputers.htm

My first was a 400. It was $149.99 at Zayre's Department Store. I remember the price because it came with a $50 mail in rebate and I remember thinking, "Who can't affort a $100 computer?"

Before too long I replaced it with an 800xl then a 130xe. I had the xe until 1989 when I bought a 286 for school.

I still have a half dozen Ataris -- and they all work. Apparently they were designed before MTBF was invented. I can read floppies that were written a generation ago! And the games on them are still great.

I don't do that often, though, because some clever people continue to develop hardware and software for this platform, so I can flash games onto a cart myself or play them off an SD card reader.

Despite my affection for these, I have five desktops, five laptops, four Fires, and a Kindle. 99% of my computer use is at my desktop.
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