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Acorn AEH02 Archimedes NSM

Acorn AEH02 Archimedes NSM

Not much is known about the Acorn NSM. It appears to be an Archimedes-type Acorn computer with RGB graphics and Econet sockets on the mainboard. Hard- and floppy-drives are present. The AEH-range of Acorn product codes is used by Econet hardware, so NSM may stand for "Network Server Machine".

 
Moore Reed TC 301 universal Accoustic Coupler

Moore Reed TC 301 universal Accoustic Coupler

This accoustic coupler from Moore Reed and Company Ltd can handle most sizes and typess of telephone handsets (the microphone/speaker are mounted on springs - this is the 'universal' feature). Connection to the data terminal equipment is via CCITT or 20mA sockets. When not in use it can be folded up into a small case with carry handle.

 
Zenith ZFL-171-42 Portable

Zenith ZFL-171-42 Portable

The Z-171 portable personal computer is a lightweight, briefcase-sized computer designed for personal or business computing needs. It is a portable system with all of the features of a full-sized system, and it can run virtually all software from IBM's vast library.

According to the February 1986 New York Times, Zenith was sucessful in winning a $27 million contact to supply the IRS with around 15,000 portable Z-171 computers. Due to its early design, possibly as far back as 1983, the Z-171 is one of the few battery-powered computers which use the large 5-1/4 inch floppy drives, instead of the more recent 3-1/2 inch floppy drives. This made it much more compatible with desktop systems, as at the time, they also mostly used 5-1/4 inch floppy drives.

The Z-171 keyboard has four "icon keys", which initiate functions to make the Z-171 more than just a basic laptop computer (their words). These keys function are built-in and work without booting into MS-DOS.

  • Clock/calendar - show the "home screen" - the world map with clock and calendar.
  • Phone dialer - dial into a remote computer system using the optional internal modem, or use the Z-171 as a dumb terminal.
  • Disk access - Boots the computer from the A: floppy drive, or switches back to the current MS-DOS screen.
  • Calculator - four-function calculator pops-up in the upper corner of the screen.

 
Sinclair QL Development Power Supply

Sinclair QL Development Power Supply

This otherwise unremarkable dual QL power supply was used by Sinclair Research during development of the Sinclair QL.

 
DEC DELQA M7516 Q-Bus Ethernet Controller

DEC DELQA M7516 Q-Bus Ethernet Controller

The DELQA M7516 is a dual width Q-Bus Ethernet controller found in most Q-bus based MicroVAXen. This controller is designed to connect to a "cabinet kit" that mounts in the back panel of a BA23 or BA123 cabinet. Sometimes they were used in BA2xx series cabinets with a special S-box handle that connected to the card. Later the DESQA came out that has the S-box handle built on to the card as a single unit.

 
Acorn 6502 Microcomputer Board

Acorn 6502 Microcomputer Board

This 6502 microprocessor board was sold by Acorn as a kit. It is designed to plug into the backplane of an Acorn System computer. The kit has not been assembled.

 
Busicomputers Prophet 3

Busicomputers Prophet 3

The Busicomputers Prophet 3 is a modified Atom built by Acorn for Busicomputers Ltd. It is similar in design to the Prophet 2 but also comes with a built-in disc drive and power supply. This Prophet 2 is housed in a metal case with flip-down lid and external monitor power/display ports. It's unknown whether this case is original or was added later.

More information, including internal pictures, is available here.

 
Acorn ANE02 Prestel Adapter

Acorn ANE02 Prestel Adapter

The Acorn Prestel Adapter is a 1200/75 baud dial-up modem designed to connect a BBC Micro to the Post Office's Prestel viewdata system.

The Prestel Adapter connects to a telephone line via its built in telephone cable. It connects to a BBC Micro's RS423 port via the RS232 cable. The BBC Micro must be fitted with OS1.0 or above and have the PRESTEL ROM installed.

More information, including internal pictures, is available here.

 
Comcon Programmable Joystick Interface

Comcon Programmable Joystick Interface

A third-party programmable joystick interface for the Sinclair Spectrum.

