Lisa, The $9,999.00 Apple Computer,
The Lisa was really the first computer sold with a mouse by Apple Computer.
It' price tag was $9,999.00. Add to that a printer and some software and
you are way over ten grand! Lisa was named after Steve Jobs' eldest daughter,
Lisa Nicole. Ralph Thomas loved this little baby and took out a loan to
get one. The Lisa project cost over $50 million and was the result of
more than 200 person-years of research and development. It was supposed
to be the Next Big Thing. It was not however the first personal computer
to use a Graphical User Interface (GUI). Several Xerox systems developed
in Palo Alto, utilized the STAR operating system. STAR contained a very
innovative icon-based interface as well as a built-in word processor and
calculator. The Lisa as the "computer for the rest of us" didn't
quite make it because it was just too expensive. It as the Macintosh
Plus, a later version of this computer; that put Apple on the map
and changed the way people saw computers forever.
An Old Ad For The Lisa Computer
Specs And Data
NAME LISA / LISA 2 - Mac XL
TYPE Professional Computer
YEAR January 1983
END OF PRODUCTION August 1986
BUILT IN LANGUAGE Lisa OS
KEYBOARD Full-stroke 77-key with numeric keypad
CPU Motorola MC 68000
SPEED 5 MHz
RAM 1 MB (2MB max. via 3rd party upgrade)
ROM 16 KB
TEXT MODES 40 x 32 bit-mapped
GRAPHIC MODES 720 x 364 dots
COLORS Monochrome (12'' built-in monitor)
SOUND Continuously Variable Slope Demodulator (CVSD)
SIZE / WEIGHT 35 (W) x 47.5 (D) x 38.8 (H) cm / 15.2 Kg
I/O PORTS 2 x RS232, 3 proprietary slots, Parallel (only on original
BUILT IN MEDIA Lisa : two 5.25'' floppy drives (871 KB)
Lisa 2/Max XL : one Sony 3.5'' floppy drive (400 KB)
OS Lisa Office System or Mac OS (Lisa 2/Mac XL only)
POWER SUPPLY Built-in 150W power supply unit
PERIPHERALS 5 MB or 10 MB external hard disk
PRICE Lisa: $9,995 (USA, 1983)
From The Ralph Thomas Collection
Of The Spy And Private-Eye Museum!
Ralph D. Thomas PI Vintage Collection
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