7. Reader Rabbit (V.1- ’86): We basically learned how to spell in front of a computer. There wasn’t a day in early elementary school when we weren’t trying to win spelling races against a seemingly invincible turtle. tur·tle /ˈtərtl/

8. TI-80 graphing calculator (’95): 980 kHz proprietary CPU; 7 KB RAM; 64 x 68 pixels; no link abilities, and not designed for programming. Guys in our high school math class used to arm curl these gray bricks of advanced ‘mobile computing,’ and our parents had to take out a second mortgage to pay for one.


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