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Email anno 1984

Emailing anno 1984 when over seas. Posted by hagr.

The way you would check your emails from a train/your hotel room back in 1984.

Featuring a fancy modem and a Tandy TRS-80 Model 100:

('Database's' Tony Bastable demonstrates the art of emailing 1980's style when over seas. First shown on Thames TV in 07/06/1984.)

As a happy coincident, there was a post in r/CyberDeck about a reporter who used a TR-80 back in the day writing about the Tandy TR-80 Model 100 (typed on a TR-80 Model 100): This TRS-80

A great read, however, contrary to a statement in the article, this model was definitely not the first portable computer, nor the first laptop/notebook computer. (The first one of this form factor was the Epson HX-20.)

Published on Thu 20th May 2021. Featured in KBD #27 (source).


1989 Nixdorf Computers keyboard

1989 Nixdorf Computers keyboard with 30 F-keys. Renovated (lubed mx blacks, dampened, retrobrite) by bubr123.

Sounds of an IBM 5251 Beamspring

This IBM 5251 Beamspring brings pleasure to your ears (by Icemanrec).

Hughes printing telegraph, 1860

The Hughes printing telegraph, the second "keyboard", was a huge improvement compared to its predecessor. Spotted by TheSemiHistorian.


1986 Japanese Apple 'Mackintosh Plus'

1986 Japanese release of the Apple 'Mackintosh Plus' Keyboard. (M0110AJ). Posted by hewplah.