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The Oak Solutions ClassROM/Econet card is designed for the Acorn A3020/A4000. It fits in the network slot and allows connection the an Econet Newtork with full ClassROM protection. It uses an ST Microelectronics EF68B54 Advanced Data Link Controller.
Oak Solutions ClassROM is a system for protecting hard disck, particularly in a school environment. ClassROM allows a hard disc to be partitioned into two seperate partitions; one is protected (the Applications partition) and the other is read/write (the User partition). All applications, system resources and fonts are in the Applications partition and cannot be modified by the user. The User partition is used for temporary data storage. In a network environment, where each computer has a ClassROM, the managementsoftware allows them all to be managed centrally.
More information is available here.
A third-party Econet module with optional Econet clock. More information is available here.
This Econet module is intended for a 32-bot Acorn computer. More information is available here.
The SJ Research Transient Suppressor Kit consists of a pair of boxes designed to reduce the damage caused by high voltage spikes. They can absorb most of the energy from spikes induced in the network by electrical storms or power-line disturbances. The suppressors significantly reduce the likelihood of damaging expensive computer equipment. They are particularly important when the network has has sections of cable outside or between buildings or where the network cable runs alongside heavy duty power cable.
This is an Econet Module for the RiscPC, designed to fit into the Network interface slot on the motherboard.
For attaching computers to an Acorn Econet.
This Econet terminator has the terminator on the inside, preventing users from removing them. More information is available here.
The Acorn Type 1 Terminator is powered by an 8V DC power supply and has a single Econet socket. It has the same circuit board as the Acorn AEH14 Type 1 Clock . Terminators are required at the ends of an Econet network to prevent reflected and external signals interfering with the network. More information, including internal pictures, are available here.
Launched in 1993, NetGain was a combination hardware/software product intended to speed the loading of applications from a network server. Versions were available for both Econet and Ethernet. This expansion card holds plug-in modules that hold additional user licenses. Additional information is availabe here.
This box provides the timing signals required by an Econet network. Typically it would be placed in the middle of the network run. More information, including internal pictures, is available here.
This small box allows two computers to connect to an Econet. The Econet coax cabvle enters through the bottom of the box and is tapped to expose two DIN sockets.
This Acorn bos is designed to be attached between an Econet network and a unit to be tested. The ribbon cable connector goes to a BBC Micro's user port and controls the test box. The red and black wires go to a plug intended to be inserted into the BBC Micro's disk drive power socket. More information, including internal pictures, is available here.
This SJ Research product provides a bridge between an Econet and Nexus network. More information, including internal pictures, is available here.
This ZX81 has been placed inside a home-made wooden case with a full mechanical keyboard. The power supply is mounted inside the case along with the contents of a RAM expansion pack.
These transparent plastic containers were designed to hold tape reels. The centre handle twists to lock the cover on. A label on the side reads: "8951-3/4 x 2400 Z-3186 PRECISION REEL IN PLASTIC CONTAINER".
Touchmaster is a touch-sensitive surface that you can use to operate your home computer.
- Robust pressure-sensitive surface.
- A4 landscape surface area measuring 240mm x 297mm.
- 256x256 resolution
- Output via either serial or parallel ports.
- Auxiliary switch input port.
Released in 1989, the Power Glove was an officially licensed third-party controller for the Nintendo Famicom (marketed as the NES outside Japan). The Japanese Power glove was manufactured by PAX and the US version by Mattel.
The glove features a full controller on the wrist, plus 'program' buttons to allow different methods of translating movement into commands. The position and orientation sensing is done by two ultrasonic transmitters (mounted just behind the knuckles). Three microphones mounted around the TV triangulate the ultrasonic pulses to determine the glove position and orientation. Carbon-based flex sensors allow flexing of the four main fingers to be determined with a two-bit resolution (four positions for each finger).
Only two games were ever released specifically for the Power Glove: Super Glove Ball (a puzzle maze game), and Bad Street Brawler (a beat 'em up). Both games were playable with the standard NES controller, but included moves that can only be used with the glove. Both games were marketed as part of the 'Power Glove Gaming Series', although Super Glove Ball was never released in Japan. Two more games, Glove Pilot and Manipulator Glove Adventure, were announced but never released.
