1982 Home Computer Setup

When I look at computer setups from the past, I am not just struck with how much computers have changed over the years, but also how far we have come in the way of desks (and how far we have to go still).

How much of the tech do you recognize in this photo?

[via] Copperline


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16 thoughts on “1982 Home Computer Setup

  1. Looks like a Texas Instruments computer, TI expansion unit, and an Atari 2600 joystick. There’s a tape recorder there but I can’t tell if that’s for the computer or for recording notes…

    *The monitor I am using STINKS!

  2. Marcus says:

    Thanks for the photo! Oddly enough I just purchased an Apple 2e and have been scouring the internet trying to find old info on constructing a desk for it. With my current desk I feel as if I could lean forward and rest my chin on the keyboard it’s so high. (I refuse to hang wooden paneling though. Have to draw the line somewhere.)

  3. I also see a TI-57 (or 58/59). The images is a little too blurry to be sure.

    As for the PEB (Peripheral Expansion Box), they are monstrous! Heavy, too! They use fully encased expansion cards which I believe were unnecessarily oversized for their purpose.

  4. This was basically my first computer setup. I got a TI-99/4A in 1982 and expanded it over the course of the next year. It was pretty much just like that. I wish I had a clear photo of my full setup.

    And, for those commenting on the massive expansion unit…well, there were worse ways to go in expanding a TI-99/4A…

  5. Max Power says:

    There’s a small furniture store near me that still announces “Computer Desks” on their highway sign. I have to stop in there to see if they still sell those kneeling stools that were marginally popular in the 80s.

  6. And is that a speech synth plugged–almost invisibly–into the right side of the TI? I used to love playing with that thing.

  7. John McCormick says:

    That is one of the few vintage systems I never had. What all expansion would people use the expansion bay for?

  8. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Such a great retro computing picture!
    Feel like jumping into the photo and sitting down for hours of compu-fun.
    Also about an hour of loading proggies into the system.

  9. Kevan Coleman says:

    I enjoyed seeing that old TI-99/4A system as it was back then. One of the neat things about the TI; there were so many different ways to expand them, hardly any two were exactly alike.

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