  • Simple and fast programming: plug the six connectors into the required Spectrum key positions.
  • Two independent fir eactions.
  • Extension port for Currah Micro-speech unit.
  • Compatible with all Atari-type joysticks.
  • Interface operates joystick parallel to keyboard; joystick action compatible with any add-ons including Microdrives.

Originally retailed for £17.95

 
HP Portable Plus

HP Portable Plus

The HP 110 computer, also known as the HP Portable, is a portable MS-DOS computer produced by Hewlett-Packard. It has four-times the screen display as the popular but older TRS-80 model 100, and runs at over 5 MHz. The HP-110 weighs 9 pounds, with battery life of up to 16 hours. it runs MS-DOS 2.11 (in ROM); BASIC is not built-in and must be loaded from an external drive. Built-in RAM of 256K is provided, with in-ROM applications including MemoMaker, Lotus 123 and a terminal emulator. Since the applications are executed directly from ROM, more RAM is available for user data. The RAM is divided between system RAM and electronic disk emulation - a RAM-disk. Application data is stored on this virtual disk drive, which is fully MS-DOS compatible - it can even be formatted. Since the CMOS-based RAM is very power-efficient, stored data will be kept for months on a single charge.

There are no internal expansion slots. It has no built-in floppy drive or hard disk, nor a standard cassette recorder interface. The external ports are an HP-IL interface, a serial port, and a phone connection for the internal 300 baud modem, which works with the built-in terminal emulator. The HP-IL interface is a two-wire, serial interface that can support up to 30 devices at once. Compatible devices include printers, the HP digital cassette drive, the HP-9114B battery-powered floppy drive, and various test equipment.

 
Tadpole SPARCbook 3LC

Tadpole SPARCbook 3LC

Powered by a 50MHz Texas Instruments Inc microSparc processor delivering 59.1 MIPs, and weighing 2 lbs less than the company's earlier Sparcbook models, the Sparcbook 3LC is a lower cost version of the Sparcbook 3 with mono passive display, removable 2.5 drive, PCMCIA slots, 1Mb frame buffer, and 8-bit audio capability. It comes pre-loaded with SunSoft Inc Solaris 1 or 2 and Version 2.0 of Tadpole's Nomadic Computing Environment. The system board, memory and disk drives can be upgraded. With SunSoft's WABI or Insignia Solution Ltd's SoftWindows, the Sparcbook 3 can run any Windows or MS-DOS software. It comes with on-board Weitek P9000 graphics accelerator; IBM Corp Thinkpad keyboard with an integrated Pointing Stick and internal 12V Nickel Metal Hydride or external 12V Nickel Cadmium battery pack; the Sparcbook 3LC sold for $7,500.

 
Home-made BBC Micro Z80 Second Processor

Home-made BBC Micro Z80 Second Processor

This second processor board for the BBC Micro computer is apparently home-made. It connects via the standard Tube interface and features the 6MHz NMOS Z80.

 
Permanent Memory Systems 6502 Second Processor

Permanent Memory Systems 6502 Second Processor

This third-party second processor module connects to the BBC Micro via the Tube interface and provides a second 6502 CPU.

 
Special Access Systems Keyguard

Special Access Systems Keyguard

Produced by Special Access Systems Ltd, this keyguard attaches on top of the BBC Micro's keyboard.

 
UTA-3 Universal Teletext Adapter

UTA-3 Universal Teletext Adapter

This third-party teletext adapter allows the BBC Micro to receive and decode teletext transmissions.

 
Zenith MasterSport 386SLe

Zenith MasterSport 386SLe

The Zenith Data Systems MasterSport 386SLe is similar to the 386SL version, except it features the slightly faster 25MHz version of the 386SL processor and an enhanced parallel port (EPP).

 
Canon ion RC-260

Canon ion RC-260

Introduced by Canon in 1991, the RC-260 is an electronic still video camera. It is not a true digital camera, instead recording analogue TV scan lines onto 2" Video Floppy disks. It sold under the Ion brand in Europe. The RC-260 has a non-zooming 9.5 mm f/2.4 lens, giving a 35mm equivalent of 51mm.

