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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 / 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.

HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / The most useful item in your collection?
« on: February 17, 2013, 12:42:31 PM »
I've been thinking about this today - what's the most useful item in your collection for you? If all your modern gear stopped working, and you only had access to one of your retro devices, which would it be?

This isn't about which one is your favourite, or has the most sentimental value - think practical.

If I only played games in my spare time, I'd go with the Nintendo Entertainment System. For my tastes, I need nothing else.

But then I realised that I really spend very little time playing games. I spend most of my free time programming something, bodging together hardware circuits, writing, or on the Internet - so the Apple //e or Amiga 1200 would suffice. (I'm counting my return to the use of BBSs in this theoretical world as an Internet substitute).

Surprisingly, to me, the Apple edges it because of its expansion capabilities which would make it easier for me to do hardware projects with.

VALUATIONS / Addams Family on the Sega Game Gear (eBay)
« on: February 08, 2013, 10:51:27 AM »
I collect Addams Family games, and have paid out a fair bit for some of them, but this is just madness surely?

It hasn't shown up on eBay for looonnnngg time but still, £500!?!

OFF TOPIC / Freaked out...
« on: January 31, 2013, 07:08:21 PM »
What kind of person comes uninvited into someone's back yard while they're at work, tidies up a little and takes away a bin bag of crap!? But doesn't leave a note or anything!?

I'm not kidding. Came home to find the back gate open and the yard a damn sight tidier than it was when I left this morning.

I'd be a bit less freaked out except this is the second time it's happened.

OFF TOPIC / Be the hero...
« on: December 17, 2012, 06:43:01 PM »
A little while ago, there was a guy in Kickstarter trying to fund a documentary about the Fighting Fantasy series of game books. I loved these, and was gutted when he failed to get the minimum funding he'd requested.

Anyway... He's back with a new plan to make the story into a book instead.

Take a look...

FOR SALE / WANTED / Wanted: Playstation Mod Chips
« on: September 12, 2012, 10:49:50 AM »
Anyone know of a UK source for original Playstation mod chips? Having a job finding any; though if I could find one of those loader discs, that might be sufficient. I have one but may need another.


GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Worst mistake made while collecting...
« on: September 04, 2012, 06:19:05 PM »
Not sure if this has been done before, but what are your biggest collecting regrets? This might be paying way over the odds for something that didn't work, selling something too cheap or just throwing the wrong thing out.

What guts me on a daily basis is that I threw out all the boxes for my SNES, Gameboy and Amiga games. It wasn't even that long ago (ten years maybe) so I was definitely old enough to know better.  >:(

Edit: as another tale, my friend's "older" parents, threw an Apple II (or Apple II plus) on the tip last year. They had no idea how much they can sell for, and could have used the money at that point too. Poor buggers (and poor Apple).

HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Next purchase ideas - best 8-bit Atari?
« on: August 16, 2012, 01:21:50 PM »
Well... company bonus time is approaching, and although it won't be in the millions, I should be able to justify a new toy so I'm thinking of snapping up a retro system to compensate for all the hard work I've put in this year (*cough* *cough*).

Not sure what to look for though. I wish this had been a few months ago when there were a couple of Apple Pippins kicking around. Failing that, I was thinking about an Atari home computer since I haven't got any of those. Which would be the best of their 8-bit systems in terms of quality games available?

Any other ideas are welcome. My existing collection is posted in the other forum.

CODING AREA / What are you working on?
« on: July 31, 2012, 11:39:59 AM »
Just curious - is anyone currently working on any programming projects for retro machines?

I'm in the early stages of programming a text adventure game for the Dragon 32 (and eventually, Apple //e) in assembly language. Which is amusing enough, but then there's the added bonus of repeatedly kicking "wor lass" to get to work on her share of the writing (as opposed to programming) bits.

And I'm planning a possible entry to Retrospectiva competition (also on Dragon 32) but my idea is not too original, I won't be putting too much effort in and so won't be winning. :)

You don't even want to get me started on hardware projects - but that's OT anyway.

« on: July 21, 2012, 04:17:05 PM »
One of the reasons i recently decided to install a CF hard drive in my old Amiga 1200 was to get rid of all those damn floppies. Obviously i'm keeping originals that i bought (sadly i threw out the boxes about ten years ago)... i'm talking about those "others". :D

This morning i've been going through them and transfering games to the CF card; and have found a half decent stash of Amiga magasine cover disks (about 40-60). i'll probably make a list and see if the Amiga Magazine Rack want any disk images... but does the RCM or anyone else have a particular need for them? i don't have the mags unfortunately.

I hate getting rid of stuff but there really is no point me keeping them.

COLLECTORS CORNER / Rink's Collection
« on: July 04, 2012, 10:36:30 AM »
This is probably my favourite area of the forum so I thought I'd post my inventory; although I suspect I might be the only person here trying NOT to collect stuff. Most of them have been acquired over quite a few years and I really try to avoid buying new items (there are exceptions)... but the temptation is too great.

Apple //e (How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...)
Apple iMac G5 (20", 2GB RAM, 500GB HDD)

Wonderswan + Wonderwitch Development Kit

Commodore C16 (in pieces)
Commodore Amiga 1200 (4GB Compact Flash "HDD")

Dragon Data Ltd.
Dragon 32
Dragon 32 (couldn't resist when a second one went for cheap on eBay)
Dragon 64
Dragon 200 (found my unicorn)

Microsoft XBOX
Microsoft XBOX 360 Elite
Microsoft XBOX 360 Slim (hardly retro)

Milton Bradley
Microvision + Shooting Star (donated)

Nintendo NES (not currently working - after I "improved" it)
Nintendo Gameboy (Mk1)
Nintendo Super NES
Nintendo 64
Nintendo Gameboy Colour
Nintendo Gameboy Advance (JAP)
Nintendo Gamecube + Gameboy Player
Nintendo Gamecube (No. 2)
Nintendo DS (JAP)
Nintendo Wii (+ soft mod)
Nintendo 3DS

Sega Megadrive
Sega Dreamcast

Sharp X1 CZ-803C
Sharp X1 Twin CZ-830C (X1 + PC Engine)
Sharp CZ-81EB (I/O Expansion Box)

Sinclair ZX81 + 16K Expansion + ZX81SCP Mod
Sinclair ZX81 + 16K Expansion + ZX81SCP Mod
Sinclair ZX81 (back for repair/upgrade)

Neo Geo Pocket Colour

Sony Playstation
Sony Playstation (chipped)
Sony Playstation2

HX-10 MSX 64K
HX-10 MSX 64K (needs repair)

Also got a few LCD video games and am slowly building a collection of all the Addams Family titles on all formats.

Now... what I said about not buying things - that obviously doesn't apply to the intended purchases of an Acorn Electron (my first computer), Amiga 500 (mine was traded for the 1200 when I was a kid - bad call) and Dragon 200 (hell will freeze over before I find one of these though).

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