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I'm thinking about getting a retro computer soon, any suggestions as to what I should get?
[QUOTE=sonictrey;27422076]I'm thinking about getting a retro computer soon, any suggestions as to what I should get?[/QUOTE] A Mac Classic is an easy one to get into and they are still fairly plentiful.
[QUOTE=sonictrey;27422076]I'm thinking about getting a retro computer soon, any suggestions as to what I should get?[/QUOTE] Commodore 64's are awesome, Or a Commodore Amiga 500. [editline]15th January 2011[/editline] [QUOTE=MacTrekkie;27422742]A Mac Classic is an easy one to get into and they are still fairly plentiful.[/QUOTE] Or this.
I know a guy who sells computers from a recycling plant. saw an Apple lisa there once. never bought anything from that era though. there's a bunch of them though. I just honestly don't know what I would do with them. they're often missing hard drives cause they're from government offices.
[QUOTE=MacTrekkie;27422742]A Mac Classic is an easy one to get into and they are still fairly plentiful.[/QUOTE] I'd get something a tad more modern. All of the original box macs with the built-in CRT were pretty awful. You needed a special tool to open them and since most of them lacked active cooling, the CRT, the circuitry driving it and the power supply tended to overheat and catch fire or worse. I've had many different box macs over a period of time and the only one worth a spit was the Macintosh SE/30 FDHD. I was really lucky with it because it had a NuBUS upgrade card with a 25 MHz 68030 (the onboard CPU was a '030 16 MHz) and 8 MB of additional RAM on the card, plus a color video controller (gave a DB-15 VGA for the back on an external monitor.) In any case, I'd recommend something a bit newer like something in the Macintosh II family or LC family (the LC III and III+ were the best, the I and II had problems like a weaker 68020 and only 10 MB RAM max.) Some of the AIW LCs (520, etc.) were pretty good also. [editline]14th January 2011[/editline] [QUOTE=limulus54;27423264]I know a guy who sells computers from a recycling plant. saw an Apple lisa there once. never bought anything from that era though. there's a bunch of them though. I just honestly don't know what I would do with them. they're often missing hard drives cause they're from government offices.[/QUOTE] The Lisa was an awful machine, be glad you didn't pick it up. Of the more terrible things to nitpick about it was the CRT had [i]non-square[/i] pixels and a funky resolution to match, making it vastly incompatible with almost all software not specifically written for it. Also equally weak was the MC68000 CPU at 5 MHz (the much smaller box macs had an 8 MHz 68000 or 16 MHz 68030.)
[QUOTE=Fatal-Error;27418076]...a proper Commodore monitor...[/QUOTE] [img]http://imgkk.com/i/sur7.jpg[/img] [img_thumb]http://imgkk.com/i/smam.jpg[/img_thumb] Does this count? :v: Anyways, is a Toshiba T6400DXC old enough for this thread? [img]http://imgkk.com/i/xmll.jpg[/img] It's even got a movable keyboard! :3: [I turned it off because the harddrive bearings are really really bad, didn't want to keep it on for too long at all. It runs Windows 3.1] [img_thumb]http://imgkk.com/i/vawv.jpg[/img_thumb] I've also got a somewhat damaged, yet still awesome, and nearly-complete Olivetti M15! I've got a carrying case, the charger, the unit itself, and the manual, but I don't have any software for it at all. It has no internal storage, just two 3.5" floppy drives. I can turn it on, but it immediately asks for software that I don't have :smith: [img]http://imgkk.com/i/-axd.jpg[/img]
[QUOTE=Lapsus;27425610]but it immediately asks for software that I don't have :smith:[/QUOTE] The software is probably somewhere on the internet. You just have to look the right places :eng101:
[QUOTE=bohb;27423426] The Lisa was an awful machine, be glad you didn't pick it up. Of the more terrible things to nitpick about it was the CRT had [i]non-square[/i] pixels and a funky resolution to match, making it vastly incompatible with almost all software not specifically written for it. Also equally weak was the MC68000 CPU at 5 MHz (the much smaller box macs had an 8 MHz 68000 or 16 MHz 68030.)[/QUOTE] My mom used to have a Lisa a few years ago (when dinosaurs roamed the earth is the way she puts it) while working at her current job. I think she did anyways... I'd have to ask again. I wonder if they ever kept their old computers...... (She works at a big university in the parking and transportation department as a supervisor) [editline]15th January 2011[/editline] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJKTY8sDl_Q[/media] I love the sound of that hard drive for some reason.
