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My name is Tim O'Callaghan I live in Aylesbury Bucks.
I was born in 1968 now aged 43 which means I am a bit-baby.
While I was growing up all the new machines became available and I liked
going to computer clubs to look at and criticise other peoples machines
I could not afford the biggest or best machines but did manage to take my
Sinclair ZX-81 then after my Sinclair ZX-Spectrum to play games and copy software.
At these clubs in my formative years I was impressed with the variety of the machines and I got the bug.
I loved programming in Basic and would go to my local TANDY computer store and write amusing programs on a demo TRS-80 Model III.
I have a collection of fully working machines which I sometimes take to retro computer shows. I specialise in being able to make brand new 5.25" floppies from disk images or connecting CF cards chock full of software to use on the retro machines.
The two biggest under-rated people in the computer industry are..
Gary Kildall who created the first good DOS system called CP/M (copied by you know who)
and Chuck Peddle who created the 6502 microprocessor used in many machines of the day,
the 6502 was not the first processor but its architecture enabled communication with other peripherals
and was produced at a cheap price which led to the boom in home computing. And Chuck produced the first real Personal Computer with Screen, Keyboard and BASIC the magnificent C= Commodore PET 2001.
I am currently working on fixing 2 Osborne 1 Computers, The logic in these machines is very sound, I have removed the Power Supplies and replacing components on them they WILL be fully up and running by the end of this week. If you have one of these machines you will know how after 30 years the PSU's melt and create 'Magic Smoke' luckily they can be fixed. I will use TeleDisk to make a full set of CP/M disks for them.
I have a number of rare fully working machines including an Apple /// with 5mb profile Hard disk and cp/m
a Commodore PET 2001 with Chiclet Keyboard, a Commodore PET 3008 with dual 4040 floppy drive, a commodore SX-64 , Sincalir ZX-80 and many more.
I hope to visit your museum some time soon.