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This 8-bit ISA expansion card by Flytech makes the ISA bus pins available on both an extender port (at the top of the card) and also on two internal IDC connectors.
Part number: FT-870728
This plastic case is designed to allow the user to store up to 30 3-inch floppy disks.
This D1115M memory module was designed for use in the Ferranti FM1600B computer system. It uses semi-conductor chips to provide 6,384 words of 26 bits each. This unit was upgraded from the previous model which used the much slower and physically larger core storage.
This Acorn Teletext/Prestel adaptor is a Production Field Test unit. It appears to be identical to the publicly-available ANE02 adapter, but lacks model or serial numbers.
The Compaq AlphaServer DS20 server is an ideal Web hosting platform. It features many options required by today's intranets, including dual processor capabilities, internal secondary storage with a RAID controller option for external arrays, and integrated management augmented by the integrated remote management console.
Today's intranets support a broad scope of communication and collaboration applications far beyond simple e-mail and Web-based publishing, and also provide an infrastructure for general-purpose application development. Forward-thinking enterprises recognize the value of linking their intranets with those of trading, joint-venture, and supply chain partners and customers.
With support for applications such as AltaVista Search, firewall and tunnel products, and Netscape SuiteSpot, the Compaq AlphaServer DS20 server provides the perfect foundation for a comprehenisve intranet infrastructure. It ties together internal resources to access data quickly, enables the management and sharing of that data outside corporate wall, and connects remote satellite offices, customers, and suppliers.
This cartridge provides 3KB of RAM and additional features for the Commodore VIC-20.
This cartridge provides 16KB of RAM and is suitable for use with the Commodore VIC-20.
This model has been fitted with a 3rd party upgrade to the keyboard. It is a large, plastic device that is stuck over the original keyboard to make the buttons larger and easier to hit.
The Amino Freedom is a set-top box designed to display streaming and on-demand video over IPTV. Unlike previous models, the J5001 does not feature any analogue inputs - all video is streamed over the ethernet network or through the HDMI input. An optional input for an IR blaster is present, allowing the set-top box to be hidden in normal use.
The Amino Freedom is a Linux-based set-top box priduced by Amino Communications. This particular model features dual RF-inputs, ethernet, component and composite video output, as well as HDMI and SP/DIF connectors. it also has a Common Interface slot for a CAM (Conditional Access Module) - this would have been used to enable access to subscription or pay-per-view services.
The Amino AmiNET 103 is a miniature MPEG-2 set-top box for IPTV and video-on-demand applications. It is based on the Linux operating system and can be remotely managed and upgraded (with the appropriate server software).
- Outputs: Composite Video, Stereo Audio. Standard definition PAL or NTSC.
- Graphics Resolution: 640x438 (525-line) or 640x512 (625-line), 16 bit RGB colour, 8-bit Alpha blending
- Codecs: MPEG1 & MPEG2 MP@ML, up to 10Mbps
- Smart Card Interface: ISO-7816
- Size: 100 x 34 x 93 mm
- Construction: One-piece Aluminium Extrusion
- Power: 5V, 400mA
- Operating Environment: ETS 300-019-1-3 Class 3.1
- EMC Conformance: EN55022. FCC Part 15.
- Safety Approvals: Safety certification to EN60950, and ELSVD. CE, CB and CSA Safety approval
Produced by Sun Microsystems in 1996, the JavaStation-1 was a Network Computer (NC) intended to run only Java applications.
The hardware is based on the design of the Sun SPARCstation series of UNIX workstations. As a Network Computer, the JavaStation lacks a hard drive, floppy or CD-ROM drive. It also differs from other Sun systems in having PS/2 keyboard and mouse interfaces and a VGA monitor connector.
The JavaStation-1 (part number JJ-xx), codenamed Mr. Coffee was the first production model and was based on a 110 MHz MicroSPARC IIe CPU. The computer was housed in a cuboidal Sun "unidisk" enclosure.
The JavaStation range of computers would ultimately be superceded by the SunRay thin-client system.
This paper tape reader and panel were used in a BCL Susie electronic computer.