The Power Glove sold approximately 100,000 units in the US with gross sales totalling $88 million. The two games specially designed for the Power Glove sold poorly and the Power Glove itself was a critical and commercial failure. It remains something of a cult favourite, largely due to it's prominent featuring in the Nintendo-produced film 'The Wizard'.
"… the Power Glove was an odd controller for the NES that required you to wear a huge glove that really did very little, but the movie treats it with such awe, such holy reverence that all of the witnesses to its mighty power are left speechless. That is, until Lucas gives us one of the film's most memorable lines: 'I love the Power Glove. It's so bad!'"
— Mutant Reviewers from Hell
This upgrade kit allows an Acorn A3020 or A4000 computer to be connected to an Acorn Access local network.
This upgrade kit allows an Acorn Archimedes A5000 to be connected to an Acorn Access local network.
This upgrade kit allows an Acorn Archimedes A3000 to be connected to an Acorn Access local network.
The Torch Light Pen has been designed for use with the Torch Computer and the BBC Micro Computer. It connects to the analogue port via the supplied interface unit.
The AlphaSmart 3000 was released in January 2000 by AlphaSmart Inc, allowing 'on-the-go' text entry and basic word processing. Text could be stored in up to eight files and transmitted to a PC or Macintosh on demand. It followed on from their previous product the AlphaSmart 2000, adding spell-checking, direct printing (allowing a user to plug in a printer directly, bypassing a computer), auto-off power save, and a keyboarding timer. Later models of the 3000 could also transmit text via infra-red.
The AlphaSmart's low power consumption, light weight, and generally rugged construction led to them being popular with both journalists and writers, as well as education departments.
The Cobalt RaQ was a 1-unit rackmount server product developed by Cobalt Networks Inc. (later purchased by Sun Microsystems). it featured a modified Red Hat Linux operating system and a proprietary GUI for server management. The RaQ was equipped with a 150MHz MIPS RM5230 CPU.
This infra-red remote control joypad features a left thumb directional pad and 2 fire buttons - one marked "Turbo" and the other "A".
For the Acorn Electron.
"Save your keyboard and enjoy your games much more with the "Commander 3" joystick interface from Bud Computers. This interface allows the use of any Atari-type switched joystick."
For the Amstrad CPC464/664/6128.
Shoot into a New Dimension
This EPROM programmer connects to the BBC Micro's 1MHz user port. The programmer can be accessed at addressed FCC0 to FCCB. The included ROM functions as a language ROM and is capable of programming the following EPROM types: 2716, 2532, 2732 (21 and 25 volts), 2764, 2564, 27128, 27256.
This RAM expansion board takes advantage of the BBM Micro's paged ROM sockets to add either 16KB or 32KB of RAM. The sideways RAM can optionally be write-protected.
This EPROM programmer for the BBC Micro can program EPOMs at either 12.5 or 21 volts.
This Morley Electronics EPROM programmer is controlled by a ROM-based menu system. You can choose the size of EPROM, programming voltage (12v or 21v) and it will even programme 32K EPROMs in the high and low segments for use in the 32K ROM slots in the Master.
A CD-ROM drive designed to be mounted in an IBM PS/2 computer system. Includes caddy and diagnostic test CD-ROM. Original box.
This expansion unit for the Video Genie provided a high-resolution monochrome graphics overlay of 384x192 pixels. The high-res layer xor'ed with the text layer and overlapped it exactly - each text character mapped to a 6x12 block of pixels. The software interface was via four I/O ports and was therefore not particularly fast.
The Tandy 1000 EX was designed as an entry-level IBM compatible personal computer. Initailly marketed as a competitor to IBM's PCjr, the the EX was a compact computer that had the keyboard and 5.25" floppy drive built into the computer casing. The 5.25" drive was accessible on the right-hand side of the computer. The EX was marketed as a starter system for people new to computing, and sold for US $1000.00 from RadioShack in December 1986. The EX and later the HX would be among the most popular of the Tandy 1000 line because of their (relatively) low price. The EX doubled the on-board memory to 256kB.
The EX was upgradable by Tandy PLUS cards, and system had bays for three. The PLUS cards' connector was electrically identical to the ISA slot connector, but used a BERG-style 62-pin connector instead of a 62-contact ISA card edge connector. The RAM could be upgraded in the EX and later the HX to 640kB, but required a PLUS memory expansion card. This card also provided DMA. Other PLUS cards could be installed to add serial ports, a 1200 baud modem, a clock/calendar and bus mouse board and a proprietary Tandy network interface.The 1000 EX came with MS-DOS 2.11 and Personal Deskmate on 5.25" 360 kB diskettes.
