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Old 3rd April, 2005, 07:35 PM
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AOA's Computer Museum

Check-out the history of personal computing here at AOA.

http://www.aoaforums.com/frontpage/i...=324&Itemid=34

We will be adding more computers and perhaps some games consoles in the near future...
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Old 3rd April, 2005, 07:49 PM
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You going to include the BBC B?

My first pc was the BBC B - well was my old mans when he was a PC tech, but back then was only interested in gaming after primary school.
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Old 3rd April, 2005, 07:51 PM
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OK, I'll include the BBC! Also, the Commodore 64 and more.

Had the BBC's at school. PC's were to expensive back then for schools, not that those BBC's were cheap!
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Old 3rd April, 2005, 10:37 PM
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I went to the front page to see if anyone had Nailed the new watercooled wonder to the front page yet. They hadn't, but I got hooked on the museum, read every word and stared at every picture, I'm totally hooked!

A Great new feature for AOA. Very well done Danrok!

BTW, when I was done with the museum the new watercooled wonder was up! Double thanks Danrok! ":O}
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Old 3rd April, 2005, 10:39 PM
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LOL, sit back and enjoy yourself!
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Old 3rd April, 2005, 10:58 PM
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notable ommisions: TRS-80 (trash-80)
also the first "PC": the Altair

damn the osbourne is 1337.
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Old 3rd April, 2005, 11:03 PM
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Thank you very much, danrok! I'm told that the sucessor IBM 8086 processor was much better to work with. What do I know, I was late to the game. December '95, gasp!
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Old 3rd April, 2005, 11:10 PM
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Yes, the 8086, a lower number!, came next.
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My first home computer was a Dragon 32K followed by an Acorn Electron couldnt quite stretch to a BBC model B and was gutted with the cut down version of Elite with the thaigons or whatever they were called oh the memories
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Old 3rd April, 2005, 11:16 PM
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First PC I bought was the Amstrad 1640. Like the one at the top of this page:
http://student.math.hr/~okret/jairacunala.php

8 MHz CPU!
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First PC I bought was the Amstrad 1640. Like the one at the top of this page:
http://student.math.hr/~okret/jairacunala.php

8 MHz CPU!
you have a 3dmark compare URL for it?
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I stumbled in at around 386 dropped out and can back around Pentium 120 or something...I'm just the type of guy that needs a Museum to remember this stuff!
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you have a 3dmark compare URL for it?
I think that PC would have soiled its trousers at the sight of 3dMark!
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I think I have a working 5150 in my closet!!!

I also have the Van Halen CD of the same name!
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You might also want to add some of Clive Sinclair's machines too! The ZX80 was available as a home build kit to keep the cost down somewhat. The ZX81 was much more of a productionised machine, together with it's 32K wobbly RAM pack that hung off the back and was prone to causing the machine to crash... (I'm saying nothing about the MK14)

TI99/4A - I didn't have one but did have access to one once.
Atari 400/800 - Never really got an oppertunity to play with 'em
Oric 1/Atmos - Again, never used.

Talking of old machines, there's some people who have reverse engineered the Jupiter Ace and the ZX80/ZX81, so you can build them with off the shelf components.

Do we want to cover the truely historic machines like the Post Office's Colossus machines? How about Compaq's Portable?
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I stumbled into the world of computers at age 8. Easter School Holidays of 1996. It was 486SX, 640mb HDD, No CD-ROM, 16mb RAM. I proceeded to delete config.sys.

But thanks to a great man, named Rodger Perkins, he fixed and taught me everything I know about computers that I didnt teach myself. With the exception of networking, which was taught to me by Warrick Miller. (He is a computer tech @ Harvey Norman) That is my computer experience up to this point.

BTW: Warrick also taught me that all Compaq/HP/Dell tech support people are from India and named Rhamesh. No offence intended to anyone.

And dsio, robbie, graham, brad. Who taught me overclocking. (Sorry anyone I forgot.)

To all those people, I say thank you. Even if most of them wont read it.
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The Commodore 64 is there now. More to follow...

There's a potential of about 600 machines, I won't be doing them all today...
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Ah Epic's winter games the best ever
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Ah Epic's winter games the best ever
Played it to death... LOL
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how come no odessy? wintergames, and summer games...i had summer games first. Then there was "bruce lee" on the apple...
oh, and a great classic, "airbourne ranger", on the commodore64.
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