The Nimbus PC was introduced by Research Machines for use in the education market. It sold with 192KB RAM, a single 720 KB floppy drive, and extended sound and graphics. It could be expanded to 1 MB of RAM, dual floppy drives, and up to a 160MB hard disk. The Nimbus was also designed as a network station and came with built-in Piconet and ethernet ports.
The Nimbus ran a modified version of Microsoft MS-DOS 3.10 that would not run on a standard PC. Although an IBM emulator software allowed some standard PC programs to run, only software specifically written for the Nimbus was able to take advantage of the improved sound and graphic features. However, RM and third-parties released numerous languages and educational software that fulfilled most school needs.
This 'all-in-one' computer system was released by PoloMicrosystems in 1984. It was marketed as a machine that contained everything you needed to run a small office - including items that other computer manufacturers would sell seperately such as monitors, disk drives, a printer, and software.
It featured two microprocessors: an Intel 80188 to run DOS and PC-compatible software; and a Zilog Z80 to allow it to run CP/M software.
It also included a modem to allow it to dial-up to online services. One notable feature was the button on the upper-right of the keyboard. This placed it into a low-power 'sleep' mode from which it would wake periodically to dial-up to the user's mail service. If any unread messages were found, the Polo would return to sleep mode with a flashing LED to alert the user to their new mail.
- 128KB RAM; internally expandable to 512K; externally expandable to 1MB.
- CPU: 80188; Z80
- Storage: two double-sided, double-density disk drives (360K capacity)
- Keyboard: 90 keys, all software redefinable. 12 function keys; 12 key numeric pad. Includes one mouse port and two device input ports.
- Monitor: 12-inch RBG colour CRT. 640x200 pixels in 16 colours. Tilt/swivel base.
- Printer: 120 cps dot-matrix.
- Communications: Bell 103 modem; auto-answer/auto-dial.
- Expansion ports: Two RS-232 serial ports; two RJ11 phone jacks; two RAM/ROM cartridge ports; one system port.
This expansion board for the Apple Lisa adds two parallel ports to allow it to be connected to a printer.
The Commodore 4040 is the replacement for the previous models 2040 (USA) and 3040 (Europe). It's a dual-drive 5¼" floppy disk subsystem for Commodore International computers. It uses a wide-case form, and uses the parallel version of the IEEE-488 interface common to Commodore PET/CBM computers.
This expansion card for the Commodore VIC-20 allows you to add multiple RAM chips to expand a Commodore computer's storage. It also offers one external socket for a user-supplied EPROM (here populated by the VIKKIT 1 programming Aids PROM).
A 17" CRT monitor for DEC products. Has the typical workstation 13W3 video connector and uses a Trinitronshadow grille. Capable of displaying images at 1024x864@60Hz.
Apricot mouse/trackball. Uses an infra-red link to the main computer unit, although a short plastic lightpipe is included for those who want to place the mouse next to the computer instead of in front of it.
A small Apricot-branded monitor for the Apricot range of computers.
An Apricot-branded CRT monitor for the Apricot range of computers. White, 10" display.
The Apricot F2 was a business machine marketed by Apricot in 1985. It was similar in specification to the F10 but shipped with two floppy drives instead of a floppy/hard drive combination.
Compared to its' predecessor, the F1, it included an extra expansion slot, more memory and larger storage capacity. Like the F1, the F2 and F10 had an infra-red interface for the keyboard and the mouse/trackball (the same infra-red mouseball pointing device used with the Apricot Portable).
The F2 and the F10 use an Apricot-modified version of MS-DOS, so they were not 100% IBM compatible. They were provided with a nice graphical and iconized interface called Activity. Integrated were a desktop, and software including a wordprocessor, communication, painting and Basic. They were also sold with GEM Write, GEM Paint and the GEM desktop.
The PET has a special place in the history of micro-computers, as it was one of the biggest sellers in the 1979 / 1980 period, when computers were aimed at both the home and business market. Many people instantly recognise the PET as it stood out from the usual ' terminal plus box' computer.
