Just got a very rare Bit Corp Gamate. It works, but it is dirty scuffed up. Need to clean it and make it look nice again.
Succesfull “smoketest” of the Wang 700. More photo’s to follow after some cleaning. It may need some new caps, as i don’t think it’s completly stable yet.
Wang 700 Series Programmable Calculator from 1970. I just picked this marvelous piece of old tech up. It came complete with manuals and program libraries, as well as various flyers for other Wang Laboratories products and tapes with programs and data from the original owner (i bought it from the late owners son). It has 2 lines of 16 nixie tube as a display that show Y and X registers, a cassette drive and a weird clicky keyboard. I hope to get a Variac tommorow to power it up, the seller used a Variac to test it and it turned on.
I just back from a pick up trip (got a lovely little HP110 with diskdrive, printer and all sorts of extra’s). When the previous owner learned I was a collector he gave me a small box of random 30pin ram sims... and this thing. It’s a 3 byte (yeah, 3 times 8 bits) memory card from some ancient computer. I’m not sure from what system this module is, but it’s one of the best extra’s i’ve ever got with a pick up.
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My now complete collection for the Milton-Bradley Omni Entertainment System. They are: Variety Programned Cartridge, Vincent Price's Movie Trivia, Vincent Price's TV Trivia, Pat Summerall's Baseball Quiz, Pat Summeral's Football Quiz, Pat Summeral's Sports Quiz, Music Quiz, Words Words Words, For The Fun Of It!, Games Hosted By Big Bird and Other Sesame Street Friends, Re-Action Quiz, Jeopardy, and Password Plus. I have manuals for all except For The Fun Of It, Words Words Words, and Variety Programmed Game Cartridge. I have boxes for all except Variety Programmed Game Cartridge and For The Fun Of It.
So my Compaq Portable 486c had a really washed out and “striped” (for lack of a better word) screen. A forum on vintage IBM compatibles said the screen was gone and had to be replaced. An Apple Mac forum post on a powerbook laptopcomputer said the screen needed a recap (my experience with macs is that recaps are always needed and usualy the answer). So i tried it, the screen looks almost perfect now.
Just picked up a MB Vectrex with 9 additional games and 10 overlays. It needs some minor TLC but is in good working order.
Just fixed both of my Mac Portable 40mb scsi harddrives i own. I had to clean some rubber goo that prevented the heads from moving and lubricate the bearing on which the heads rotate. After that, both disks boot with no problem. It did make me a somewhat nervous working on a harddrive and i won’t recommend it on a drive that holds something important.
Just picked up this Wang WLT laptop from the mid 80’s. It was advertised as fully working and it does. Boots from a Winchester drive, which i’ve hears of but never had one. It has a build in thermal printer and an external 720k floppy drive. I got an additional power supply and a parts floppydrive and bunch of cables, printerparts and software. All in all, a really nice addition to the collection. Edit: Just noted a sticker from the Dutch airline company KLM, finding a herritage for machines is best part of collecting.