North Star Horizon #2

Serial Number 10-00131, a gift of Michael Barndt.

The Horizon was the first computer produced by North Star Computers starting in 1979. In typical Berkeley California fashion the company was originally called Kentucky Fried Computers. Unfortunately the company insisted on using hard-sector floppy diskettes when the rest of the industry was using soft-sector diskettes. This made it very difficult to move files and software between a North Star computer any other. Sales suffered, and the company failed in the Mid-80s.

The backplane in the Horizon is a little unusual. It contains the circuitry for two serial and two parallel ports. The serial ports were for the console terminal and a printer. The parallel ports could be used for printers or disk drives. It contains one Shugart Associates Model 400 hard-sector diskette drive, with room for a second.