The uptake of office computing was increasing in Australia in the late 1970s and early 1980s; however, the cost and availability of office computers was still restrictive to many at this time. The advantages of the computer as an office tool were undeniable though, and companies and government organisations invested more and more resource into computer hardware, software and training. Today, of course, the computer in the office environment is ubiquitous.
The J500 is a standalone office computer, with two eight inch disk drives and 128K RAM. The computer was at its time by no means a sub-par machine. Yet we see no Jacquard computers in today's office. This is not due to, in this case, to any lack of design or manufacture of the machine, but because many computer companies were attempting to grasp and corner the market on office computing - and thus standardise it to their own specifications. In the evolution of office computing, Jacquard, along with many others, did not survive. It is interesting for younger people to explore this technology, to understand the history of computing.
Damian McDonald, Curator