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#51 BassGuitari OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 8:45 PM

You have more computing power in your smartphone than NASA had

on the ground during the Apollo moon landing.  Scary huh?

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There's probably more computing power in your wristwatch than NASA had for the Apollo missions.



#52 JamesD OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 9:14 PM

You have more computing power in your smartphone than NASA had
on the ground during the Apollo moon landing.  Scary huh?
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Its been rumored that an original game boy had more computer power

If the information I read is correct (and some of it differs), the Apollo Guidance Computer was a bit convoluted and it wasn't blindingly fast (2Mhz clock with an effective time of 1MHz due to the design) but it was 16 bit and it supported floating point math from the look of the source code.
That's a bit of a simplification but I think you'll agree based on that alone that NASA had more computing power on the ground than the Gameboy.
The smart phone is another matter.

#53 GornThrifting OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 11:07 PM

Sexy!

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 11:24 PM

What is wrong with you people. There is only one sexy computer:

 

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not really ... guru meditation error... A 520 St is much sexier!! :)



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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 11:25 PM

I still think the Amiga 500 was the best looking machine. I remember being so awe struck at not only the games, but the computer itself. It will be mine again one day, oh yes, it will be mine!

not even close to a 1040ST



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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 11:41 PM

not even close to a 1040ST

 

I liked the Amiga 500 later, but the 1040ST was the leader of this form factor in the 16-bit generation, and STILL IS the sexiest beast of that form.   The Feb 1986 Byte magazine had a great cover, but was missing the centerfold!

 

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Posted Thu Mar 6, 2014 12:17 AM

There was another TRS-80 clone similar to this one, but for the life of me, and a protracted "senior moment",

I cannot remember it's name.

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 Does anyone else remember it?



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Posted Thu Mar 6, 2014 4:01 AM

There was another TRS-80 clone similar to this one, but for the life of me, and a protracted "senior moment",

I cannot remember it's name.

hardware_pictures_system%2080%20Mk1%20v2

 Does anyone else remember it?

The VideoGenie?  As far as I know the Dick Smith and the VG were one in the same, just rebranded.



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Posted Thu Mar 6, 2014 8:17 AM

There was another TRS-80 clone similar to this one, but for the life of me, and a protracted "senior moment",

I cannot remember it's name.

hardware_pictures_system%2080%20Mk1%20v2

 Does anyone else remember it?

Yes-It's the Video Genie, it came in two variations, the one in your picture and another one that had a numeric keypad instead of a data recorder, the colour scheme was carried forward to the Colour Genie.

I still actually own the same model that is in the picture and a Colour Genie.



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Posted Thu Mar 6, 2014 8:21 AM

 

genie_eg3008.jpgEACA%20Video%20Genie%20II.JPGFor reference purposes.



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Posted Thu Mar 6, 2014 8:32 AM

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Just can't bring myself to stick a picture of the original CoCo here, it truly is the Elephan Man of home computers. 



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Posted Thu Mar 6, 2014 4:47 PM

I made an attempt to summarize all the computers mentioned and pictured in this thread. I may has mislabeled some:
 
Acorn Atom, Electron, Archimedes A3010
Acorn BBC Micro, Master, Master Compact
Amiga 500, 1000
Amstrad CPC464, CPC664
Apple ][gs
Atari 400, 800, 600XL, 800XL, 1200XL, 1450XLD, 130XE
Atari 520ST, 1040ST, Mega STe, TT
Camputers Lynx
Coleco ADAM
Commodore PET, PET 200 (8032-SK), Plus/4, SX-64
Dick Smith System 80
Dragon 64
EACA EG3008 Genie II, Colour Genie
Grundy NewBrain
HAL 9000
Jupiter Ace
Link 480Z
Mattel Aquarius II
Memotech MTX-500
Morrow Pivot II
Nascom 3
Oric Atmos
PDP-1
SAM Coupé
Spectravideo SVI-318, SVI-328
Sega SC-3000H
Semitech Pied Piper
Sharp X68000
Sord M5
TI-99/4A silver
TRS-80 Model III/IV, CoCo 3
TX-0
Tatung Einstein, Einstein 256
TeleVideo TS-803
Thomson MO5
Timex Sinclair 1000
ZX-81, ZX Spectrum 48K, 128K, +2, +3, Sinclair QL
 
Rather interesting that nobody brought up the ZX-80 as many people find it much more asthetically interesting than the later Sinclair computers. Also it is rather clear that both the breadbox models VIC-20 and C64 as well as the redesigned C64C (and C128) don't pop up as "sexy" computer designs. Also just about no IBM PC or clone, also no Macintoshes on the list, nor any MSX computers apart from the Spectravideos that aren't MSX compatible anyway. Of course there are lot more unique models to list, but I don't see any point listing more models than the ones you like the best.


