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Waaay off topic, vintage computer (companies) LONG

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Posted on August 5, 2012 at 04:18:20
tesla
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For those of you that were in on the earlier 'scene' of computers, things were new and exciting, what with all the brands and models, such as Atari, Aquarious, Timex-Sinclair, Ohio Scientific, etc, etc. For those of us getting on-line, (before the internet) we had 300 baud modems, (or worse, the dreaded 'acoustical coupler' excuse for a modem.

My introduction to computers was a Commodore 64, and at the time, I thought it was wonderful, what with a whopping 64 K-bytes of memory. (with an actual 32K of usable memory.)

Well, this started a love affair with all things CBM, (Commodore, and Amiga)

I eventually owned all kinds of related Commodore/Amiga computers, ending with my favorite, an Amiga A3000T (T is for tower.) (What about you, Rod?)

Ok, on to the reason for my note.

I was browsing at a DAV thrift store in Oceanside, when I found a piece of CBM history I had no idea existed. it's called a "Citizen VCP-5MU, and it's made by "Japan CBM Corporation." (manufacture date, December 1986)

What the hell?

It is an early attempt at a portable vcr, with 5" color monitor built-in!

It looks to me that they probably used the same monitor as the famous Commodore SX64 portable. Btw, it weighs a hefty 20 lbs, so lightweight it isn't. Oh, it came with a battery pack also.

It works great, if you like a 5" screen. All I need to go camping with, who knows what size crowd I can entertain?






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Commode Door 64 ?, posted on August 5, 2012 at 13:49:45
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I didn't get the point of your post but it sure brought back some cool memories!

My 'gadget computers' consisted of the single board KIM-1 with hex pad and the Timex Sinclair. I had access to an S100 bus based CP/M machine at work but don't recall the manufacturer, there were several back then.

I finally ended up getting the Apple IIe (a clone IIe actually), RadioShack TRS-80, IBM PCjr, IBM PC-AT and the Compaq Deskpro 286.... and several DOS/Windows PC's since then. And now the Mac.

My roommate back in the 1980's had a Commie Dork 64, sometimes called the Commode Door 64. ;-)



 

RE: Waaay off topic, vintage computer (companies) LONG, posted on August 7, 2012 at 16:09:40
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About 25 years ago I helped an IT friend of mine move his shop, he gave me a bunch of old stuff he was going to trash.One of them was a 1981 osborne 1 very cool portable I still have it unfortunatly it has very little value. I even have the book detailing the history of that company.

 

RE: Waaay off topic, vintage computer (companies) LONG, posted on August 10, 2012 at 00:12:56
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I visited the fab where most of the proprietary semiconductors were made for the Commodore computers.
BTW, the employees got a good screwing when the doors closed.
At the time I worked for Western Digital in THEIR fab making proprietary devices for them. I had a Pascal Microengine out in the warehouse and still have my VIC-20.....I think it had a 6502 microprocessor ... 8 bit? with something outrageous like 4 or 8kb or memory. I've got it out in the garage with the cassette player used for 'mass storage', since I couldn't afford the HD for the C-64.

In those days I was learning BASIC. Good times.
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RE: Waaay off topic, vintage computer (companies) LONG, posted on August 15, 2012 at 16:48:06
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I visited the fab where most of the proprietary semiconductors were made for the Commodore computers.
BTW, the employees got a good screwing when the doors closed.
At the time I worked for Western Digital in THEIR fab making proprietary devices for them. I had a Pascal Microengine out in the warehouse and still have my VIC-20.....I think it had a 6502 microprocessor ... 8 bit? with something outrageous like 4 or 8kb or memory. I've got it out in the garage with the cassette player used for 'mass storage', since I couldn't afford the HD for the C-64.

In those days I was learning BASIC. Good times.
Too much is never enough



A couple of corrections :)
the 6502/6510 was 8 bit.
There wasn't a Hard drive made for the C-64/Vic 20, they used a floppy drive. However, there was a 5 or 7.5 meg HD offered for the Commodore PET computers.
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RE: Waaay off topic, vintage computer (companies) LONG, posted on August 15, 2012 at 17:33:11
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right you are! NO HD for c-64. Floppy only...and the cassette I have somewhere. You could ALSO build a plug in memory addition for the Vic-20. 24kb if I remember correctly? That would have made you unstoppable.

I couldn't remember the 'bit count' of the 6502 / 6510 CPUs. I DO remember somebody built a massivly parallel computer using a BUNCH of 6502s......Detail escape me.
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