The 1000 SX came with MS-DOS 3.2 and Deskmate II on 5.25" 360 kB diskettes. While Deskmate II used a text-based interface, Personal Deskmate used a graphical interface and also supported a mouse-like cursor using a joystick-mouse driver or a Tandy bus mouse. The MS-DOS was a version specialized for and only bootable on the Tandy 1000, as it would announce on the screen of any other PC-compatible one tried to boot with it; it included a version of BASICA (Microsoft's Advanced GW-BASIC) with support for the enhanced CGA graphics modes (a.k.a. Tandy Graphics or TGA) and three-voice sound hardware of the Tandy 1000.
This ARM development system comprises the following modules:
- CMA102 - 66MHz CMA motherboard
- CMA222 - ARM710T CPU module
- CMA352 - PCI base module
- CMA701 - PCE edge card adapterCMA302 - multifunction I/O module
The NES Zapper was an electronic light gun accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and the Japanese Famicom. It was released in Japan for the Famicom on February 18, 1984 and alongside the launch of the NES in North America in October 1985.
The Zapper allows players to aim at the television set display and "shoot" various objects that appear on the screen such as ducks, clay pigeons, targets, cowboys, criminals or other objectives. The Zapper is used on supported NES games, such as Duck Hunt and Wild Gunman. The Zapper could also be used on the title screens of games to move the cursor—done by pointing the device away from the screen and pulling the trigger—or starting the game (pointing at the screen and pulling the trigger).
This kit contains the hardware parts necessary to upgrade any BBC Micro to include an Econet Interface.
Includes user guides; believed to include all components.
- AVR ISP unit including mounted 10-lead cable for In-System Programming
- 6-lead cable for In-System Programming
- Serial cable
- Atmel CD-ROM
- Intel 486SX/25MHz
- 4MB RAM expandable to 20MB
- 120 or 170MB hard drive
- 1 PCMCIA slot accepts type I, II, or III card
- 9.5" high resolution monochrome display (optional 256-color upgrade)
Retailed for $1549 (monochrome) or $4599 (color) in 1994.
The Commodore 1530 (C2N) Datasette was Commodore's dedicated tape data storage device. Using cassettes, it provided inexpensive storage to Commodore's 8-bit home computers, including the PET, VIC-20, and C64. The connection to the computer was via a proprietary edge connector. The input/outout signals were digital, with the conversion to analogue audio frequencies performed by the tape unit itself.
The Acorn Archimedes A5000 computer shipped with either 1MB or 2MB of RAM. This RAM module added an extra 2MB.
This Compaq laptop runs Windows 95 and has a black and white screen.
The RetroClinic DataCentre is a relatively modern hardware interfaces for the BBC Micro and Master series of computers via the 1MHz bus. Amongst other things, the Datacentre provides USB ports, a full 16-bit IDE interface and 1MB of RAM which is configured as four virtual floppy discs of 200KB each.
Designed and built by Mark Haysman.
Our archived item is a completely unused system in the original packaging as shipped on 22nd August 2009.
The US version of the Commodore Datasette 1531 is similar to the European model. It is FCC class-B certified.
Data speeds: V.21, V.22, V.22bis, V.23, V.32, V.32bis
Error correction: MNP4, LAp-M
Data compression: MNP5, V.42bis
Fax speeds: V.27ter, V.29, V.17
Interface: Hayes and V.25bis compatible, EIA/TIA 578 class 1, Group 3 Fax
Pair of original Atari joysticks, boxed.
This MIDI keyboard is designed for use with the Yamaha CX5M MSX music computer.
The Yamaha CX5M is an MSX-system compatible computer that expands upon the normal MSX featureset with a built-in eight-voice FM synthesizer module. Introduced in 1984, it has stereo audio outputs, an input for a purpose-built four-octave keyboard, and a pair of MIDI input/output ports
Data speeds: CCITT V.21/22/23/22bis
Fax modes: CCITT V.21/29/27ter
Data modes: CCITT V.21, V.22, V.22bis
Fax modes: CCITT V.29, V.27ter (send 9600bps/receive 4800bps)
Protocols: EIA 578 class 1 Group III Fax
Interface: V.24 Hayes Compatible
ISDN & V34 PSTN