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Posted Thu Mar 6, 2014 6:02 PM

 

I made an attempt to summarize all the computers mentioned and pictured in this thread. I may has mislabeled some:
 
Acorn Atom, Electron, Archimedes A3010
Acorn BBC Micro, Master, Master Compact
Amiga 500, 1000
Amstrad CPC464, CPC664
Apple ][gs
Atari 400, 800, 600XL, 800XL, 1200XL, 1450XLD, 130XE
Atari 520ST, 1040ST, Mega STe, TT
Camputers Lynx
Coleco ADAM
Commodore PET, PET 200 (8032-SK), Plus/4, SX-64
Dick Smith System 80
Dragon 64
EACA EG3008 Genie II, Colour Genie
Grundy NewBrain
HAL 9000
Jupiter Ace
Link 480Z
Mattel Aquarius II
Memotech MTX-500
Morrow Pivot II
Nascom 3
Oric Atmos
PDP-1
SAM Coupé
Spectravideo SVI-318, SVI-328
Sega SC-3000H
Semitech Pied Piper
Sharp X68000
Sord M5
TI-99/4A silver
TRS-80 Model III/IV, CoCo 3
TX-0
Tatung Einstein, Einstein 256
TeleVideo TS-803
Thomson MO5
Timex Sinclair 1000
ZX-81, ZX Spectrum 48K, 128K, +2, +3, Sinclair QL
 
Rather interesting that nobody brought up the ZX-80 as many people find it much more asthetically interesting than the later Sinclair computers. Also it is rather clear that both the breadbox models VIC-20 and C64 as well as the redesigned C64C (and C128) don't pop up as "sexy" computer designs. Also just about no IBM PC or clone, also no Macintoshes on the list, nor any MSX computers apart from the Spectravideos that aren't MSX compatible anyway. Of course there are lot more unique models to list, but I don't see any point listing more models than the ones you like the best.

 

Valid point about the ZX80, I never bothered too much about the Commodore machines as I assumed everyone was sick to death of pictures of the C64 etc, I thought I had stuck up a picture of an MSX-I must have forgotten,(I was looking at the Sony HitBit). I just prefer going for some of the more obscure stuff.



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Posted Thu Mar 6, 2014 6:25 PM

For personal computers, I'd say the Sinclair 128.

http://retro-treasur...ectrum-128.html

 

http://www.retrogame...ames-collector/

 

I should really also mention the Sony MSX2:

http://www.msx.org/f...v-msx2-computer

 

 

 

And for massive computers, well... the Cray, of course!

http://www.theatlant...omputer/283071/


Edited by Nebulon, Thu Mar 6, 2014 6:27 PM.


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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014 12:20 AM

I was also thinking about the sony msx f1xd. Love the red floppy cover.

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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014 4:55 AM

For those of you who like your computers black and professional looking, how would you rate these two?

 

Franklin Ace 500, Apple ][ compatible: http://www.old-compu....asp?st=1&c=793

Sinclair PC-200, 8086 class: http://www.old-compu...r.asp?st=1&c=85



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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014 5:11 AM

130 XE is sooooo bootyliscious

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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014 5:24 AM

I think a 130XE in red, but with the offwhite keyboard might look nice. Think an Yashica YC-64, Sony HitBit-10 (red) or Matra Alice 90, but with the Atari shape.


Edited by carlsson, Fri Mar 7, 2014 5:29 AM.


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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014 5:52 AM

My vote goes to the Commodore VIC-20.  It's the most cosmetically appealing system ever when it's properly looked after. If you put up a few VIC-20 adverts on the wall and plug in an original 1311 joystick, it's the most beautiful thing in the world.

 

http://sleepingeleph...tle=Peripherals



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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014 1:39 PM

For those of you who like your computers black and professional looking, how would you rate these two?

 

Franklin Ace 500, Apple ][ compatible: http://www.old-compu....asp?st=1&c=793

Sinclair PC-200, 8086 class: http://www.old-compu...r.asp?st=1&c=85

Both look great.

 

The Ace 500 looks like its ready to kick some ass!  That's a mean looking machine  ;-)



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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014 1:51 PM

Also it is rather clear that both the breadbox models VIC-20 and C64 as well as the redesigned C64C (and C128) don't pop up as "sexy" computer designs. Also just about no IBM PC or clone, also no Macintoshes on the list, nor any MSX computers apart from the Spectravideos that aren't MSX compatible anyway. Of course there are lot more unique models to list, but I don't see any point listing more models than the ones you like the best.

 

Actually, I really do like the look of the C128 and C64C. I also really dig the look of the Atari 400, 1040ST, and the TT030. 

 

Damn! There sure are a lot of dead sexy computers out there. 



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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014 7:16 PM

I thought the Franklin Ace 1200 looked pretty nice.  The 1000 looked a little plain but the built in drive module really helped it's looks.
I'd never give it top marks for sexy but it's not bad.

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I posted a link to the previous "best looking computers" topic. There should be plenty in there to draw from.



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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014 7:28 PM

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Imsai.  



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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014 7:38 PM

The PDP-12. Just look at those green switches! :)
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Definitely sexier than the PDP-1:
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But I still like the PDP-11/20 the best of the old DEC systems.  Not all PDP-11's had this panel:
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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014 7:39 PM

In terms of 'sexiness' for a computer i'll go with the Atari XE - always thought it was designed by a woman with those big beautiful pastel buttons ;)

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