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Sat Jun 26 11:40:16 EST 2004
>I like what they are doing and I've exchanged emails with some of their
>leading lights in the early days, but such an inefficient page will lose
>them most dialup visitors. It tested my patience on ADSL.
Yep, ditto. I didn't wait for the graphics to load up. Maybe the
"antiquated" computers are a clue to the new world. Perhaps these guys
aren't with the HTML coding :) Given 'em a 16 switches in a row and I'll
bet they make some code!
>But I was mainly asking whether this is an [Australian Computer] Museum or an
>Australian [Computer Museum]. It seems to be the latter and it's not
>surprising that most of the storage pressure would be caused by those PDPs
>(I tended an 11/34 once).
The reality is that there aren't too many Australian developed and
manufactured computers. Not only did the government screw Australia over
with R&D in this area as well, but it was never sustainable due to Unions,
even though there was no IT union at the time.
> > >Bugger you've now made me wonder where I've stored my quirky
> > >hobbyist AMSTRAD with inbuilt modem.
><pretend 80s snob mode>
>An Amstrad! What were they ever good for?! Now, a Microbee was a *real*
></pretend 80s snob mode>
Hey, try and Ohio Scientific Challenger 1P!
>Lemons I owned included an Atari 400 with a membrane keyboard and a
I've got half a dozen Amiga 500's now collected from Council clean ups
:) I've got ESC4500's, Mica 8088's and a pile of other stuff!
>I also remember keying in a Lunar Lander program painfully in an HP
>calculator. I think it was exciting at the time. :-)
I did that on the Tandy Pocket Computer :) But it had BASIC :)
> > >What was the competition for portables at around 1988?
> > There were portables around back then?
> > Kidding! I had a Toshiba at one stage and I've got a few mid
> > 80's Laptops, if you dare to call them that! One is a
> > "dedicated" word processor compatible with word :)
>IBM donated/loaned to my user group one of the "sewing machine" versions
>of the original IBM PC and I used it as a BBS for article submissions.
We built a 4 bit ticket BBS that used a photocell to determine the time of
>Lo and behold, in the early 1990s, they realised it was valuable and took
>it back! Our office has an original, working IBM PC in a display cabinet,
>donated by a member.
I've got a few original IBM PC's in good condition. XT's with 128K of RAM
:) And original full height 5.25" floppy drives :)
I also have 8" floppy drives, a dual "slim line" 8" floppy sub system (slim
line in those days was about 4 inches per drive in height!"
>Speaking of old computers:
>Posted on Tue, Jun. 22, 2004
>Computer pioneer Goldstine dies at 90
>BY GAYLE RONAN SIMS
>Knight Ridder Newspapers
>(KRT) - Herman Heine Goldstine, 90, the scientist who persuaded the U.S.
>military to back the development of the first computer, ENIAC, died
>Wednesday of Parkinson's disease at home in Bryn Mawr.
Now that's as sad as the passing of Jon Postel (keeper of the keys to the
Internet) some years ago.
I guess we've got to realise that people aren't forever, unlike the
technology we create.
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