Complete with:

  • RC-260E camera with soft case, manual
  • 2 x TA-C26 tripod adapter
  • Flash mount
  • WC-C2635 wide-converter
  • TC-C2670 tele-converter
  • 3 x BP-4P batter y pack
  • FA-C26 film adapter
  • WL-C6 wireless controller
  • 2 x BA-24P battery charger
  • 2 x RF-302 RF modulator
  • PP-A8 power pack
  • 25 x VF-50 2" video floppy disk

 
Zenith MasterSport 386SL

Zenith MasterSport 386SL

This Zenith Data Systems laptop uses Intel's 20MHz 80386SL processor and comes with 2MB fixed RAM, upgradable to 8MB. The hard disk has a 60MB capacity. The screen, although monochrome, is VGA resolution.

The SL-variant of the 386 is designed to be used in portable computers and features low power usage, integrated cache and memory controllers, an AT-bus controller, and EMS 4.0 hardware. It is also the first of Intel's x86 range to incorporate System Management Mode (SMM) which allows system-level software (such as power management systems) to take control of the processor at any time, regardless of the processor's current operating mode. Later PC's would also use SMM to emulate the PS/2 keyboard interface, allowing USB keyboards to be used even with operating systems that were not designed to support them.

 
ATPL Break-Lock

ATPL Break-Lock

Fix ATPL BreakLock to your BBC Micro and avoid disaster where inadvertant use of 'break' will cause loss of data and/or programmes.

  • Prevents accidental or unauthorised use of the 'break' key.
  • Acts as a security device to prevent unauthorised use of your system mor eeffectively and cheaper than security ROMs.
  • Fits easily and neatly in the 'ash-tray'.
  • Renders demonstration machines tamper-proof.

 
Viglen 20MB BBC Micro Disk Drive

Viglen 20MB BBC Micro Disk Drive

This hard disk drive from Viglen provides 20MB of storage.

 
Apple II Floppy Disk Drive

Apple II Floppy Disk Drive

This replacement disk drive is for the Apple II.

 
BBC Master Compact 5.25

BBC Master Compact 5.25" Disk Drive

This external disk drive for the BBC Master Compact allows you to load standard BBC Micro software from 40 or 80-track 5.25" disks.

 
External 2.88MB SCSI Floppy Drive

External 2.88MB SCSI Floppy Drive

This DEC external floppy disk drive connects to a SCSI interface. It is capable of reading the higher-density 2.88MB format introduced by IBM for their PS/2 computer range.

 
External SCSI 128Mb  Magneto-Optical Drive

External SCSI 128Mb Magneto-Optical Drive

An external magneto-optical drive with SCSI interface. It is compatible with 3.5" rewritable disks that comply with the ISO/IEC 90mm CD 10090 standard.

 
Iomega Zip Drive 250 Parallel

Iomega Zip Drive 250 Parallel

This Zip drive is a later version of the 100Mb Zip drive with capacity increased to 250Mb.

It connects to a PC compatible computer via the parallel printer port and includes software to make it accessible from Windows XP.

The format became the most popular of the super-floppy type products which filled a niche in the late 1990s portable storage market. However it was never popular enough to replace the 3.5-inch floppy disk nor could ever match the storage size available on rewritable CDs and later rewritable DVDs. USB flash drives ultimately proved to be the better rewritable storage medium among the general public due to the near ubiquity of USB ports on personal computers and soon after because of the far greater storage sizes offered. Zip drives fell out of favor for mass portable storage during the early 2000s. The Zip brand later covered internal and external CD writers known as Zip-650 or Zip-CD, which had no relation to the Zip drive.

 

 
WD1003-WA2 Hard Drive Controller

WD1003-WA2 Hard Drive Controller

The western Digital WD1003-WA2 controller interfaces with up to two Winchester ST506/ST412 hard disk drives and up to two floppy disk drives in an IBM PC AT or compatible system. The controller board supports drives with up to 16 read/write heads and 2048 cylinders.

