Q: In late 1982, my husband bought a small Timex personal computer for $105 (including taxes). We still have the computer, without its box, and the original receipt. He used it exactly once. Should I keep it or toss it?
A: You have a “Timex Sinclair 1000” computer. It was the first computer produced by Timex Sinclair, a joint venture of Timex Corp., a U.S. company, and Sinclair Research of England. The computer was sold as “the first computer under $100.” Timex lost out to competitors like Commodore, Atari and Apple and dropped out of the computer market in early 1984. Timex Sinclair 1000s are frequently offered for sale online. Prices range from about $40 to well over $200. So rather than tossing the computer, you might want to recoup some of your money by selling it. You can learn more about Timex Sinclair computers at OldComputers.net, a site dedicated to obsolete technology.