My Old Computer Collection

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Side 1

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Side 2

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They still work. :approve:
 
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Wow, I love it :!!)! Especially the chicken scratch on the "APCO Air Valve Computer"!

You should have turned the Casio over for the second photo :biggrin:.
 
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Here's some close-ups.

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I threw away all of my old computers and handhelds, well, most were destroyed in a flood. I had a Cassiopeia, way back when. In my last move my old Sun Microsystems computers got "lost".
 
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You should have turned the Casio over for the second photo :biggrin:.
You're right. Here it is.

http://imageshack.us/a/img96/9119/21oy.jpg [Broken]
 
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I threw away all of my old computers and handhelds, well, most were destroyed in a flood. I had a Cassiopeia, way back when. In my last move my old Sun Microsystems computers got "lost".
I'd love to have an old Sun. When I dug out my 6 digit computer (Casio), that had been in a box of junk for probably >35 years, still had 2 AA batteries in it and when I switched it on, several of the blue number segment lit up.
 
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I still have one of those 100% metal computers. I lost my 100% bamboo one some time ago. The bamboo one was of course better.

I also have some parts from Symbolics machine #2. Non-functional, but still rather symbolic of the AI phase of my career.
 
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I have my old sliderules still, both bamboo, both LogLog DeciTrig with one 12" a long rule and the other a pocket rule. I also have an addiator and a Concise circular sliderule with a tiny scientific cheatsheet pullout with a bunch of facts, conversion factors and a complete periodic table.

For electronic stuff, an early HP handheld and a TI SR-50 that works really slow by todays standard.

As a teen I had a Digicomp, a mechanical 3 bit computer, but I think my Mom sold it in one of her legendary garage sales. Now on ebay they can be had for $200 or more depending on the quality.
 
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http://imageshack.us/a/img703/1097/a0i3.jpg [Broken]

That's how the real thing looks like :smile:
 
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I still have one of those 100% metal computers. I lost my 100% bamboo one some time ago. The bamboo one was of course better.
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I have my old sliderules still, ...
Me too.

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That's how the real thing looks like :smile:
It belonged to my father who DID the real thing. :approve:
 
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dlgoff, I can't see the images. How old is your computer collection? Are you planning to sell it?
 
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dlgoff, I can't see the images. How old is your computer collection? Are you planning to sell it?

Maybe they're theoretical. No images seem to have survived in this thread.
 
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As a teen I had a Digicomp, a mechanical 3 bit computer

Wow, that brings back memories! I had one of those too, but I think I was a bit younger, maybe junior high school (middle school). I remember being intrigued by it, but I don't think I actually learned anything about bit-level computer logic from it. I think that didn't happen until I actually had to teach some of that material (the different kinds of gates, etc.), after more than ten years of experience in Fortran programming.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digi-Comp_I
 
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The images were uploaded to ImageShack.us as a free service but now they want a monthly membership fee and have hide them unless I pay. I'll try to upload them to my new image hosting site. I'll have to find them first.

@ jmneutr0nn3. These computers probably aren't the kinds you're thinking of though. :)
 
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Maybe they're theoretical. No images seem to have survived in this thread.

So that explains other images that are missing from other threads. I think I saw a lot of them on flower and animal lovers threads. They don't appear no matter how many times I refresh the page.
 
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Here they are:

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I was going through some of my old boxes and found my first computer. It came with a speech synthesis kit that Bell Labs was handing out to those interested. They had set up a booth at our little towns annual carnival. Thanks Bell Labs.


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I was going through some of my old boxes and found my first computer.

My first computer was a Commodore Vic-20. My mom bought it for me in 1982, I think, when I was 14. I remember thinking, what the hell am I going to do with this? I don't think "hello world" was around then, but I followed the manual and ran a goto loop and printed something on my TV through the RF receiver, and, of course, I was hooked instantly. I bought a book entitled, "Programming the 6502," which came with a handy schematic of the processor, and learned that computer from the inside out.

I even breadboarded a memory expansion to it. It only came with a few kilobytes, and to get a few more you had to buy this cartridge that plugged into the back for something like 30-40 bucks. It was a long time ago, but I think I just bought a few static ram chips at radio shack and got the same amount of ram for about 5 or 6 bucks. Me and a buddy of mine were going to go into the memory business after discovering this but got sidetracked with adolescent issues.

I don't still have the Vic-20, but I have the original breadboard memory expansion prototype and a few photoetched circuit boards in storage somewhere. Lol.
 
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Here they are:...

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Was there there some kind of Einsteinian "Power-Energy equivalence theorem" back then that you old guys have since covered up?

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Was there there some kind of Einsteinian "Power-Energy equivalence theorem" back then that you old guys have since covered up?

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:devil: :tongue:
You don't want to know. o:)
 
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My first computer was a Commodore Vic-20. My mom bought it for me in 1982, I think, when I was 14. I remember thinking, what the hell am I going to do with this? I don't think "hello world" was around then, but I followed the manual and ran a goto loop and printed something on my TV through the RF receiver, and, of course, I was hooked instantly. I bought a book entitled, "Programming the 6502," which came with a handy schematic of the processor, and learned that computer from the inside out.

I even breadboarded a memory expansion to it. It only came with a few kilobytes, and to get a few more you had to buy this cartridge that plugged into the back for something like 30-40 bucks. It was a long time ago, but I think I just bought a few static ram chips at radio shack and got the same amount of ram for about 5 or 6 bucks. Me and a buddy of mine were going to go into the memory business after discovering this but got sidetracked with adolescent issues.

I don't still have the Vic-20, but I have the original breadboard memory expansion prototype and a few photoetched circuit boards in storage somewhere. Lol.
Awesome. Love it. I'm guessing the language was BASIC? Do you still have the book?

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image compliments of https://www.amazon.com/dp/0895880466/?tag=pfamazon01-20
 
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