 
2MB Parity RAM ISA Expansion Card

2MB Parity RAM ISA Expansion Card

This expansion card connects ot the PC's 16-bit ISA bus and provides up to 2MB parity RAM in low-profile SIMM sockets.

 
Liberty Rasterex High-Resolution Video Board

Liberty Rasterex High-Resolution Video Board

This expansion board connects to the PC's 16-bit ISA bus and provides hardware-accelerated vector graphics drawing. It was intended for CAD programs such as AutoCAD. The card can display standard VGA graphics through the pass-through connector. It originally retained for between $3000 and $4000.

 
PEI-303 V2 386 RAM Card

PEI-303 V2 386 RAM Card

This RAM expansion card connects to a proprietary connector on a PC motherboard (possibly a PEM-2030B V2 MINI 386 20MHZ?). The main connector is positioned behind the 16-bit ISA socket, and the smaller 4-pin connector (power?) is positioned in front of the 8-bit ISA socket.

 
Pair of Western Digital MCA EtherCard PLUS/A

Pair of Western Digital MCA EtherCard PLUS/A

These expansion cards connect to the MCA bus of an IBM PS/2 computer and provide a connection to an Ethernet network, either via a BNC connector or an AUI port. One card is of type WD8003E/A; the other is WD8003ET/A.

 
Noivell Netware MCA Keycard

Noivell Netware MCA Keycard

This expansion card connects to the MCA bus of an IBM PS/2 computer. It's sole purpose is to provide a serial number from a small ROM chip. The Novell Netware operating system compared this serial number to the serial number encoded in the software files - a mismatch would prevent the software from running. The board serves as a means of controlling the licensing of the Novell software.

 
Western Digital WD8003E Network Card

Western Digital WD8003E Network Card

This Western Digital expansion card connects to the PC's 8-bit ISA bus and provides an ethernet connection, either via the BNC connector ('thinnet') or via the 15-pin AUI connector ('thicknet' by way of a vampire tap).

 
QuickShot QS-120 Game Card

QuickShot QS-120 Game Card

This expansion card connects to the PC's 8-bit ISA bus and provides two game ports, each support two analogue inputs (usually mapped to a joystick) and two digital inputs (used for fire buttons). The three-way switch provides two modes of auto-fire.

 
Third-Party Datasette for CBM64/128

Third-Party Datasette for CBM64/128

This third-party Datasette data recorder is designed for the Commodore 64/128. It looks very similar to the official Datasette unit. There is no indication of the original manufacturer - just a note that it was made in Taiwan.

 
Teleika PAL LanTV Prototype

Teleika PAL LanTV Prototype

A pre-production network-computer/set-top box designed around the Acorn STB platform.

 
Boca STB121 TV Web Interface

Boca STB121 TV Web Interface

Key features:

  • Built-in Web browser
  • Citrix® ICA-enabled
  • RealAudio™ support
  • Embedded, dial-up modem
  • Works with any monitor, including TVs
  • Wireless keyboard with joystick/mouse
  • Smartcard security control
  • VGA and NTSC/PAL video output

 
Sinclair SJS2 Joystick

Sinclair SJS2 Joystick

Released for the Sinclair Spectrum+2A this joystick was intended to improve upon the original SJS1.

 
Psion Organiser II XP

Psion Organiser II XP

The Psion Organiser was the brand name of a range of Pocket Computer developed by the British company Psion in the 1980s. The Organiser I and Organiser II had a characteristic hard plastic sliding cover protecting a 6x6 keyboard with letters arranged alphabetically.
 
The Psion Organiser II, model XP has a 6303 microprocessor with two-line LCD, two slots for memory cartridges and a connector for expansion. The keyboard is calculator-like with the keys arranged alphabetically. There's no off key the so thje machine was switched off by a menu command. The case is also styled like a calculator, but it has a handy slide-on cover to keep the keyboard safe when the machine is not in use.

 
Acorn Archimedes A500

Acorn Archimedes A500

The Acorn A500 Archimedes was used internally at Acorn, often for desktop publishing. They were not sold to the general public.

