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The CPT 8000 was the company’s first microcomputer product, exhibited in spring of 1976. It was a self-contained desktop machine with two floppy diskette drives, a movable keyboard, and a full-page vertically-oriented display with black characters on a white background, for a wysiwyg view of text on paper. It was promoted as familiar and easy to use for those experienced with typewriters.
The CPT 8000 had dual-window editing, where text was assembled in an upper window from text entered at the keyboard or from one or more files brought successively into the lower window. Words, lines, paragraphs, and pages could be slid from the lower window to the upper, as in the cassette tapes of the CPT 4200, or they could be deleted from the lower window. In addition the two screens could lock and scroll up or down together.
The machine used two processors, an 8080 microprocessor and a custom display processor. 65,536 bytes of main memory were standard and were used jointly by both processors for executable code, program data, and video memory. Price: approx. $15,000, 1980-era values.

Q: come si chiamava il computer che usavi?

Enrico Furia: quale computer?
Quello negli Stati Uniti?
La società era C.P.T. Corporation, di Minneapoli (MN).
Su Internet si trova ancora qualche traccia dell’azienda, che chiuse nei primi anni’90.

Q: modelli di computer che hai utilizzato?

Enrico Furia: Allora, io avevo cominciato a smanettare sulla SR50 di Texas Instruments, una calcolatrice programmabile. Poi avevo usato il computer CPT che aveva un programma matematico, oltre a quello di videoscrittura. Il programma di videoscrittura era un HTML like, mentre quello di matematica era un programma strano, ma sempre HTML like.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPT_Word_Processors

Io lavoravo su un CPT 8000 che aveva avuto la brillante idea di mettere in verticale il video in modo che si leggeva la pagina piena. Aveva un Processore Intel 8080, una macchina da guerra per resistenza fisica, ma di una lentezza impressionante.

Infatti CPT era l’acronimo di Cassette Powered Typewriter.

si è lui. Quando arrivai io copstava 16.000 $ In Italia veniva abbinato ad una stampante a margherita a doppio carrello per scrivere sui fogli protocollo. Non riuscimmo a vendere neanche uno ai notai, che rispondevano: “Se mi vede la finanza che ho un computer che costa con la stampante 20,.000 $ mi perseguita a vita se non pago tasse congrue.”

Siccome l’avanzamento della stampante avveniva per inch, mentre il foglio prptocollo era disegnato in cm.,costruimmo una rotella di ingranaggio in nylon per compensare i due sistemoi di misura, qualcosa di incredibile per la precisione.

Poi il disco rigido era un Winchester (grande come una valigia) da 20 Mega.

Ci scrivevi una intera libreria. Un libro intero pesava mediamente 300K.

 

Questo era il Winchester che usavo io. Portavo computer, stampante e disco rigido su un carrettino, quando andavo in dimostrazione da un cliente.

….. scusa devo andare.

Ciao alla prossima.


During the 1970’s there was a tremendous growth in dedicated word processing microcomputers in the business field.

These machines were usually large, bulky and very inflexible. Designed only for basic business word processing functions,

they are not usually considered “personal computers” even though they are microcomputer systems.
These systems were often very expensive, costing $10,000 or more for a single workstation.
The dedicated word processing systems began to fade from use when the true personal computers started to become available,

which could utilize word processing software as well as other types of business and personal software.
The following is a list of some of the more well known names in the dedicated word processor market during the 1970’s and

1980’s.
CPT produced dedicated word processing microcomputers.
CPT Corporation of Minneapolis, Minnesota, produced dedicated word processing systems and was one of the best known names in such systems during the 1970’s and early 1980’s.

CPT Corporation shipped its first Series 4200 word processors in 1972, which sold for $5,000.
The CPT 8100 system was a full featured word processing system that also supported CP/M and came with an on-line dictionary, spell checking software, training materials and audio cassettes.

The CPT 8100 system sold for about $14,000 in 1982.

(from http://www.computermuseum.li/Testpage/DedicatedWPMicros.htm)

See also: https://www.aneddoticamagazine.com/2013/09/wordstar/


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