Whoa keyboards haven't advanced at all. They were blocky as fuck and they still are(the best ones atleast)
Mine is extremely flat. I can't type on the blocky ones at all, they hurt my fingers and I make assloads of typos on them. I'm weird.... :saddowns:
I have an C64, C128 and Amiga 500. Fuckin' Radar Rat Race.
[QUOTE=bohb;27423426]I'd get something a tad more modern. All of the original box macs with the built-in CRT were pretty awful. You needed a special tool to open them and since most of them lacked active cooling, the CRT, the circuitry driving it and the power supply tended to overheat and catch fire or worse. I've had many different box macs over a period of time and the only one worth a spit was the Macintosh SE/30 FDHD. I was really lucky with it because it had a NuBUS upgrade card with a 25 MHz 68030 (the onboard CPU was a '030 16 MHz) and 8 MB of additional RAM on the card, plus a color video controller (gave a DB-15 VGA for the back on an external monitor.) In any case, I'd recommend something a bit newer like something in the Macintosh II family or LC family (the LC III and III+ were the best, the I and II had problems like a weaker 68020 and only 10 MB RAM max.) Some of the AIW LCs (520, etc.) were pretty good also. [editline]14th January 2011[/editline] The Lisa was an awful machine, be glad you didn't pick it up. Of the more terrible things to nitpick about it was the CRT had [i]non-square[/i] pixels and a funky resolution to match, making it vastly incompatible with almost all software not specifically written for it. Also equally weak was the MC68000 CPU at 5 MHz (the much smaller box macs had an 8 MHz 68000 or 16 MHz 68030.)[/QUOTE] oh I know it was terrible. I know a bit about the history of the PC. Just seems like something interesting because it was terrible, like those pennies or stamps with errors on them.
I have a load of 90's/early 2000's stuff in my attic: IDE Raid Card: [img]http://lh4.ggpht.com/_6H-A006Uf_8/TDsYVlAO0fI/AAAAAAAAAEM/OuFvTFoMFeE/s912/PICT0134.JPG[/img] Loadsa Ram: [img]http://lh5.ggpht.com/_6H-A006Uf_8/TDsZBjGfX6I/AAAAAAAAAEo/WQKQnd4tics/s912/PICT0156.JPG[/img] About 3 or 4 of these dual CPU servers: [img]http://lh5.ggpht.com/_6H-A006Uf_8/TDsZTKYBujI/AAAAAAAAAE4/fFGpVtMW3bk/s912/PICT0169.JPG[/img] [img]http://lh5.ggpht.com/_6H-A006Uf_8/TDsZwHxNoAI/AAAAAAAAAFE/48PueUrZJTM/s912/PICT0172.JPG[/img] Also have various other bits and bobs.
[QUOTE=Itsjustguy;27409803][img_thumb]http://www.brianmicklethwait.com/education/archives/Abacus.gif[/img_thumb] Retro Computing ?[/QUOTE] [url]http://www.wimp.com/powerfulabacus/[/url]
[QUOTE=bohb;27423426] The Lisa was an awful machine, be glad you didn't pick it up. Of the more terrible things to nitpick about it was the CRT had [i]non-square[/i] pixels and a funky resolution to match, making it vastly incompatible with almost all software not specifically written for it. Also equally weak was the MC68000 CPU at 5 MHz (the much smaller box macs had an 8 MHz 68000 or 16 MHz 68030.)[/QUOTE] It's a fact that there are only SEVEN known programs that were ever released for the Lisa: -LisaWrite -LisaCalc -LisaGraph -LisaList -LisaProject -LisaDraw -LisaTerminal Also, it uses oval pixels which on their own are really weird.
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGmmD3xOWCQ&feature=related[/media] :v:
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I wish I had some old computers now for some reason. I loooove Amiga and C64 music <:D
I'd like a C64 and a MSX2.
[QUOTE=Marnetmar;27431510][media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGmmD3xOWCQ&feature=related[/media] :v:[/QUOTE] Awesome idea for a LAN case. Small LCD and a mini-ITX board in a Lisa case.