This was the first PET model, launched in 1977. It was a popular machine and found many admirers, from educational use, hobbyists, and some business users. The first machines only had 4K of RAM, mine has 8K, but even this was very limiting so several third-party memory expansion boards were available to take the memory up to 32K. It has a built in system ROM (6K) and BASIC (8K), and with additional memory could run 6502 assemblers and even compilers The screen could display upper and lower case letters, and an attractive range of graphics symbols. These features encouraged a large library of software to be written.
The 2001 model was found to be slow in updating its display, until someone discovered a way of speeding up the graphics routines with a POKE to memory. This was fine, but on later machines the graphics hardware was improved and the same POKE caused the screen to go blank and was know as 'the killer POKE'.
Some of the chips used on the motherboard:
Main RAM 16 x MOS MPS 6550 (8K)
Main ROM 7 x MOS MPS 6540 (14K)
Video RAM 2 x MOS MPS 6550 (1K)
This Crayola-branded USB keyboard has oversized keys and a modified layout to make it easier for children to type on the computer.
This Commodore accessory attaches over the Commodore 64's keyboard and allows you to play music using the included Music Maker software. Includes software, manual, keyboard stickers, and songbook.
The InterLynx 3278 from Local Data allows any asynchronous printer to be connected to an IBM mainframe host. it provides 3287/3289 emulation and translation and can be configured from the serial port or front panel. Settings are stored in non-volatile EEPROM.
Designed for use with the TRS-80 microcomputer. Auto-stop and auto-level. Digital counter.
TRS-80 Microcomputer System Model III
The Model III is basically an upgrade of the Model I, which was released three years earlier. It has the same CPU, but it is faster, has more memory, and the floppy drives hold twice as much data, although the Model I could be upgraded to some of these features.
The major reason for developing the Model III was because the FCC had just instituted new regulations about RF emissions generated by computers and other electronic devices. The Model I was completely unshielded and was unable to pass the emission restrictions.
The Model III system is entirely self-contained. The original Model I had edge-type connectors with ribbon cable connecting the keyboard to the (optional) Expansion Interface, as well as the floppy drives. This type of connection is very unreliable, and led to the occasional system crash or lock-up.
Introduced July 1980
The improvements of the Model III included built-in lower case, a better keyboard, and a faster (2.03 MHz) Z-80 processor.
This Macintosh SE/30 was once owned by Douglas Adams.
The MZ-700 was launched in Japan in October 1982, but did not appear in the U.K. until October 1983. lt was the first Sharp home Computer with colour, but it came without a built-in display unit; instead, sockets were provided for a colour TV or an RGB Monitor; or a B/W TV set or a Mono Monitor. lt also had a built-in printer I/F with a switch which allowed you to run the MZ-1P01 4-pen plotter-printer or a more standard MZ-80P5( K ) dot-matrix printer.
Thus, with its clock speed of 3.5MHz, the MZ-700 seemed to meet many of the criticisms levelled at the MZ-80A when it was launched in June 1982. But it was still only a halfway-house - the printer I/F only suited Sharp printers, the screen was only 40 columns, and to run disk drives you needed an extra interface of some kind.
The MZ-700 was reviewed in the PCW Magazine in February 1984. By then most of the competing machines had high-res graphics, and the reviewer was hard on the MZ-700 over that. But he was impressed by the alternative languages available, and concluded that the MZ-700 was ‘worthy of serious consideration‘. The prices below come from this review; significantly, there is no mention of disk drives:
|Colour Plotter / Printer
All these are INC VAT; in the same Magazine: BBC Model B £350, Commodore 64 £240
Model Numbers :
- MZ 711 was the basic model without any peripherals
- MZ 721 has an integrated tape recorder
- MZ 731 has built-in plotter and tape recorder
The Olivetti M290 was a personal computer based around the Intel 80286 processor. Unlike standard IBM machines, it was designed around a largely passive backplane. The majority of what the modern user would consider 'the computer' was based on an add-on expansion card. This 'processor card' held the CPU, main memory, optional maths co-processor, and keyboard interface. Other expansion cards handled external connectivity such as video, serial, and parallel I/O. The standard M290 shipped with a video card and monitor compatible with the IBM EGA standard. Various storage options were available, ranging from one 5.25" floppy drive, to dual floppy drives plus a 40MB hard disk unit.
