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The first person to correctly identify the following item, in this thread, will win:

 

a sealed box of 5.25" DSDD floppy disks!

 

The following item was reviewed in a computer periodical in January, 1983:

 

"At the core of the system is the time-tested, industry standard Z80A microprocessor. An additional 8048 microprocessor is used to control the keyboard and disks. The user-programmable memory is an ample 64K, with an additional 20K bytes available for graphics display.

 

Each of the two built-in 5.25 inch disk drives holds a generous 360K bytes of formatted storage. _________ was among the first to use 5.25 floppy disks in computers, and you can count on its years of experience to produce a dependable drive system.

 

________ offers an option that lets you upgrade your __________ into a 8/16 bit system that can use software developed for the IBM PC. Another option is LAN capability that lets stand-alone computers communicate with each other, access centrally stored files, and share peripheral equipment such as printers and communications devices. A hard disk verison, which you can also upgrade to a 16-bit system, costs $4999.

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ok, I had to look it up but I'll guess:   Kaypro 2

 

I think that had only 1 DD otherwise that would have been my serious guess.

 

Alright, how do you know this without looking it up? ;)

 

This page has both versions of the Kaypro 2 with double disk drives:

http://www.old-computers.com/museum/comput....asp?st=1&c=954

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Hint #1:

 

The company that produced these computers marketed them in competition against the IBM PC and the Apple II. Its predecessors were noted for ruggedness and durability in "field conditions".

 

Popular Computing noted that, although it was capable of producing images up to a resolution of 640x240, it had no colour graphics capability, and that this might be a serious handicap for schools and "laborotories".

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ok, I had to look it up but I'll guess:   Kaypro 2

 

I think that had only 1 DD otherwise that would have been my serious guess.

 

Alright, how do you know this without looking it up? ;)

 

This page has both versions of the Kaypro 2 with double disk drives:http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?st=1&c=954

 

I was actually poking around that site last week and was reading about Kaypro, otherwise I NEVER would have known that. I didn't realize there was one with 2 DD.

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Well, Popular Computing may have got the internal schematics wrong, but Nukey didn't.

 

Yes, the NorthStar Advantage had a brief moment of glory in early '83, but quickly faded into obscurity when people discovered the wonders of detachable keyboards and CGA adapters.

 

PM me your mailing address, and those disks will be yours! I only wish I had a sealed box of 8" floppies for the occasion. :)

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