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Donation: Apple iMac G3 “Bondi Blue” M5521

December 28th, 2011 No comments
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from Wikipedia:

The iMac is a range of all-in-one Macintosh desktop computers built by Apple. It has been the primary part of Apple’s consumer desktop offerings since its introduction in 1998, and has evolved through five distinct forms.

The announcement of the iMac in 1998 was a source of discussion and anticipation among commentators, Mac fans, and detractors. Opinions were divided over Apple’s drastic changes to the Macintosh hardware. At the time, Apple was trying to improve its retail strategy. Apple declared that “the back of our computer looks better than the front of anyone else’s”.

Apple declared the ‘i’ in iMac to stand for “Internet”; it also represented the product’s focus as a personal device (‘i’ for “individual”). Attention was given to the out-of-box experience: the user needed to go through only two steps to set up and connect to the Internet. “There’s no step 3!” was the catch-phrase in a popular iMac commercial narrated by actor Jeff Goldblum.

Another commercial, dubbed “Simplicity Shootout”, pitted seven-year-old Johann Thomas and his border collie Brodie, with an iMac, against Adam Taggart, a Stanford University MBA student, with an HP Pavilion 8250, in a race to set up their computers. Johann and Brodie finished in 8 minutes and 15 seconds, whereas Adam was still working on it by the end of the commercial. Apple later adopted the ‘i’ prefix across its consumer hardware and software lines, such as the iPod, iBook, iPhone, iPad and various pieces of software such as the iLife suite and iWork and the company’s media player/store, iTunes.

source: wikipedia

New donations – A1200 + Blizzard 1260/80mhz – Scsi Module – 4Mb

November 22nd, 2011 No comments

Today a friend has donated to me some nice things. Thanks Igor.

Things that have been donated:

  • Amiga 1200 in nice cosmetic condition.
  • Amiga 1200 Powersupply.
  • Amiga Mouse (never used)
  • Phase5 Blizzard 1260 / 80Mhz with SCSI Module and 4Mb of Ram.
  • Commodore Amiga Video cable.

About the Amiga:

The A1200 offers a number of advantages over earlier budget Amiga models. Specifically, it is a 32-bit design, the 68EC020 microprocessor is faster than the 68000 and has 2 MB of RAM as standard.

The AGA chipset used in the A1200 is a significant improvement. AGA increases the color palette from 4096 colors to 16.8 million colors with up to 256 on-screen colors and an improved HAM mode allowing 262,144 on-screen colors. The graphics hardware also features improved sprite capacity and faster graphics performance. Additionally, compared to the A600 the A1200 was considered to offer greater expansion possibilities.

About the Blizzard 1260:

The Phase5 Blizzard 1260 is an accelerator which plugs into the trapdoor slot of the A1200. An optional SCSI-II controller is also available for this board. Includes a battery backed up clock. The card was also manufactured by DCE when Phase 5 went bust.

source: wikipedia amiga-hardware

Sega SC-3000

December 28th, 2010 No comments
Sega SC-3000

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Many thanks to Fabio D. Bovelacci for his donation. This is my second computer (ZX-81 is the first one), i spent a significant portion of my childhood in front of this one.

from old-computers.com homepage:

The SC-3000 is a computer based on the hardware of the first videogame systems released by Sega in Japan : the SG-1000 series. It can use the same game cartridges marketed for these consoles.

The SC3000 can’t be used without a ROM cartridge, which can be either a game or language. There were three different BASIC cartridges. One came with only 1Kb of RAM (and you had only 512 bytes free !), the second with 16Kb and the last with 32Kb. In official adverts, they show a total RAM of 48Kb. This was counting the VRAM and the 32Kb BASIC cartridge…

Several great games were adapted by Sega for this computer. Several graphic characteristics of the SC-3000 are fairly close to MSX ones. For example, it was one of the first computers to offer 32 sprites. Some months later, Sega released the SC-3000 H which was the same system but with a mechanical keyboard.

This computer was also marketed by Yeno under the same name (Yeno SC 3000 & SC 3000H). It was exactly the same computer except for the Yeno brand…

source: old-computers.com sc-3000.com

Atari Lynx II with Carry Bag / Powersupply and Cartridges

November 25th, 2010 No comments
Atari Lynx II with some Cartridges

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Thank to Lynx of Nightfall for your generous donation.

The Atari Lynx has several innovative features including its being the first color handheld, with a backlit display, a switchable right-handed/left-handed (upside down) configuration, and the ability to network with up to 17 other units via its “ComLynx” system (though most games would network eight or fewer players).

from Wikipedia:

The Atari Lynx is a 16-bit handheld game console that was released by Atari Corporation in 1989. The Lynx holds the distinction of being the world’s first handheld electronic game with a color LCD. The system is also notable for its forward-looking features, advanced graphics, and ambidextrous layout. The Lynx was released in 1989, the same year as Nintendo’s (monochromatic) Game Boy.

However, the Lynx failed to achieve the sales numbers required to attract quality third party developers, and was eventually abandoned. Today, as with many older consoles, there is still a small group of devoted fans, creating and selling games for the system.

source: wikipedia

Protek Joystick Interface for BBC Master Computers

June 19th, 2010 1 comment
Protek Joystick Interface for BBC Computers

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Thanks to recompute33 for the donation.

The Protek Joystick Interface allow to use a Digital joystick in place of analog joystick for BBC Computers.

Ms Pacman Commodore 64 Cartridges (like new)

June 19th, 2010 No comments

Thanks to recompute33 for your donation.

Today i picked up a MS Pacman cartridges for Commodore 64 (Like new).

The Final Cartridge III

April 7th, 2009 10 comments

Autopsy:

from Wikipedia:

The Final Cartridge III was a popular extension cartridge which was created for the Commodore 64 and Commodore 128, produced by Riska B.V. Home & Personal Computers. It offered a fast loader, increasing the speeds of the disk drive, and a freezer, allowing the program execution to be stopped to be resumed later.

Final Cartridge III Manual here

Thanks to Krille McKrill for his donation.

source: wikipedia rr.c64.org