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The official Sega light gun for the Dreamcast. Not released in the US due to concerns about bad publicity following the Columbine High School shootings.
This 'hardcard' is designed to be placed inside a standard PC and is essentially a standard Miniscribe hard disk bolted onto a controller card.
A digital sound sampling and playback device. The Music Machine was designed by Flare Technology and manufactured by RAM Electronics. The Amstrad CPC version is almost identical to the the ZX Spectrum version, only difference was the address decoding logic.
Dk'tronics Speech Synthesizer based on SPO256-AL2 chip.
The serial link for Apple Macintosh consists of:
- A 3Link cable (for Psion Series 3 and 3a) to connect you Psion to Apple Macintosh computers.
- Psion Link software for Apple Macintosh computers which allows you to control the transfer of files between your Psion and Apple Macintosh on the Apple Macintosh.
- MCLINK software whic hallows you to access and transfer files on you Apple Macintosh from your Psion.
- COMMS application for Psion Series 3 and Series 3a computers; housed in the 3Link cable, it provides terminal emulation (for connecting you Psion to another computer directly or via a modem) for data access and exchange. Protocols supported: XMODEM and YMODEM.
The infrared printer link enables you to print from your Psion machine to a printer without using a cable. The infrared printer link uses one 9V PP3 battery.
Links the Psion Series 3 with any standard parallel printer.
The P1000G is a 100MHz Pentium PCI local bus laptop manufactured by Tadpole Technology.
List prices for the P1000 configured with 8MB DRAM, a 340MB hard drive, Windows for Workgroups 3.11 and DOS 6.22, Phoenix BIOS with Plug & Play, an external floppy drive, internal NiMH battery and leather carrying case start at $6,495.
This 64KB battery-backed RAM card is designed for use with the PTC-500 Palmtop computer.
The Sinclair ZX Printer is a spark printer which was produced by Sinclair Research for its ZX81 home computer. It was launched in 1981, with a recommended retail price of £49.95.
The ZX Printer used special 4-inch (100 mm) wide black paper which was supplied coated with a thin layer of aluminium. To mark the paper, one of the printer's two styluses passed a current through a small area of the aluminium layer, causing the aluminium to evaporate and reveal the black under-surface. The printer's horizontal resolution was the same as the ZX81's video display, i.e. 256 dots (pixels) or 32 characters (using the standard character definition). The print quality was crude, but no other printer was compatible with the ZX81 without the use of additional software and interface hardware.
The ZX Printer was also compatible with the earlier ZX80 computer (when fitted with the 8kB ROM upgrade) and the later ZX Spectrum, and plugged directly into the expansion bus connector via a short cable. The expansion bus was duplicated on the outside of the printer's connector, allowing other peripherals to be connected concurrently. The printer drew its power directly from the expansion bus, and was sold with a larger (1-2A) power supply for the ZX81 to accommodate the additional power drain. The Spectrum's user manual noted that this was not needed for the Spectrum as its default 1.1A power supply was sufficient.
Sold between 1982 and 1989, this was HP's only calculator designed to be used by programmers. It could display numbers in decimal, hexadecimal, octal, or binary. Numbers wider than the LCD display were displayed in a 'windowed' format, with the visible digits able to be shifted left and right.
The calculator was configurable to match the computer the user was currently working with. The word size could be set to anywhere from 1 to 64 bits, with maths being perfomed in either unsigned, ones-complement, or twos-complement format.
Floating point calculations could be performed, wirth two conversion algorithms to convert between the HP-16C floating point format and the (not yet standard) IEEE format.
As well as the 'standard' calculator functions, the HP-16C also provided some specialised features designed for computer users:
- Shift functions: left and right, arithmetic and regular.
- Rotate functions: by multiple positions in either direction, optionally through the carry bit.
- Left justify the bits of a word.
- Masking: Create masks to mask left or right N bits.
- #B: returned number of bits set in a word.
- Bitwise Logic: and, or, not, xor; also bit setting and testing.
This joystick is switchable between IBM and Apple modes. it also has an additional switch for choosing between "Fire Button/Selector". The cable ends in a DA-15 connector.
We belive this to be a joystick for the Acorn Archimedes. Any additional information would be greatly appreciated.
LocoLink for Windows allows you to transfer files from any UK model Amstrad PC to an IBM-compatible PC. An adapter cable connects from the PCW expansion port to the PC parallel printer port; the included software handles file transfer and can also convert LocoScript documents to PC formats.
- Any UK Amstrad PCW (8256, 8512, 9512, 9256, 9512+, and PcW 10)
- Any IBM PC suitable for running Windows
- MS DOS 3.3 or later and Windows 3.1 or later
- Parallel printer port for using the LocoLink cable
- One 3.5" or one 5.25" disc drive
Original box with cable, PCW software disc, and user guide.
