The Laser 3000 is compatible (software-wise only) with the Apple II+ through emulation software.
A Z80 card with CP/M 80 was available, as well as an Intel 8088 card.
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This was my first real computer. I was a fan of the Apple II. I wanted to play them Chopper, Centipede, Frogger and Zaxxon games. I ordered my unit from Dick Smith Sydney.
Was an exciting moment in my life. The freight arrived from Sydney to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. My dad bought me the whole kit with the emulator, joystick, drives. I used it with a 14” colour television. Had a great time programming, paying games, composing music with the SOUND command. The CAT side had some special graphics modes and Sound options which were great. Loved those times. Graduated to Amiga 1000 after this.
I wanted a 3000 sooo bad because of its modular design. This picture does not show it with its drive. The drive was detached, so was everything else. I wound up getting a 128. I used to be able to hit ctl-break and read the programming. One fateful day, it all got locked doen and all we saw was code. This infuriated me. It was then I became a hacker. At that very moment.
Sunday 31st October 2010
This was the first computer I owned. Purchased in New Zealand for NZ$1250 through Dick Smith Electronics. Dick Smith Electronics marketed it as the CAT. It was said to be 96$ compatible with the Apple IIe when the "Emulator Catridge" was installed. The documentation I had, claimed that the Emulator Catridge increased memory from 48KB to 64KB. At the time, a genuine Apple IIe was at least double that price so it represented good value for money. I owned it for about 4 years and it proved to be reliable.