This Acorn A500 has serial number 222.

 
RAMAMP Computers Sideways RAM/ROM Board

RAMAMP Computers Sideways RAM/ROM Board

Designed for the BBC Micro, the RAMAMP RAM/ROM Board is capable of accepting up to six extra language ROMs and 2x16K of dynamic RAM.

 
AGF Protocol Game Controller Interface

AGF Protocol Game Controller Interface

This joystick adaptor for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum allows the user to customise which keys on the keyboard the joystick maps to. Key mappings were determiend by placing small plastic pegs in the appropriate holes of the pegboard. The pegboard can then be flipped up and clipped in place - the pegs activated a small membrane keyboard hidden under the key code legend.

The red pushbutton acts as a reset button (the ZX Spectrum did not have one as standard), and the toggle switch changes between full joystick mapping and just the cursor keys.

 
RetroClinic External Compact Flash Unit

RetroClinic External Compact Flash Unit

This modern upgrade for the BBC Micro (product id KIT-EXTU2CF) connects to the 1MHz bus and allows the computer to access up to two CompactFlash cards as if they were floppy disks.

The kit contains:

  • External dual compact flash hard drive unit for 1MHz bus
  • ADFS 1.53 and ADFS 1.33 ROM 27256
  • RFS ROM CF formatting utility
  • DFS 80 track utilities disk 5.25"
  • DFS 80 track utilities disk 3.5"
  • CD-ROM CF utilities disc U0602
  • Power Adaptor 5v 300ma UK Plug
  • Instruction Leaflet

 
Watford Electronics 3.5

Watford Electronics 3.5" Disk Drive

This 3.5" disk drive is designed to be attached to a BBC Micro.

 
Torch Graduate

Torch Graduate

The Torch Graduate is a second processor designed to be attached to the BBC Micro. Unlike most second processors, the Torch Graduate connects via the 1MHz bus instead of the Tube port. The Graduate has an 8088 processor and runs a version of MS-DOS 2.11. At boot time it copies 6502 code into the BBC Micro's address space and effectively takes control of it - the result is that the BBC Micro serves as an input/output terminal for the Torch processor. The Graduate has two 360KB 5.25" floppy disk drives and can have two full-length 8-bit ISA cards installed.

More information, including internal pictures, is available here.

 
Computer Concepts ColourCard Gold (Second Issue)

Computer Concepts ColourCard Gold (Second Issue)

The Computer Concepts ColourCard Gold provides improved graphics capability and supported VGA monitors for an Archimedes or A3000 computer. The ribbon cable plugs into the video connector on the motherboard.

 

More information at:
http://chrisacorns.computinghistory.org.uk/32bit_UpgradesA2G/CC_ColourcardGold.html

 
Care Electronics PSU

Care Electronics PSU

This switch-mode power supply provides two output sockets compatible with the BBC Micro's disk drive power connector. It is intended to power external disk drives without putting additional load on the BBC Micro's PSU.

 
Voltmace Delta 14/B Handset System

Voltmace Delta 14/B Handset System

This accessory for the BBC Micro attaches to the analogue and user ports, and can be used as either a single joystick attached directly to the analogue port (standard Acorn-compatible mode) or as two joysticks complete with keypads and software to integrate it into the BBC Micro's operating system.

 
Spectravideo Quick Shot Deluxe

Spectravideo Quick Shot Deluxe

The original Quick Shot Deluxe joystick controller, model number 318-101. Modified for use with the BBC Micro model B.

  • Contour grip design
  • Deluxe positive response fire button
  • Extra long four-feet cord
  • Conventional type firing button
  • Rubber suction cup footing for stable one-hand operation
  • Contour groove for sure grip

 
Sharp MZ-800

Sharp MZ-800

The Sharp MZ-800 was the successor to the MZ 780. It was partially compatible with the MZ-700 series and the MZ-80K series. It was sold under three reference numbers:

  • MZ-811 without tape drive
  • MZ-821 with built-in 1200-baud tape drive
  • MZ-831 with tape drive and built-in 4-colour printer-plotter

Like the MZ 700, there was no language in ROM, it had to be loaded from tape. The ROM only contained boot code, OS calls and special code to allow the user to use the 64 KB RAM as a virtual disk.

