Lee Felsenstein, the moderator over at the Homebrew CC in the Bay Area, has designed an amazing machine called the SOL-20.
He named it after Les Solomon, who is an editor at Popular Electronics (my favorite magazine, next to Playboy). You can hook a B&W TV to it, and it actually has a built-in typewriter keyboard!
I seriously doubt if computers are going to get more powerful than this! 10K of RAM, an Intel 8080A, serial and cassette ports, and 5 slots for expansion.
Mike Schrayer says he’s working on a “word processor” program called Electric Pencil that will run on the SOL-20.
One problem with the SOL-20? You’re going to have to be a millionaire to own one.
It’s $1649 in kit form, and if you really have the bread stashed under your waterbed, you can buy a fully-assembled SOL for $2129.
That’s for the rich members with money to burn and lousy soldering skills (yeah, we’re talking about you, Roger!).