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Old 19 July 2009, 02:55   #1
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My "Command Centre"

Now that I have a digital camera, I can show my "Command Centre". Unfortunately, I don't have a wide-angle or fish-eye lens, so I have to show it in pieces.
Here is 1/4 of it - "green screen 8-bit lane":


Anybody want to see more?

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Old 19 July 2009, 02:59   #2
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What do you think? This is the Retrogaming General Discussion area, after all!
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Old 19 July 2009, 03:03   #3
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Old 19 July 2009, 03:37   #4
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Here's part 2 - "The Ultimate 8-bits": 800XL - the best 8-bit Atari (in my opinion anyway), C128 - the best 8-bit Commodore (not counting the C65, of course) and Colour Computer 3 - the best CoCo (which isn't really saying much)... and an A4000 I'm working on (not an 8-bit, but I needed desk space). The desk, by the way, was made by Commodore and has the Commodore logo on it.



(I'm getting to the Amigas next... just be patient.)
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Nearly four hours and no update?! Tsk tsk!

<taps watch>

C'mon*!

Buh, I'm not wearing a watch! What the...?!

Back on your planet (Earth, right?), thanks for sharing. It's always good to see even images of old hardware again and I'm every time pleased when anyone takes the time to share. They look like some fine examples of each unit too. Ah bless you, 128 - I knew thee well.

Perhaps you can add model names to all of the images, mr_a500? I'd imagine that not everyone will know everything in your collection and it'll give the shots a bit of meaning, perhaps even cause people to further look into each system. All good stuff, anyway.



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Nice pix man! Keep it up.
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Old 19 July 2009, 11:46   #7
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what kind of apple mac is that in the top pic?

Nice gear anywho chap
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Old 19 July 2009, 13:52   #8
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what kind of apple mac is that in the top pic?
If I'm not mistaken its Apple IIc.

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Great stuff, but we want to see all off it, more pics pretty please
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Looking good mr_a500, like someone turned back time...
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Old 19 July 2009, 16:07   #10
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Perhaps you can add model names to all of the images, mr_a500? I'd imagine that not everyone will know everything in your collection and it'll give the shots a bit of meaning, perhaps even cause people to further look into each system.
I assumed everybody would know all these computers. (...I mean, who wouldn't? ) But I'll describe them: first picture from top left - Commodore Vic 20 sitting on Atari 1200XL on top of a Kaypro II (a CP/M portable... try putting that thing on your lap). It's beside a Kaypro "New 2" (not to be confused with a 2X or a "New II"... love that Kaypro naming) which has an Apple IIc on it. On the floor is a TRS-80 Model III with a TI-99/4A on it.

The Vic 20, 1200XL and TI-99/4A aren't hooked up because I've got another TI-99/4A downstairs hooked up to my TV and an 800XL hooked up as seen in the second picture. I don't have the monitor adapter for the Vic 20. The rest are hooked up and ready to go.

The Kaypros have thick metal cases and keyboards. They're the computers I'd want in front of me if I was under heavy machine-gun fire. They have crisp green-screens with persistent phosphors (after erasing characters, you still see the glow for a second) and the keys give a satisfying little beep when pressed.

I've got a text-based Pac Man for it (anybody ever play text-based Pac Man? ...not exactly fun) and there's a text-based Lode Runner-like game called Ladder which was interesting enough for me to get the Amiga version.

(Amiga picture coming... I've just got to move the NeXTstation out of the way)
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If I'm not mistaken its Apple IIc.

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Great stuff, but we want to see all off it, more pics pretty please
ta I love the design they use on the apple iic.

Although I hate apples immensly I'd just rip the insides out and put A600 in there
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I need to reorganise my NeXT/Mac area before I can take the Amiga picture, so meanwhile here is the relatively boring part 3: "Portable PC Corner". These things were free and they're from the 80's so I decided to keep them. The IBM 5155 is the first IBM portable "PC" (but not first portable IBM - which was non-PC... if you know what I mean). It has a very nice clicky keyboard (but badly arranged keys) and amber screen. Like the original PC, there's no hard drive.

The Compaq Portable III is one of the first with a plasma screen (sickly orange). It also has 5 1/4" drive and a (non-IDE) harddrive with Windows 3.0. I used 3.0 Hyperterminal on it to connect to Win XP on a modern PC and copied disk images for the Kaypro to write on the 5 1/4" drive. (unfortunately Kaypro couldn't read it - Compaq drive uses wrong density/speed)

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That's a rather large BeOS Bible!
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ta I love the design they use on the apple iic.

Although I hate apples immensly I'd just rip the insides out and put A600 in there
The keyboard sucks hard - it jams and it's ugly too. What I'm most impressed with though is the built in 5 1/4" drive. If it just had a better keyboard - like the TI-99/4A, it would be awesome... but yeah, unfortunately still an Apple.

Edit: Speaking of keyboards, all the keyboards in that shot (except the Apple of course) have great keyboards. They all have sculpted keys made of thick plastic. I love the feel of the Model III and my older TI-99/4A. (slightly newer TI-99/4A feels cheaper - damn cost cutting!) I was surprised about the Vic 20 keyboard. It has the best feel of any Commodore.

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I also noticed that you have a lot of portable computers, but no SX64!
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That's a rather large BeOS Bible!
It is a Bible, after all.

(...oh thank you Lord, for this wondrous operating system. I shall sacrifice my Windows partition for it and praise thee.)
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(...oh thank you Lord, for this wondrous operating system. I shall sacrifice my Windows partition for it and praise thee.)
Thou shall haz only one god above you!
And a goddess under you...
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Here is part 4 (of 6) - "Amigazone" :A3000, 2Mb chip,16Mb fast RAM (otherwise stock 16Mhz); A1000 with 1Mb, external floppy and matching 1080 monitor; A500 with Viper 520 (33Mhz 020/68882, 8Mb fast RAM, 3.0 ROMs), 2Mb chip, ECS Denise, 40Gb 2.5" IDE, CF, DCTV, etc. As you can see on the 1080, the A500 is viewing this very EAB page. (...but I dialed an unreliable free dialup in California, which disconnected me moments before taking the picture... see the modem lights below the desk)

The speakers are connected to the A500 (to hear Amiga music in full glory), positioned for maximum stereo effect. The speaker on the left is balanced on top of an Atari cartridge of possibly the worst game in history: ET Phone Home. The one on the right is sitting on a bottle of XO cognac.

The picture is a bit dark, but the sun was too bright. (My camera batteries just died or I'd take another.) Tomorrow... part 5: NeXT & "Stackintosh".

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Here's part 5: "Apples & NeXT"

Mac SE in the corner running OS 6: (the black monolith is my "new" IBM server running BeOS and there's an awesome clicky 1984 IBM AT keyboard... more of that in part 6)


My latest acquisition - a free loaded Apple II Plus with floppy drive & joystick, internal modem, 80-column, lowercase text (wow...that's an addon??) with matching ugly Zenith monochrome; and a Mac Classic II (last of the B&W Macs) running OS 7.5.5. (...my A500 emulates 8.1, by the way)


Here's the NeXTstation, once proudly displayed, now "hiding in shame" under the Commodore desk. The harddrive died exactly one day after I managed to reset the login password and actually use it. Also under the desk "in shame" is a badly yellowed A4000 keyboard.


Edit: Before I rearranged things, I didn't have enough space so I stacked one Mac on top of the other... which I called my "Stackintosh". Thankfully, with my new arrangement, I no longer have to stack. (...which reminds me of a Monty Python sketch about "The Society for Putting Things on Top of Other Things")

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Wow it must have taken you ages to come up with such a collection!
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