 
Super Pro Zip Stik for BBC Computer

Super Pro Zip Stik for BBC Computer

Connects to the BBC Micro's user port. Micro-switch fire buttons; autofire.

 
Aiptek PenCam Trio

Aiptek PenCam Trio

A stick-shaped digital camera styled to look like an oversized pen.

Specifications:

  • Sensor type: CIF (352 x 288) CMOS
  • Interface type: USB
  • Image performance: 9fps (352 x 288) or 20fps (176 x 144)
  • Memory: 64Mbit SDRAM (80 pictures CIF or 320 pictures QCIF)
  • 10 second self timer
  • Requires 2 x AAA battery
  • 54 degree view angle

 
Technomatic Multiform Z80 2nd processor

Technomatic Multiform Z80 2nd processor

This second processor expansion for the BBC Micro connects to the 1MHz bus. It features 4MHz Z80A CPU, 64K of RAM and a CP/M like OS called OSM. More informationis available here.

 
Quickshot QS-130F Python 1

Quickshot QS-130F Python 1

Compatible with Sega, Atari, Commodore, Amstrad, and MSX video game systems. Two fire buttons with high-speed autofire capability.

 
LandWare GoiType!

LandWare GoiType!

This third-party accessory for the Palm computing platform allows you to enter text into a Palm Pilot handheld computer with a minture-sized keyboard.

 
Jafa Shadow RAM Turbo Upgrade

Jafa Shadow RAM Turbo Upgrade

Similar to the Slogger Turbo Driver, this upgrade board for the Acorn Electron enables faster access to memory ('shadow RAM'), speeding up the machine. By flipping the switch, and extra 32K of RAM can be accessed.

 
Acorn BBC Micro Model A (Issue 2 Board)

Acorn BBC Micro Model A (Issue 2 Board)

This BBC Micro computer has the issue 2 main board. The model A omitted most of the expansion options to reduce cost, although this unit has had it's RAM upgraded to 32KB.

 
Raspberry Pi - Model A

Raspberry Pi - Model A

Model A is the lower-spec variant of the Raspberry Pi, with 256 MB of RAM, one USB port and no Ethernet port.

This model is usually bought for embedded projects: because it’s missing a few ports and an Ethernet chip, the Model A is lighter and consumes less power than a Model B.

 
Cybiko Xtreme

Cybiko Xtreme

The Cybiko was a hand-held computer introduced in May 2000 by Cybiko Inc. It was designed for teens and featured its own two-way radio text messaging system. Over 430 "official" freeware games and applications were available. It features a QWERTY keyboard designed to be used with a stylus. An MP3 player add-on was made for the unit as well as a SmartMedia card reader. The company stopped manufacturing the units after two product versions and only a few years on the market. Cybikos can communicate with each other up to a maximum range of 300 metres. Several Cybikos can chat with each other in a wireless chatroom.

The Cybiko Xtreme was the second-generation Cybiko handheld. It featured various improvements over the original Cybiko, such as a faster processor, more RAM, more ROM, a new operating system, a new keyboard layout and case design, greater wireless range, a microphone, improved audio output, and smaller size.

 
Terrell Electronics Printer Switch Box

Terrell Electronics Printer Switch Box

This small box connects to a printer and two BBC Micro computers. The pushbutton on the side allows you to switch which computer can communicate wity the printer.

 
OAK Recorder 3

OAK Recorder 3

The Oak Recorder 3 is a low cost, high quality sound sampler for Acorn's Archimedes, A4, and Risc PC computers. The interface plugs into the parallel printer port of the computer and does not  take up a podule slot. A socket on the interface allows connection to the microphone (included) or to other sound sources such as a hi-fi or CD player.

The SoundLab software supplied with the Oak Recorder 3 allows 8-bit samples to be recorded at a standard rate of 20KHz with higher sampling rates up to 32KHz available on the more powerful Acorn machines.

 

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