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Release timeline for 128KB personal computers?

IBM, Apple, Commodore, and Atari all released upgraded versions of their popular home/personal computers having "stock" 128KB of RAM around the early 1980's. What was the order of release (...
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Cheapest way to store and load small dataset in the 80s?

An extra, costly floppy drive would overkill when transferring a page of letter, storing game level data, or distributing a piece of BASIC program, and non built-in ones have to be paid. A tape ...
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How fast were BASIC interpreters in the 80s? (Is this optimization for speed really necessary?)

I have a client who wants me to analyze a BASIC program from Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum. I have never written a line of BASIC in my life as I was born in 1995 and started programming around ...
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How were UHF channels allocated to home computers?

A recent vice.com article explains why UHF channel 37 was never allocated to TV channels in the US, which reminded me that most (all?) home computers with UHF TV outputs used channel 36[*], along with ...
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