can anyone help? im looking for links to help me in a project about the history of the Home Computer. and can anyone shed any light on the official first home computer, any help will be appriciated. thank you
Depends what you calss as a computer - pj123 is probably right with his suggestion of the Abacus. I think the machine that we have come to know and love (?) stems from a concept of Charles Babbage. Recently 1990 (?) a machine was constructed using his original designs and was shown to be functional.
In the 70's I once saw an IBM Portable Computer which had beefed up parts in it so the client felt he was getting value for money, when he felt the weight in it..The engineer dropped it but as he was field testing it all he had to do was report the event and carry on using it. He used a Modem that you dropped a phone handset into.
I think the cost was around £4000.
A full page advert in the Daily Telegraph 1988 OCT 7TH (page 13)showed an EPSON PC AX with a spec of 12MHz 64K memory(std) and 7 expansion slots. Capable of handling 4 disc drives 40 and 80mb of hard disc space. all this for £1699 up to £2699 (exc. VAT) In addition it had a single floppy disc for use as a network terminal.