Historic Photos: A colour computer and women in 1980s computing!

Primarily a domestic games machine, in this photo the computer appears to be in use in a US lawyer’s office -- this was no doubt a flight of fancy from the marketing department.

The computer cost $399 (about $1000 in today’s money) and used a domestic colour TV as a monitor which could display 16 lines of 32 characters. The machine used a Motorola 6809E 8-bit microprocessor and came with 4K bytes of memory; the 16K version cost half as much again.

The role and face of the woman in the photograph perhaps tells us something about why women were not rushing to the fore of computing in the 1980s! Thankfully things are changing.

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