Thursday, November 25, 2010
First Apple Computer Sets Record
The first manufactured Apple computer, an important historic relic, sold Nov. 23, 2010, at a Christie's London auction for $213,600 (a record price for a personal computer sold at auction, according to Christie's). It was made in 1976 and sold then for $666.66 (about $2,600 in today's inflated dollars). It did not have a case, power supply, keyboard, or monitor, but it did have an assembled motherboard. Others at the time were self-assembly kits.
The Apple-1 motherboard, No. 82, cassette board connector, keyboard interface, heatsink, and three capacitors are in the original shipping box with a letter signed by Steve Jobs. It only had 8K bytes of RAM.
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Quote of the Day:
The house of representatives ... can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as the great mass of society. This has always been deemed one of the strongest bonds by which human policy can connect the rulers and the people together. It creates between them that communion of interest, and sympathy of sentiments, of which few governments have furnished examples; but without which every government degenerates into tyranny. --James Madison, Federalist No. 57, 1788