A successor to the popular Model 100, the 102 retains the same basic form factor in a slightly thinner case. The system came with 24K, with this model having been expanded to 32K. The built-in software includes a text editor, address book, and scheduling, as well as a Microsoft BASIC interpreter. All of these are accessed via the non-backlit LCD screen of 40 characters wide by 8 deep. The system can run from mains power or 4xAA batteries, with the latter delivering 14 hours of operation. The underside has a switch that enables you to ensure that memory remains powered when the device is turned off (and thereby not loose data). The manual suggests that it should never be switched off, and to place tape over the switch to avoid it being done by accident! It also includes a built-in 300-baud modem, plus (on the underside of the system) a red triangular sticker indicating that it is prohibited from connection to the British Telecommunications network!
Tandy, 1986

Donated/on loan from: Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research (CSCAN), Plymouth University

Tandy 102

Tandy 102 Portable Computer

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