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GENERAL => NEW MEMBERS - SIGN IN HERE PLEASE => Topic started by: martinws on September 03, 2012, 09:05:26 PM

Title: Hello From Dorset
Post by: martinws on September 03, 2012, 09:05:26 PM
Hi all,

It's great to find a UK retro computer forum. A bit about myself... My name is Martin.

The first computer I owned was a Sinclair QL (in 1984). (Such a lovely machine, I still regret selling it!!).
Next came a Commodore Amiga A1000, then an Apple Mac IIvx from then on it's been Apple all the way at home!

I'm also a UNIX software developer, starting on Sun 3s, these days I develop for Mac OS X and iOS systems.

I'm not a big gamer, more interested in the underlying technology especially around early GUIs. I currently own 96 Apple Macs from 1984 to present day and 22 other machines (including Amigas, Atari STs and just 2 very old PCs (Windows 3.11 and an Apricot F1). I see RCM have few early PCs in the collection, any particular reason? Or are old PC's not too good as gaming machines? F

I'll add my full collection to Collectors Corner later.
Title: Re: Hello From Dorset
Post by: AndyRCM on September 03, 2012, 09:12:18 PM
Hi Martin,
Great to have you on here mate . . .  96 Apple Macs? I thought RCM/Myself had a lot but nowhere near that many! ;) I currently have a 27" Imac at home! :)

We do have quite a few old PCs - just not done anything with them yet due to time! ;)

Cheers
Andy
Title: Re: Hello From Dorset
Post by: martinws on September 03, 2012, 10:15:52 PM
96 Apple Macs? I thought RCM/Myself had a lot

It's not bad, but I'm still Championship Division compared to some real MacHeads! ;D

Title: Re: Hello From Dorset
Post by: Panther on September 04, 2012, 01:01:49 PM
I see RCM have few early PCs in the collection, any particular reason?

We have the DosBox we use for the museum and shows etc. but for me personally a PC is a PC, too many generic ones around unlike Mac's so no point in having more than one  :)

Like Andy I use an iMac at home  :)

And welcome Martin to the nuthouse RCM  ;)
Title: Re: Hello From Dorset
Post by: martinws on September 04, 2012, 02:00:58 PM
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We have the DosBox we use for the museum and shows etc. but for me personally a PC is a PC, too many generic ones around unlike Mac's so no point in having more than one

Very true. However, early 'home use' systems like the Apricot F1 running GEM was sufficiently different to stand out from the crowd and deserve a place in RCM's collection. :-)
Title: Re: Hello From Dorset
Post by: Scarlettkitten on September 04, 2012, 09:02:05 PM
Welcome Martin

I'm also a bit of an Apple person although my collection has been whittled down a lot, I still have my Quadra 840AV that has to be my favorite mac. :)
Title: Re: Hello From Dorset
Post by: martinws on September 05, 2012, 09:57:59 AM
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I'm also a bit of an Apple person although my collection has been whittled down a lot, I still have my Quadra 840AV that has to be my favorite mac.

Wow, loads of Apple people here. I shouldn't be surprised but am. Things must be improving for Apple as a whole these days!

My Quadra 840AV just stopped working one day, it is one of my top machines in my collection. It would boot but would not display anything. I suspect its capacitors may have died.  :'(