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.
Spotted at an antique mall a few months ago. Jumping Jack pinball machine from 1973. Not a pinball machine collector, but it looks cool.
A new addition to the collection and a new project. An Apricot FP portable. It has some diskdrive problems, as it just wrecked one of my backup MS DOS 3.30 floppies. It came with a case and technical manual, but sadly no disks. And i think i read somewhere the F series disk format is ever so slightly incompatable with standard IBM 3,5 inch floppies. Ah well, challenge accepted i guess
🤯 The Mac Portable just booted from a harddrive, not sure what’s on it... this machine has been such a headache to get going. (It pretty much died again after i got it to boot from floppy last week orso). I’m not sure it’s really stable yet. But this is something.
She Booted!! Which means i have a functioning Mac Portable. This is from floppy, not the harddrive. But, i can’t believe it’s working. A happy mac There are some weird shrieks coming from the speaker, and this screen has a line in it. So some work still to do.
Another Mac Portable joins my collection. And, as with all “affordable” Mac Portables, it also doesn’t work. But according to the sellers pictures this one at least goes into a “sad mac error” state when turned on. And it has upgrades! A modem, ram expansion and screen backlight (which was not standard on this machine). I hope i can get this one going, even broken ones are quite expensive.
Complete (U.S.) Exactra line of calculators by Texas Instruments. All of these were released in 1974. The handhelds were intended as a low-budget line. The Exactra 19 in particular was specifically designed based on requests from the University of Ohio for a cheap calculator, so these may have all been targeted at college students. The desktop unit is the odd one out. However, it sold for $49.88 in 1974, which was only slightly more than the cost of the Exactra 20, which was $39.88. The Exactra 19 cut costs aggressively by design, and only cost $16.30. I haven't seen prices for the 21, 22, and 23. It seems strange to me that Texas Instruments hid the company name on the back and referred to them as "Exactra" rather than "TI". The Exactra 19 and Exactra 20 apparently got a European release as the TI-1900 and TI-2000. However, these are quite rare. The TI-1900 is so rare that I have never even seen a photo, and I have not seen a TI-2000 for sale yet. Maybe this line will have a family reunion some day.
I just upgraded my retro setup with a 19” Dell Trinitron monitor. But man, are those things big and heavy, it barely fits on my desk.
LJN VideoArt complete collection. Here are all nine games released for this system.The games were in clear clamshell packaging with the manual cover serving as the front box art and the manual back serving as the back box art. All you got was the cartridge, the manual, and maybe a flier advertising the games. Thus, all of my games are CIB except "My Favorite Doll", which is loose. The generic "Activity Cartridge" was bundled with the console, and I don't believe it had a manual or was ever sold separately. Now, does anyone know where I go to redeem my "VideoArt Proof of Purchase Points", or remember what they could even be redeemed for?
After a year and a half of tinkering, searching and probing around i’ve finaly jury rigged my Mac portable into showing a sad mac code with matching sad chime. This means that most of system should be working, but the power management isn’t driving them. So, maybe... who knows, it might actualy boot someday...
A moment of late 70s/early 80s weirdness from Mego. These cartridges are both called "General Information", have the same label, and are copyrighted 1978. Thus, they should have the same content, correct? Nope. In 1978, Mego released "General Information", as the first cartridge for their 2-XL robot. Then, in 1981, they recorded a second version of the same cartridge (not to be confused with "General Information II" and "General Information III", which were different programs with different labels) with major content changes. It now contains two programs instead of one, an interview with Benjamin Franklin, and 2-XL's theme song. The second version is rarer, as it was released the same year that 2-XL was discontinued. However, for whatever reason, Mego never changed the label or copyright date. The only way to know is to listen to the content. As far as I know, the slightly different blue color and the lower placement of the label are down to quality control or sun exposure, and they are irrelevant to the contents.
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