The “Right” Computer (At The Time)

For years my Dad and I have joked around about a notecard he had jotted down a few notes on for when he ever got around to buying a new computer. Our conversations about what’s new and great concerning the next “must-have” computer always annoyed my sister to the point that we’d have to postpone our geek talk to when she wasn’t around. The fun part about this index card was that it was from 1994 – around the time that I purchased my first computer – the ZEOS Pantera Pentium-90. The best part – it was probably like $3,000!!! (One day I’ll poke around my old files to see if I can find my original order!)

The starting price for a Pantera Pentium-75 is only $1695, while $2500-$3500 will provide the user with the utmost in performance features, more memory and larger hard drives. The Pantera line features memory from 4MB to 384MB and EIDE (Enhanced Integrated Drive Electronics) hard drives available to 1GB (upgradeable to 4GB SCSI). For optimum EIDE hard drive performance, the Pantera line even supports Programmed IO Mode 4, which provides the fastest data transfer rates possible. The Pantera Pentium PCs include three PCI slots and five ISA (Industry Standard Architecture) slots, and most feature a 4X CD-ROM.

Doesn’t that just get you excited??

So this mysterious card has been talked about for the last 15 years finally resurfaced a few weeks ago when my Dad was cleaning out some old papers… He was gracious enough to send it over for my own collection and I figured I’d share some humor on our own technology! (Almost as much fun as reading through some old Radio Shack catalogs!)

Computer Notecard

My New Computer

  • 90 or 100 Mhz
  • 2 MB video RAM
  • 16 MB RAM
  • Triden(t) chip set
  • Windows 95
  • 28.8 Modem
  • 1.2 MB Hard Drive (If less than $200)
  • Partion (?) Drive / PIO Mode #4 is best speed
  • MPEG Movie
  • Cache Memory
  • Monitor 15″ or 17″ MAG
  • Sound Card – AWE 32 or Ensoniq
  • Full Size Tower
  • 4X CD-ROM Drive
  • HP Laser Printer (Dave has HP 4L, 300 DPI) – Get 600 DPI minimum
  • Canon Color Printer w/ Hallmark Stuff
  • Future Tape Backup
  • Surge Protection
  • Cables / PaperĀ  / Disks / Supplies
  • Quicken
  • CAD
  • CorelDRAW 6
  • Check Software

What fun!! We’ve come a long way in 15 years, haven’t we? I can only wonder what the next 15 years will look like?

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