[QUOTE=MIPS;27430663]oval pixels[/QUOTE] I wish I was there to see the design process that led to this :v:
[QUOTE=MacTrekkie;27445267]Awesome idea for a LAN case. Small LCD and a mini-ITX board in a Lisa case.[/QUOTE] Uh, no. For starters, a Lisa is massive. Secondly, any awesomeness would be bogged down in the fact that you are using a Mini ITX board with a shitty CPU and hardware. Speaking of which, might anyone know how to remove regular black spraypaint from the plastic panels of a Lisa? Some douchebag tried painting my Lisa black and it looks like shit. [QUOTE=Tezzanator92;27445674]I wish I was there to see the design process that led to this :v:[/QUOTE] Apple realized just how bad of an idea this was when they developed the Macintosh, hence why for it they reverted to square pixels. The Lisa can display square pixels with a replacement ROM and a transformer attached inline with the tube but then the screen looks like a 4:3 image on a 16:9 monitor with black bars on either side.
[QUOTE=MIPS;27445925]Uh, no. For starters, a Lisa is massive. Secondly, any awesomeness would be bogged down in the fact that you are using a Mini ITX board with a shitty CPU and hardware. Speaking of which, might anyone know how to remove regular black spraypaint from the plastic panels of a Lisa? Some douchebag tried painting my Lisa black and it looks like shit. Apple realized just how bad of an idea this was when they developed the Macintosh, hence why for it they reverted to square pixels. The Lisa can display square pixels with a replacement ROM and a transformer attached inline with the tube but then the screen looks like a 4:3 image on a 16:9 monitor with black bars on either side.[/QUOTE] Why would anyone try to paint a lisa black?
[QUOTE=B-hazard;27430195]I have a load of 90's/early 2000's stuff in my attic: IDE Raid Card: [img_thumb]http://lh4.ggpht.com/_6H-A006Uf_8/TDsYVlAO0fI/AAAAAAAAAEM/OuFvTFoMFeE/s912/PICT0134.JPG[/img_thumb] Loadsa Ram: [img_thumb]http://lh5.ggpht.com/_6H-A006Uf_8/TDsZBjGfX6I/AAAAAAAAAEo/WQKQnd4tics/s912/PICT0156.JPG[/img_thumb] About 3 or 4 of these dual CPU servers: [img_thumb]http://lh5.ggpht.com/_6H-A006Uf_8/TDsZTKYBujI/AAAAAAAAAE4/fFGpVtMW3bk/s912/PICT0169.JPG[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://lh5.ggpht.com/_6H-A006Uf_8/TDsZwHxNoAI/AAAAAAAAAFE/48PueUrZJTM/s912/PICT0172.JPG[/img_thumb] Also have various other bits and bobs.[/QUOTE] BallistiX bro's [img]http://www.facepunch.com/image.php?u=160105&dateline=1259682528[/img]:respek:[img]http://www.facepunch.com/image.php?u=250646&dateline=1294089247[/img]
Somtimes I wish apple went under in the 90's and Commodore continued on, just imagine what they would have done with modern technology.
[QUOTE=Fatal-Error;27458998]Somtimes I wish apple went under in the 90's and Commodore continued on, just imagine what they would have done with modern technology.[/QUOTE] :sigh:
[QUOTE=codenamecueball;27459197]:sigh:[/QUOTE] :downs:
Fuck your shit, I've got an ACORN machine running RISCOS 3 [img]http://ahb.me/1uU0[/img] I've forgotten the model number (it's up in the roof now), but it was some damn powerful shit. I tried to open it up and get RISCOS 4 on it, but I realised I needed custom ROM's (£50+, fuck that). Other stuff we've got off the top of my head: Mac G3 Bondi Blue, ZX Spectrum (with the 48k expansion, and the microdrive!), assload of old HDD's (Seagate 272MB!), and I think somewhere there's a BBC B.
MIPS, you should really start Youtubing your collection. I love that kind of stuff. Check out phreakindee's channel, he has a bunch of awesome Retrocomputing stuff, mostly games, but it's still awesome. As for stuff I own, it's not really much. I have a Super Pong, some old laptop that doesn't really work, and a G4 PowerMac that I use as a torrent slave while I'm at college.
someone post a mechanical computer [editline]16th January 2011[/editline] [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9b/De-Te-We-mp3h0651.jpg[/img] like this except they have to actually own it [editline]16th January 2011[/editline] wow page stretcher sorry about that
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