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37) Alan Richardson  Male
Warkworth (Auckland)
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Monday, 22 June 2015 10:47 PM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi Tezza,

Much nostalgia! I started off with a Sinclair ZX81, Commodore VIC20 and then a 64. Then an Acorn Electron plus a Memotech MTX at the same time.

The oldest machine I have curently is a Sinclair Z88 in working condition.

I'm currently looking for a power supply for my Olivetti JP 170 printer. I think it is not old enough to be a classic but like a lot of "modern" things it is old enough to not have any parts available. How best to contact anyone who might have one lying around?

I have a lot of 5.25" and 3.5" discs if you want them, plus a few 3" ones (was going to be the IBM standard but got superseded).

All the best, Alan

Terry Tuesday, 23 June 2015 08:54 PM
Thanks for those comments Alan,

36) Mark Hillary.  Male
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Monday, 15 June 2015 03:50 PM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Hello Terry,

Yes, I remember Sinclairs and Commodore 64's, etc. In York I flatted with a Computer/printer repairman, and we went to sales, fairs, etc, as well as building units, servicing, etc. Occasionally old units and material appear around here for recycling or just dumped. I have several units stored, but cannabalised for parts, so probably not operational. If I have spare time, I will see if I can get them going.

35) Bryan  Male
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Thursday, 21 May 2015 05:50 PM IP: Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi Tezza!

Just dropping you a note to say that I'm following your YouTube channel and thoroughly enjoying it. It has a beautiful sentimental aura to it, and I find it very informative.

Have you ever thought about running your own TV show? I could so imagine something like this on ABC.

Bozza from Tassie (29-year-old)
First computer: i386 PC (MS-DOS)

Terry Friday, 22 May 2015 03:19 PM
Thanks for the support Bozza. Glad you are enjoying the videos. I'll stick to YouTube I think smile
34) Ron Krenzel (Sir Questor)  Male
Fredericksburg, VA.
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Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:42 PM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Saw your Amiga history video, wow. Getting back into my Commodore days with both the C64 and Amigas. I do miss Worlds Chat...

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Friday, 24 April 2015 01:42 PM Host: Write a comment

Very nice and informative website about classic retro computers. great collection.
32) Marek  Male
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Monday, 13 April 2015 02:43 PM Host: Write a comment

I just found this web page, but I have been a fan of the YouTube channel for some time now. I enjoy it very much. I consider myself a casual collector of mostly Commodore related hardware and software as the C-64C was my first computer. I just started to catalog my collection and I want to publish it one day on a web site. Thank you for all the work you put into sharing your collection with the rest of us.
31) Gerry  Male
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Sunday, 22 March 2015 11:16 PM Host: Write a comment

I really enjoyed your YouTube videos. The computers are well presented and although I'm heavily into retro computing, I still learned new details about the machines. Now that I found your website after having watched your videos, I'm curious about the informations to be found here. Keep up the good work.

Terry Wednesday, 8 April 2015 11:18 AM
Thanks Gerry
30) Bean 
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Monday, 16 March 2015 02:52 AM Host: Write a comment

Hello from Newfoundland, Canada! I've really enjoyed the historical perspective and the gritty details that you've posted in your videos, just recently found the site here from one of them. I actually have a Tandy model 200 "clamshell" style laptop that I bought from a collector long ago that's in good shape as far as I can tell...if I get the chance I'll have to post some pictures and the like on the forums (not interested in selling it at this point, though if it'd help get more videos made I might donate it, I'm more interested in the technology than trying to scrape together a few dollars out of it :) ). Particularly interesting was all of the perspective on Sir Clive Sinclair, I couldn't help but laugh when the picture of him in the C5 popped up in one of the ZX-line videos...I think sometimes his ideas got the green light just on the amount of sheer enthusiasm and confidence he had in his ideas, even if the end result (like the Black Watch and its exploding batteries) was a bit zany.

Anyway keep up the good work!

Terry Wednesday, 8 April 2015 11:16 AM
Yes, Sir Clive. Gotta love him. LOL. Thanks for the comments.
29) Paul 
Phoenix, AZ
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Monday, 2 March 2015 02:58 AM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Do you have any resource for finding a floppy drive for a Model 70? I'm searching but not finding. Thanks for the great information!

Terry Tuesday, 3 March 2015 04:39 PM
I'm afraid those drives are not easy to come by.
28) Karen Mayo  Female
Tampa, FL
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Saturday, 17 January 2015 07:49 AM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

I just found your site and am struggling through setting up an emulator. I loved the TRS-80. We a had it as one of our first computers...after a Heathkit. My dad still has his systems and almost all of the disks, tapes, etc. We even have manuals. It is hard to explain when you say you were the only one in the neighborhood to have a computer. All the kids in the neighborhood would pile into our living room. Thank you for having this site.

Terry Tuesday, 27 January 2015 11:07 AM
You're welcome Karen!
27) Chris  Male
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Wednesday, 14 January 2015 02:09 PM Host: Write a comment

Hi there

Any chance of scanning/uploading the 1987 range this year?

That would be awesome!

Terry Friday, 16 January 2015 12:34 PM
Lots of things to do this year Chris, but it is on the list.

Chris Send E-mail Friday, 16 January 2015 03:22 PM
No worries - Thanks, keep up good work!
26) Joël  Male
San José, CA, USA
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Thursday, 8 January 2015 07:06 AM IP: Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi Tezza,

Over the last few months, I have read every single machine review regarding your collection and all the projects you have undertook over the years. You have revived my interest into old (classic now, but were new when I was a kid) computers and, as a consequence, I should be receiving today a TRS-80 Model 102 that I have purchased from eBay. Can't wait...

