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Wednesday 26th August 2009
David Levine (USA)

The HP-9826 was a screamingly fast and powerful machine for its time. It was much better than the IBM PC with twice the clock speed and a 16 bit bus, an external hard drive, a digitizing tablet, and 2 MB of RAM. That entire package I''m sure cost over $10000.

I used one in Jim Blinn''s CS286 computer graphics course at Caltech with an external 16 color monitor (Barco) for rendering. The programming language was Pascal.

We called them "chipmunks". I thought that was just a cute nickname but I recently read that was the internal HP codename for the machine.

I spent hundreds of hours cooped up in a room with them completing a program that was used to design integrated circuits.

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