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Wow, Pierre you kept all the boxes!

First wrist computer :
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1984 - The watch has 2K memory and a 10x4 chars display. The docking station has 4K Ram, 27K Rom with a basic and a printer.

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1989 - Wang PC-250/16

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HP Scanjet IIc : the large scan area can be very useful. I have drivers for Windows XP. If I need it I have to use an old PC because I don't have a Pci-X SCSI-card.

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1991 - Halican from Chaplet System Inc. (not a well known brand) 386sx2 and B/W display.

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I have most of the manuals of my main boards.

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I told you about my drawer full of games... The older ones (floppies and CDs) are in a cardboard box.


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I love the wrist watch/computer! The B&W LCD thing too. (it's an LCD screen, no?)

Yes, I love boxes! No one shall throw my boxes! :silly: (I'll post some of my most precious game boxes soon....)

Waiting for your McIntosh.... or better, a Lisa. (was supposed to be the big sister, but was definitely too expensive)

You don't have a Commodore PET? (first version, with the weird keyboard) I always admired their design. ("only" had a VIC20 and a Commodore 128)

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Yep, the laptop screen is a LCD.
I had kept the boxes too but had to throw them away to make room. I discarded a lot of old stuff too :sad: .
I'll post the Macintosh Tuesday (It's stored at my workplace with a few other things and Monday I have a day off).

I never had a PET but I also liked the pyramid design. I still have an Apple II clone (the genuine one was too expensive for me). I kept using it quite a long time to program EEPROMs. My first real computer was a home made TRS 80 (from scratch). I modified it a lot of times and I still have its last avatar build with a commercial circuit board.


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Some of my floppy & old CD games boxes...

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The right pile on the 1st photo contains many of my favorites. (UW, Thief I & II, WC2, WC3, Strike Commander - here the CD-ROM edition, Heroes of M&M - the 1st - , the French game Little Big Adventure - bad translated into "Relentless" for the USA market)

On the 2nd shot, you can recognize Stonekeep and Comanche Maximum Overkill - the first game that needed absolutely a 386 and 4 MB RAM.

Riddle : I'm hidden somewhere... :giggles:

Now you only get a flimsy DVD-Box with a game.... Pfff! :scowl:

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Pierre wrote:
On the 2nd shot, you can recognize Stonekeep and Comanche Maximum Overkill - the first game that needed absolutely a 386 and 4 MB RAM.

I have both and many of the others like Total Annihilation, F-22, Duke Nukem, Wing commander, Lands of Lore ....

Nice collection of boxes by the way.


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The picture below shows even older computer parts. From left to right : 60s - late 60s - early 70s (there's a date on the last one : June 18 1971).

The circuit on the left has 6 NAND gates : DTL technology (Diode-Transistor-Logic). The one on the top is also a set of DTL NAND gates but with 2 transistors per gate to improve the fanout. The two on the right mix ICs and transistors. Each IC is equal to one of the leftmost board. The middle board is single sided and made of phenolic paper. The one on the right is a double sided fiberglass-epoxy board (better insulation, no straps).

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Yeah, I remember those from a computer we dismantled on my university. You had really discrete bits.

I also still have a NeXT cube. Anybody here rememberes those?


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Thomas wrote:
I also still have a NeXT cube. Anybody here remembers those?


Yes it was a futuristic (for the time in the early 90s) machine running NextSTEP a proprietary OS. Was pricey to say the less.
Next was finally bought by Apple and NextSTEP became the Mac OS.

Do you have a picture?


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I moved the posts about old computers in a new topic.


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*** yep, there's a separate thread now for this retrofuturistic journey...


Jack Raby wrote:
The picture below shows even older computer parts. From left to right : 60s - late 60s - early 70s (there's a date on the last one : June 18 1971).

The circuit on the left has 6 NAND gates : DTL technology (Diode-Transistor-Logic). The one on the top is also a set of DTL NAND gates but with 2 transistors per gate to improve the fanout. The two on the right mix ICs and transistors. Each IC is equal to one the leftmost board. The middle board is single sided and made of phenolic paper. The one on the right is a double sided fiberglass-epoxy board (better insulation, no straps).


Cool ! Hmmm, NAND = NOT(AND), and "The NAND gate is significant because any boolean function can be implemented by using a combination of NAND gates" (wiki). Yeah.

You wouldn't have a real bug found in the fourties stuck into ENIAC's relays? :P (Remember, Asimov's - and others' - hyperAIs were often named xxxxAC - Multivac, or the Galactic AC - in his early novels. And Robby - Forbidden Planet - had lots of relays in his "head"... and I know a SF series where you could read - in French - "des relais cliquetèrent"... :lol: )

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Pierre wrote:
You wouldn't have a real bug found in the forties stuck into ENIAC's relays? :P (Remember, Asimov's - and others' - hyperAIs were often named xxxxAC - Multivac, or the Galactic AC - in his early novels. And Robby - Forbidden Planet - had lots of relays in his "head"... and I know a SF series where you could read - in French - "des relais cliquetèrent"... :lol: )


The ENIAC had lots of relays and also 19 000 vacuum tubes. It was quite hot in there hence the bugs. The tubes were not very reliable so they really didn't need bugs to crash.
Later there were computers only with relays (I remember seeing an IBM in a museum with about 3 cubic meters of stacked relays).

I don't have the bug but I have some tubes like the ones they used in computers (40s - 50s).


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As promised I post a picture of the Mac (still working like a charm): actually it's an SE FDHD from 1989.

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And a few vacuum tubes :

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While digging, I found more oldies ... my very first games (a few animated pixels but it was so amazing...) & Assembler Plus from Microsoft (Z-Bug is part of the same bundle). And yes I have programmed in assembler.

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A close up view of the ENIAC :

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