The Tadpole Voyager IIi is a portable Solaris server. It has two removable drive caddies, each taking laptop drives. The 360MHz UltraSPARC IIi processor is paired with 512MB of RAM.
This modern cartridge card for the BBC Master allows you to load up to eight 16KB ROM images into battery-backed RAM. The ROM images can be switched without removing the card by using the toggle switches. There is also a socket to allow an external ROM to be fitted.
Kindly donated by Chris Whytehead. Further details for available here.
The LTM Portable is a 'luggable' BBC Master, with built-in monochrome CRT monitor and dual disk drives. It runs off mains power.
Kindly donated by Chris Whytehead - further details, including photographs of the internals, are available here.
Released in Japan in 1990, this is one of Sony's earliest portable computers. It features handwriting recognition, although the stylus is connected via a wire.
The Magic Link was a personal communicator and PDA marketed by Sony from 1994, based on the General Magic's Magic Cap operating system. The "Link" part of the name refers to the device's ability to send and receive data over a modem.
The Kyocera Refalo is a personal organiser shaped like a Filofax. It can hold standard Filofac pages. The 240x320 greyscale screen is touch-sensitive. Handwriting recognition can be used to enter text; alternatively a keyboard 'page' can be inserted into the binder and is powered through induction.
The processor is an NEC V30 and runs an MS-DOS variant. There are two PCMCIA slots available as well as an RS-232 jack and speaker output.
The Refalo was only sold in Japan.
Kindly donated by Mik Lamming.
This full-length PC ISA card allows you to connect a standard PC to an Apple LocalTalk network.
This mouse connects to the TRS-80 Color Computer.
The PT502 Peripheral Board connects to the Open University Hektor single-board computer and provides a variety of input and output devices. The available peripherals are:
- Four switches
- Four LEDs
- Speaker with variable volume
- Incandescant lamps
- Thermister connected to an ADC
- Motor connected to fan and optical speed sensor
This coprocessor works alongside an 80287 CPU to provide floating-point support. The XL was the second '287 model to be released and was introduced in 1990. Implemented in CMOS instead of NMOS, it uses less power than it's predecessor. Internally the XL is actually based on the '387 core and therefore supports full IEEE 754 compatibility, as well being ~50% faster than the older '287 chip.
This mains power supply allows you to power two BBC Micro disc drives (or other peripherals that use a compatible plug).
The Hektor (sometimes known as the PT502, although this is actually the course number) was a single board computer used by the Open University to teach electronic and engineer students how to design and build a microcomputer. On completing the course the computer was to be returned to the Open University.
Our Hektor is in it's original box with course booklets, user manual, experimentation notes, and University correspondence.
The HP-97 programmable calculator was introduced in 1976. It was the most powerful calculator HP had produced so far. It featured a program memory of 224 eight-bit words. Programs could include up to 20 labels, 3 levels of subroutines, four flag registers, 8 comparison functions, and extended index and loop control functions. Programs could be saved onto magnetic strip cards for later use.
Our HP-97 was kindly donated by Mike Young, and is complete with:
- HP-97 calculator
- HP carry case
- 5 spare rolls of thermal paper (boxed)
- Spare battery (boxed)
- Battery charger (boxed)
- Mains supply
- Two boxes of blank program cards (120 each)
- Owner's handbook and programming guide
- Applications and accessories list
- HP-97 Standard Pac manual
- Program cards and usage instructions from Shell Nigeria
This accessory for the ZX Spectrum provided speech synthesis, poorly.
Serial number C7520385.
The VL-1 was the first instrument of Casio's VL-Tone product line, and is sometimes referred to as the VL-Tone. It combined a calculator, synthesizer, and sequencer. Released in 1980 and selling for around $150, the VL-1 is notable for its kitsch value among electronic musicians, due to its cheap construction and its unrealistic, uniquely low-fidelity sounds.
Its sounds were mostly composed of filtered squarewaves with varied pulse-widths. Its piano, violin, flute and guitar timbres were nearly unrecognizable abstractions of real instruments. It also featured a "fantasy" voice, and a programmable synthesizer which provided for choice of both oscillator waveform and ADSR envelope. The synthesizer was programmed by entering a number into the calculator section's memory, then switching back to keyboard mode. It had a range of two and a halfoctaves.
The VL-1 featured a small LCD display capable of displaying 8 characters. This was primarily used for the calculator function, but also displayed notes played. As well as this, the VL-1 also had changeable tone and balance, basic tempo settings and a real-time monophonic music sequencer, which could play back up to 99 notes. There were also 10 pre-loaded rhythms which utilized just three basic drum sounds.
This Samsonite case contains a rebranded Tantel serial terminal with attached accoustic coupler.