This machine was owned and used by Chris Turner who was Chief Engineer at Acorn Computers Ltd.
Electronic calculator by Burroughs. Nixie tube display.
The C 7203 is one of the last calculators produced by Burroughs. It was introduced around 1973 and is a print-only calculator with programming facilities including loop, branch and subroutines. It had 16 data memory locations, and could store up to 204 program steps. The slot on the right is a magnetic card unit that could read and write programs and data. It does not have scientific notation for numbers, nor any further inbuilt mathematical functions beyond square root.
The Commotion Buggy Kit is a low-cost general-purpose robotic buggy. It runs on 3-6 volts and can be controlled either manually or by a computer.
The Gravis ultraSound MIDI Adaptor connects to any PC sound card which has a standard 15-pin D-sub connector and that uses the standard MIDI UART (MPU-401 'dumb' mode).
- Standard 5-pin DIN MIDI connectors for MIDI IN, OUT, and THRU.
- MIDI activity indicator LEDs for MIDI IN and OUT.
- Two 15-pin joystick connectors (joystick A and B); functions as a joystick 'Y' connector/extension cable.
- Four foot cable for easy access to connections.
- Bonus six foot MIDI cable.
This third-party accessory for the Sony Playstation allows you to enter cheat codes to unlock infinite lives, unlimited energy, and hidden levels. Includes a connector allowing it to be attached to a PC.
Official Sega Dreamcast controller, boxed.
Model MK 55100-50.
Qbus disk controller for a DEV PDP-11 or MicroVax system.
This GameBoy accessory plugs into the expansion connector and uses an LED to illuminate the screen.
Believed to be a serial expansion option for a DEC minicomputer.
The A9home is a small-form-factor desktop computer that runs RISC OS Adjust32. It first announced at the 2005 Wakefield Show, and following the withdrawl of the Iyonix RISC PC was the only hardware to be manufactured specifically for the RISC OS marketplace.
Measuring 168x103x53mm in size, it runs on a 400 MHz Samsung ARM9 processor. It has 128MB SDRAM main memory and 8MB video RAM. The internal hard disk has a capacity of 40GB. The front panel features two USB 1.1 ports, and microphone and a headphone sockets. On the rear, it has two USB 1.1 ports, two PS/2 ports, a 10/100 BaseT network port, an RS-232 serial port, and a power connection socket. Like the Mac mini, it is powered by an external PSU (5V, 20W). The front panel also features a power/reset switch, a status/health indicator, and a drive activity indicator LED. The A9home is not designed to be internally expanded.
The A9home can use a program called Aemulor to emulate older 26-bit applications. This was originally developed for Castle's Iyonix PC.
The Sony Data Discman was an electronic book player launched by Sony Corporation in 1990.
It was marketed in the United States towards college students and international travelers, but had little success outside of Japan. The Data Discman's purpose was for a quick access to electronic reference information on a pre-recorded disc. Searches for information were entered through a QWERTY-style keyboard and the "Yes" and "No" keys. A typical Data Discman model had a low resolution small grayscale LCD, CD drive unit, and a low-power computer. Early versions of the device were incapable of playing audio CD discs. Software was prerecorded and usually feature encyclopedias, foreign language dictionaries, novels, and the like.
This expansion card for the Apple II was developed by Stellation Two. it contains a 6809 microprocessor which can execute code concurrently with the Apple II's 6502 processor. The card is supplied with the OS9 operating system, the BASIC09 language, and full documentation.
This expansion card by DMS Electronics allows an Apple II to drive an RGB colour monitor instead of a monochrome one. The card has provision for being driven by an external video source.
This expansion board for the Apple II computer allows it to connect to a General Purpose Instrument Bus (GPIB, also known as HPIB). It was developed by California Computer Systems.
This third-party peripheral for the Nintendo Game Boy allows the user to enter up to three codes which modify the behaviour of games, creating cheats such as additional lives, level selects, or invincibility. Includes a codebook with cheats for many Game Boy titles.
