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FOR SALE / WANTED / Re: Free computer stuff and an Overhead projector
« on: November 10, 2013, 11:47:36 AM »
GF wants to take me away for my birthday, but I'm not sure Bedfordshire (to pick up a Mac) is what she had in mind, :D

CODING AREA / Re: Is it just me ?
« on: October 24, 2013, 05:43:23 PM »
Why on earth would you want to learn Forth? Unless... Have you just got our hands on an Ace or something?

GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Re: What was in your office in 1982-1986?
« on: October 22, 2013, 02:24:03 PM »
A Spectrum? That's pretty cool.

The small office sector was probably a really interesting one - you were far more likely to feel the effects of how popular machines were in the home space.

I forgot about Amstrad PCWs. I imagine they did ok in the offices too.

GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / What was in your office in 1982-1986?
« on: October 19, 2013, 01:28:38 PM »
Trying to do a little research (not for academia or a book (yet)) about the most popular computers in UK businesses during the golden age. If you were old enough to have an office in the early 80s, or have related information, then I'd love to hear it.

I'm not quite that old unfortunately.

By the mid-eighties you had, of course, the biting point where computing was destroyed and IBM's boring beige box started to really take over. But what about before that? Many of the most popular systems were also marketed as a system for home and small-office businesses. So that gives us:

  • Amstrad CPC etc - don't really know how popular they were, but I remember reading about Screaming Lord Sugar trying to target businesses.
  • Apple II - very expensive for home users in the UK, but did offices adopt it?
  • Sharp MZ - remember the old Sharp & Tandy shops we had? Did that help them sell to businesses?
  • Dragon 32/64 - popular in the home, and I've seen some adverts aimed at office work, but did they sell?
  • Commodore 64 - hugely popular home machine. No idea about business use.
  • BBC - likewise. Although the BBC had a more straight-laced image and was used in schools, so maybe offices followed?
  • MSX variants - didn't do so great in the home market. Can't imagine they were a major player in the office.

What do you think?

GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Hiroshi Yamauichi has passed away. :-(
« on: September 19, 2013, 10:55:54 AM »
Just read the sad news - Hiroshi Yamauichi (the president of Nintendo for 50 years until 2002) has died at the age of 85.  :'(

If you want to talk about legends in video game and computing history then this man is up there with the biggest of them. It's a truly sad day.

CODING AREA / Re: Anyone want help writing a user guide?
« on: August 28, 2013, 08:45:51 PM »
Pretty cool.

Right place, right time. I'll have to keep an eye out for stuff like that.

OFF TOPIC / Re: Laptops - whats your thoughts ??
« on: August 28, 2013, 08:44:08 PM »
RAM comes in gigs now? Jeez... Maybe I should consider upgrading from 64K then.

CODING AREA / Re: Anyone want help writing a user guide?
« on: August 28, 2013, 01:00:53 PM »
Ah great - I didn't realise that's what you did mate. Have sent you a PM response and LI invitation in case general writing chit chat gets boring for the forum. :D

That's a fun idea - I hadn't considered the homebrew games and software scenes as a potential source of experience. That must have been an interesting gig for a retro computing fan!?

CODING AREA / Anyone want help writing a user guide?
« on: August 28, 2013, 10:28:47 AM »
I'm lucky enough to be coming to the end (90% certain) of the job I've suffered through for nine years, and am thinking of a making a move from software/app development to technical writing; preferably writing user guides etc. for software. As part of that, I need to start building up a portfolio (and practicing) so am on the look out for anyone who wants some free help.

Thought I'd post here because if I could find someone who's working on something retro-computer related, and could use me, then it'd make this much more enjoyable. :)

Feel free to PM me.

COLLECTORS CORNER / Re: Rink's Collection
« on: August 27, 2013, 11:01:16 PM »
The massive box that arrived today from Japan means only one thing: a new old computer to play with. :D

In it, a Sharp X1 CZ-803C in radiant silver. And the best bit, it's boxed with all the bumpf (only a small sticker missing). I'd never even seen a Sharp X1 box before so I'm not sure whether I'm more excited by the packaging or the machine.

FOR SALE / WANTED / Re: Speccy Games in charity shop for sale
« on: August 07, 2013, 12:03:04 PM »
I used to live there. Not in the Co-Op obviously, just on the same road. :D

It's not like I've narrowly missed out on the Spectrum deal though... I've been gone for like a decade.

VALUATIONS / Re: Akalabeth (Apple II) on eBay... Much Money!!!
« on: July 29, 2013, 04:24:59 PM »
Just thinking about this: surely only the original version sold directly by Lord British himself would be worth that kind of money? The publisher distributed edition can't be worth anything like that?

MANUALS FOR VARIOUS SYSTEMS / Re: Any Manuals Wanted / Needed?
« on: July 23, 2013, 03:00:30 PM »
Anyone got any Sharp X1 series manuals? I have the CZ-81EB manual and a CZ-803C/CZ-804C user guide on the way but am desperate for any others - either scans or hardcopies.

I'm almost at the point of offering reward money!

GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Re: Maptapper - Tile ripping tool
« on: July 04, 2013, 06:49:14 PM »
Lol. I'm sure you could have; but since someone else has already done it then why bother!? :)

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