These two expansion cartridges provide a RAM disc for the Amstrad CPC.
The MusicStar keyboard is a PC-compatible MIDI controller that connects to any sound card with a MIDI port. Features three octaves (37 keys), the keyboard allows you to transpose over a range of nine octaves with the shift buttons.
The Hybrid Music 5000 synthesiser unit is a powerful stereo digital synthesiser capable of a vast range of sounds that includes natural-sounding, synthesiser-type, and new abstract instruments - up to eight different ones playing together. You can make your own instruments by modifying any of the standard selection, or designing new ones from scratch, choosing from hundreds of waveforms, envelopes and sound control settings.
Kindly donated by Chris Whytehead,
This 3-inch disk drive is designed to connect to the BBC Microcomputer.
Kindly donated by Chris Whytehead.
The Datel Action Replace consists of an 8-bit ISA card, freezer paddle, and software disk. It provides:
- Screen grabber
- Slo mo function
- Memory monitor
- Program save
- Infinite cheat generator
- Hacker functions
This interface board allows the Sinclair QL to connect to a floppy disk drive.
This board was used by Anamartic in their development labs and comes with two 3.5" floppy drives.
The Siemens Pocket Reader is an electronic reading pen that can be used to scan text into memory. It can run for up to 20 hours on batteries and stores approximately 20 pages of text. The text can later be transfered to PC. The scanner has enough resolution to handle serif and sanserif text between 8 and 16 point size.
Complete in original box with pen, serial cable, 3.5" disk, and manual.
This accessory allows up to four controllers to be plugged into a single NES console. Games needed to explicitly support the Four Score - over twenty such titles were released.
Kindly donated with manual by David Honess.
This accessory includes a Nintendo 64/Super NES RCA-type A/V cable and Euro/SCART connector plug.
In original box; module numbers SNSP-008 and SNSP-015.
IBM's 102-key keyboard for the PS/2 and PC AT range of computers. In original box with manual; missing the 5-pin DIN adapter.
An offical mouse peripheral for the Sega Dreamcast. Features right and left buttons plus scroll wheel.
Complete in original box.
This Sinclair ZX80 computer has been upgraded to the ZX81 keyboard.
With original power supply and "A Course in BASIC programming" book. Kindly donated by Joyce Eaton.
The Dtaman S3 is a personal development tool for microsystem designers, which emulates and/or programs EPROMS, EEPROMS, and other devices. It is battery-powered, with 64K bytes of continuous memory which retains data and configuration even when switched off. The programming facilities include EPROMS of the 27 series, such as 2716 or 17513, and the 25 series such as 2532 or 2564 - and most other EEPROMS, including 28, 52, 55 & 98 series, It also provides direct plug-ion emulation for all these devices by menas of a 24 or 28 pin emulator lead. Many other devices can be programmed, such as single-chip microprocessors, but some require a plugin-in adaptor.
Complete in box with manual, ROMs, and power adaptor.
The PC-Link accessory allows you to connect a Casio Business Organizer Scheduling System handheld computer to a standard destop. It is compatible with BOSS models SF7000, SF7500, and SF8000. It works with all PC's compatible with IBM-PC, XT, AT, and PS/2.
Our PC-Link is sealed in it's original box.
This Amiga accessory allows you to mix video and computer graphics. Supports AGA graphics as standard. Composite video input and output. Allows hardware fading between video and computer graphics.
The Palm m100 is a Palm OS based personal digital assistant. it was intended to be a lower-cost entry-level PDAs. Unlike other Palm computers, which had rechargeable batteries, they were designed to run on standard dry cell batteries. A small backup battery preserved the system memory while the user changed tyhe main batteries. When not in use the screen is protected by a hinged cover.
The m100 is powered by the Motorola EZ Dragonball processor operating at 16MHz, and it has 2 Megabytes of RAM. It was released in August 2000.
Kindly donated by Glyn and Jane Phillips.
Dual double sided, 80-track switchable 5.25" floppy disk drives. Manufactured by Cumana. Drive and original box kindly donated by Chris Whytehead.
External sideways ROM/RAM box. Has an IDC header to connect to the BBC Microand runs off a 5v PSU.
Has Sideways RAM chips installed with battery backup.
The Simtec USB interface is a 16 bit podule with 2 host ports and a device port. The USB interface works with most Acorn RISC OS computers from the A300/400 via the A5000 to the RiscPC. and is compatable with RISC OS 3.1 and higher The main features of the USB interface are:
- Dual function podule with 16bit EASI space compatability
- Philips ISP1161A USB 1.1 compliant host controller with 2 port root hub
- 128KB of user re-programmable flash ROM. Reprogramming utility (!Snafu) supplied.
