December '09 - Old Computer Software.
I've been selling old computer software on
ebay. It's strange how some sells for quite a
lot and receive a lot of bids and yet for
some there is no interest at all.
I have a
computer called a Sinclair QL, it was
invented in 1983 but I didn't get mine until
the early 90s. It was one of those advanced
computers ahead of its time that was said to
have been sold, manufactured then designed in
that order. It was a mess when it first came
out and had a lot of design fixes over the
years. It contained a 32-bit processor but
all of the other components were designed for
8-bit so the processor spent most of the time
waiting making the computer run a lot slower
than it was supposed to. It was upgradable
but the extra memory was still always of the
slow type. You could even 'upgrade' to a
slower processor that made the overall speed
of the computer faster.
I sold a
Flight Simulator and Accounts software for
the Sinclair QL on ebay recently, they were
sold as seperate items and there was a
bidding war to buy them. They sold for more
than what I had paid for them brand new
nearly twenty years ago.
another computer called an Amiga 1200 that I
bought about ten years ago. It was my main
computer for a long time and I have zillions
of software for it. The main advantage of the
Amiga was that it out-performed the PC in
everything, it had a 14mhz clock speed and 2
meg memory but if you compared it with a
similar spec PC there was no contest. It was
easily the equivalent of a 75mhz PC. It even
had PC emulation software and you could run
MSDOS on it. You could also use the internet
on it although it always had a problem with
websites that used Java.
software just isn't rare enough. I cannot
sell a single item of Amiga software online,
maybe I can in another ten years.
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