With all the different articles you have written, I know what to expect from ageing machines with regards to leaking batteries, exploding capacitors, old forgotten hacks done on circuit boards, getting software, ...

Looking forward to reading your next article or about your next computer find.


Terry Tuesday, 3 February 2015 09:16 PM
Hi Joel,

Thanks for leaving those kind words on the guestbook. Happy retrocomputing!
25) Phillip  Male
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Thursday, 8 January 2015 12:08 AM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

I believe I was the first person to actually buy a System 80 from Dick Smith, I actually made the purchase in May 1979 (well before the dates published on your website), however you are correct there were delays in production, and I did not receive the machine until something like Jan 1980.

However as no-one else had purchased one before, the manager of the the York St Sydney store of DSE gave me a job as he assumed I must have known a lot about the computer to buy one (which I didnt at the time), ended up getting given all the variations of the models and upgrades subsequent.

Interesting thing with the upgrades was they were modules where you had to basically cut the PCB tracks and install new components and boards which piggybacked the original board. I went through all the mods including the B/W to colour, by installing myself.

After 2-3 years Dick got in the Ferranti computer which was the IBM clone and the system 80 was phased out.

Cant say I miss the System 80, but it was cool to be the first kid in my school to have their own computer for a year or two, as first stock deliveries were very limited.

From memory only 20 computers per month arrived due to the quality control issues which did slow production for first 6 months.

Terry Tuesday, 3 February 2015 09:21 PM
Great recollections Phillip. Thanks for sharing them! Yes, you are not the only ex-DSE staff member that has mentioned quality control issues, especially with the early machines. Thanks for posting!
24) Peter H. Wendt  Male
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Saturday, 3 January 2015 12:53 PM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi !

Accidentially due to some friends notification I came across the page and found "Fixing a Flat Dallas DS1287 Real Time Clock Chip", which links down to an article I wrote half an eternity ago.
Didn't know that it spread *that* far ... smile

This topic is still going, particularly after DalSemi discontinued most of the original DS1287-family - and there are still a lot machines around using that sort of ... err ... crap.

Thanks for helping the people in keep their old gear going !

Peter from Germany

Terry Tuesday, 3 February 2015 09:24 PM
Peter, Thanks for dropping in and thank you for the original article! smile
23) Yuriy K.  Male
United States
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Friday, 19 December 2014 12:29 PM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Awesome website. Thank you very much for the detailed info. You saved my butt a few times this year alone.

Terry Tuesday, 3 February 2015 09:25 PM
You're welcome! Thanks for dropping by.
22) Selwyn Arrow  Male
New Zealand
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Thursday, 18 December 2014 02:27 PM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi Tez, long time no see!

I have just donated my entire Bits & Bytes collection, September 1982 to September 1998 (with the last 3 issues using the NZ Computer masthead) to TechVana computer museum here in Auckland, along with some hardware and books. Eventually I will donate my Exidy Sorcerer, after I have converted my tape collection to .mp3 so they can be loaded easily from a USB player.

I found that I was missing the following B&B copies if you know of anyone that may have them to donate:
September 1993, October 1993, February 1994, March 1994, April 1994, May 1994, June 1994, October 1994, August 1998

Also I do have some spare copies from the 90's if you are interested.

Regards, Selwyn Arrow

Terry Tuesday, 3 February 2015 09:30 PM
Hi Selwyn, Thanks for dropping by and sorry for the tardy response. Yes I must try to get to TechVana sometime.

The Sorcerer would be a great gift for them!

I don't have those copies unfortunately. I'll pass on the 90's ones. At some stage I want to get the scanner in action again, and scan the 1987 issues!
21) Mike 
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Monday, 8 December 2014 12:14 PM Host: Write a comment

Your website has proved invaluable in helping me restore my IBM PC 286, thanks a million! big grin

Terry Tuesday, 3 February 2015 09:34 PM
You're welcome Mike smile
20) stefano jodice  Male
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Monday, 24 November 2014 03:13 PM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Watched some of your YT videos (c64, atari800, mac...) and found them to be both entertaining and instructive. Too bad that ive got some problems getting all straight cause your pronounciation is quite new to me wink

Terry Monday, 24 November 2014 09:08 PM
LOL. That is the New Zealand accent you are hearing. Glad you're enjoying the videos!
19) Sparcie  Male
Newcastle - Australia
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Saturday, 15 November 2014 07:09 PM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

I've enjoyed watching your videos, I like the background you give and the look inside the old beasts.

I also quite like the articles you have about fixing the machines. I wouldn't mind seeing a video or two about that.

You've encouraged me (and I'm sure many others) to repair and collect old machines. I started blogging myself partly because of seeing videos such as yours about machines I had or wish I had.

keep up the good work!

Terry Monday, 24 November 2014 09:16 PM
Thanks Sparcie. I may well do a repair video one day.
18) Jacob Boatright 
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Monday, 6 October 2014 12:38 AM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

I really found your site interesting and it helped me diagnose and fix my computer collection. Thanks!
My collection has been expanding at a rate of about three micros a year and this site has helped me with fixing up the computers. Do wish that there was an entry on storing computers in the best way.

Terry Tuesday, 3 February 2015 09:32 PM
Thanks for dropping by Jacob and those supportive comments.

Yes, storage. It's always a problem. I don't think mine are in the ideal place (small room on top of a garage...can get very hot). I would be interested in such as article also. Sometimes there are not a lot of options though.
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