Saturday, September 25, 2010

The SACS Report, Episode 4

The SACS Report was a public-access cable television show produced by the Southern Alleghenies Computer Society of Johnstown, PA, in the early 1990s.  For more background, please see the entry for Episode 2.

In this episode, we see the debut of my awesome sweater collection, featuring a button-up V-neck sweater over a turtleneck.  My patterned socks also figure prominently in this episode.  Unfortunately, the age of the VHS tape results in extremely poor video quality—the worst of the series—and my stunning wardrobe is mostly obscured.  The good news is that you’ll be able to devote your attention instead to my panel of guests, Craig Haynal, Mike MacInnis, and Ben Hauger.

The topic of the discussion is “Buying a New Computer.”  The discussion includes whether to buy a 286 or 386-based system, the merits of new technologies like IDE hard drives and Microsoft Windows, and IBM’s new PS/1 and PS/2 computers for the home market.  The panel reminds computer shoppers that they’ll probably want a printer for their new computer, and they discuss the merits of 9-pin vs. 24-pin printers.

A highlight is Mike MacInnis’ prescient use of the term “Clone Wars.”  He should receive his check from George Lucas any day now.  Also: “modeming.”

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