The Black Watch was launched in September 1975 by Sinclair Radionics, later Sinclair Research, the company behind the ZX81 and ZX Spectrum. It cost £24.95 ready-built or £17.95 as a kit. It had a red LED display and was marketed by the company as follows:
'if that [the technical description] sounds technical, think of the outcome: a watch with no moving parts, a watch with nothing to go wrong, a watch which gives accuracy never achievable by the most precise mechanical engineering.'
The Black Watch, however, was riddled with problems. So many were returned that the company made a huge loss and would have been bankrupted but for a government subsidy. However, the Watch is a good early example of Sinclair's interest in aesthetically pleasing electronic products.
Our Black Watch comes in its original display case.
Assorted boards removed from the Ferranti/Cambridge university Titan computer. Note the use of germanium transisitors and 'hearing aid'-style triode valves.
A third-party VGA adapter for the Sega Dreamcast. Plays Dreamcast games on VGA monitor or television.
This media centre PC by Elonex was released in 2008 and aimed to replce both the home entertainment system and computer with a single unit. It runs Microsoft Windows XP Media Centre and can record one video stream while watching another with its dual TV tuners. The Nvidea graphic card supports both DVI and component output. The Intel Pentium D processor is supported by 1GB RAM and a 200GB hard disk drive for recording TV shows. The DVD drive supports rewritable discs. Hidden behind the fold-down front panel are USB and media card ports.
The MicroVAX II, was a mid-range MicroVAX introduced in May 1985. It ran VAX/VMS or, alternatively, ULTRIX, the DEC native Unix operating system.
It used the KA630-AA CPU module, a quad-height Q22-Bus module, which featured a MicroVAX 78032 microprocessor and a MicroVAX 78132 floating-point coprocessor operating at 5 MHz (200 ns cycle time). Two gate arrays on the module implemented the external interface for the microprocessor, Q22-bus interface and the scatter-gather map for DMA transfers over the Q22-Bus. The module also contained 1 MB of memory, an interval timer, two ROMs for the boot and diagnostic facility, a DZ console serial line unit and a time-of-year clock. A 50-pin connector for a ribbon cable near the top left corner of the module provided the means by which more memory was added to the system.
Our example features a TK50 cartridge tape drive and an RD54 Winchester hard drive - which unfortunately may be faulty. The machine is running VMS 5.4.
This dual 8" floppy disk drive was produced by Pertec Computer Corporation. It was used with an Altair 8800b and has a similar case styling.
The HP 110 computer (also known as the HP Portable) was released by Hewlett-Packard in 1984. It ran MS-DOS on a Harris 80C86 processor, running at 5.33MHz. It had 272KB RAM and an 80 character by 16 line monochrome liquid crystal display. The MS-DOS 2.11 operating system and built-in application programs (MemoMaker, Terminal Emulator and Lotus 123) were all stored in ROM.
This 84-key keyboard was supplied with the original IBM 5150 PC. It uses a 5-pin DIN plug and is not electrically compatible with the later AT and PS/2 computers. The keyboard protocol is one-way and the keyboard therefore lacks the caps/numeric/scroll-lock LEDs that would later be introduced.
Part number: 1501105
This blade enclosure by RLX Technologies can hold up to 24 blade units in a 3U rackmount chassis. Each blade is an independent computer running at 800MHz with dual hard disks. Each 24 blade unit originally retailed for $10,000.
This blade centre unit was originally used at Hinxston as part of the Human Genome Project.
This expansion cartridge for the Sega Saturn by Joy Tech Europe adds 8MB memory and allows game saves.
This third-party RAM expansion for the Sega Saturn features a switch allowing it to be mapped as either a 1MB or 4MB RAM expansion. The 1MB option would be used for games that did not support running with the extra memory.
This expansion card connects to a (typically server-grade) PC via the PCI-X bus (not to be confused with PCI Express). It connects to SCSI storage devices through either the internal or external 68-pin connectors.
Blackberry PlayBook - P100 - 64WF