- Two root hub host ports, with power switching ensuring compatability with the podule specification
- Full over-currrent and ESD discharge protection for reliable operation during plugging and unplugging of devices
- High/low speed multi-function device port with concurrent host and device operation (not supported in software)
- Mature and proven hardware design.
The Opus Challenger 3 is a 5.25" floppy disc drive, a 256KB or 512KB RAM drive and a disc controller all in, what appears to be, a double floppy drive case. Unusually the Challenger 3 does not connect to the BBC's floppy drive port but connects to the 1MHz bus and includes a pass through socket so devices can be daisy chained. The Challenger 3 has a WD1770 disc controller. The board is labeled OPUS BBC 512 issue 2.
The pictures show:
- The front of the challenger case
- The right side ofthe case with cooling slots at the back.
- The back of the case showing the ribbon connector to the 1MHz bus and the 4 wire power cable which plugs into the power socket underneath the BBC Micro.
- The Challenger 3 with the case removed showing the floppy disc drive with, just viible, the circuitboard beneath it. The floppy disc drive is a Mitsubishi M4853-342MG which is, I think, double sided double density, 80 track.
- The Challenger 3 circuit board with 256K RAM in the right middle and sockets for another 256K below. The WD1770 is above the RAM. The floppy disc drive connector is on the right edge and there is a connector for a second drive (?) next to it. The 1MHz bus cable goes under the circuit board and connects to the left edge with a connector for a pass through cable behind it.
The Sun Ray 2 was the second generation of Sun Ray thin clients developed by Sun Microsystems. It features a smaller footprint than it's predecessor and lower power consumption (four watts).
Our Sun Ray 2 is complete in it's original box and was kindly donated by Paul Shore. It has serial number 0952BE829A.
AMX Design software, ROM and mouse bundle
With CBR and a TI graphing calculator, students can collect, view, and analyse mtion data without tedious measurements and manual plotting. CBR lets students explore the mathematical and scientific relationships between distance, velocty, acceleration, and time using data collected from activities they perform.
The Raven-20 is a 20K RAM expansion for the BBC Model 'B' Micro fitted with OS 1.2
It provides the user with an extra 20K of useable RAM in screen modes 0 to 3. In other modes the amount of extra memory available will vary. In simple terms HIMEM is set to &7FFF when Raven-20 is enabled. This together with the aid of software makes the system completely transparent to both the user and the computer.
This 8-bit ISA expansion card contains a 16MHz 80386 processor and replaces the host system's 8088 or 8086 processor. It has 16KB of zero-wait-state cache memory and a 16-bit local bus connector for attaching the optional Memory/16i accessory board.
This prototype of the Spectrum was assembled in Portugal, but never saw a full release, they were intended for the Portuguese and American markets, most were to have the Timex Sinclair branding, and they pre dated the ZX81 Timex machines, the TS1000 and TS1500 by nearly a year.
(see picture for a Timex Sinclair TS2000)
A few of these machines with the Sinclair branding appear to have made it back to the UK, as this one has stickers on the computer and power supply that reads:
Supplied by SYNTAX COMPUTERS
76 Cornwall St., Plymouth PL1 1NS
Telephone: (0752) 28705
Equipment & software for home & business
The power supply is a standard Sinclair one, except for a European two pin plug, and as with all TS2000 machines, this Spectrum is a standard 48K issue 4B motherboard, A sticker on the inside of the case reads: 'P 068973 MODEL M 332 48 K'
Although the TS2000 was never released, the black cases were used in the later Czerweny CZ2000 machines in Argentina, (see picture) while the case molds were used to make the grey cases for the Timex TS1500 machines, which were the Sinclair ZX81 variant.
It is possible the prototype was shelved to ensure sales of the earlier TS1000, and following TS1500 machines, which as stated were born from the ZX81 technology.
This battery-powered unit can be setup to log data from any of it's four analogue and two digital inputs at a variety of intervals. It supports 'sleep mode' logging to significantly extend the battery life. Data can be downloaded to a BBC Micro, IBM PC, or Psion handheld computer using the included cable. A variety of sensors and included, as well as the software necessary to download and view collected data.
This unit attaches to the Commodore 64 expansion port and, with a modem attached, allows the user to browse and download viewdata frames. It can also download telesoftware and interact with viewdata mailbox systems.
With manual and modem cable.
"Visual Memory expands Dreamcast's gaming experience beyond the boundary of consoles. As well as being a memory cartridge, which allows you to save scores and game data from your Dreamcast, Visual Memory is a tiny portable games machine. Thanks to a liquid-crystal display on the front, you can load programs from your Dreamcast ont othe Visual Memory and play games on the move. Visual Memory slots into a wide variety of Dreamcast peripherals where the extra screen can display special game information. In addition, plugging two Visual Memory units together will allow you tp share data between players."