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WOW: Xerox Star from 1982, a computer ahead of it's time.

MS DOS 1.0 was released in 1981. If you had a computer back then, you know they were pretty primitive machines. There was no such thing as a mouse, to make it do anything you had to type in a command. Look where Xerox were in their development at the time, in 1982 they were selling computers that were unbelievably advanced. Why didn't they dominate the market? They sold for $16,000. A complete office set up, with multiple networked computers, a file server and a laser printer (yes, they even had a laser printer back when everyone else would be using "dot matrix" printers for the next decade) could cost upwards of $100,000 ($250,000 in 2016 dollars). For comparison, a Commodore Vic 20 cost just $300. Still, it's an amazing piece of kit, and somewhat unknown by most people. What's even more amazing is they had the basics of the system working in 1972. [Wikipedia] The Xerox Star systems concept owes much to the Xerox Alto, an experimental workstation designed by the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). The first Alto became operational in 1972. At first, only few Altos were built.[1] Although by 1979 nearly 1,000 Ethernet-linked Altos were in use at Xerox and another 500 at collaborating universities and government offices,[2] it was never intended to be a commercial product. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xerox_Star