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danrok 3rd April, 2005 07:35 PM

AOA's Computer Museum
Check-out the history of personal computing here at AOA.

We will be adding more computers and perhaps some games consoles in the near future...

kellamne 3rd April, 2005 07:49 PM

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.

danrok 3rd April, 2005 07:51 PM

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!

Daniel ~ 3rd April, 2005 10:37 PM

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}

danrok 3rd April, 2005 10:39 PM

LOL, sit back and enjoy yourself!

dsio 3rd April, 2005 10:58 PM

notable ommisions: TRS-80 (trash-80)
also the first "PC": the Altair

damn the osbourne is 1337.

cloasters 3rd April, 2005 11:03 PM

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!

danrok 3rd April, 2005 11:10 PM

Yes, the 8086, a lower number!, came next.

bradmax57 3rd April, 2005 11:14 PM

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 :D

danrok 3rd April, 2005 11:16 PM

First PC I bought was the Amstrad 1640. Like the one at the top of this page:

8 MHz CPU!

dsio 3rd April, 2005 11:41 PM


Originally Posted by danrok
First PC I bought was the Amstrad 1640. Like the one at the top of this page:

8 MHz CPU!

you have a 3dmark compare URL for it? :rolling:

Daniel ~ 3rd April, 2005 11:44 PM

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!

danrok 3rd April, 2005 11:45 PM


Originally Posted by dsio
you have a 3dmark compare URL for it? :rolling:

I think that PC would have soiled its trousers at the sight of 3dMark!

Logan 4th April, 2005 11:28 AM

I think I have a working 5150 in my closet!!!

I also have the Van Halen CD of the same name!

Aedan 4th April, 2005 12:40 PM

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?

Rondog 4th April, 2005 12:48 PM

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. :D

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. ;)

danrok 4th April, 2005 09:53 PM

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...

bradmax57 4th April, 2005 10:15 PM

Ah Epic's winter games the best ever :D

danrok 4th April, 2005 10:16 PM


Originally Posted by bradmax57
Ah Epic's winter games the best ever :D

Played it to death... LOL

cadaveca 4th April, 2005 10:22 PM

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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