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43) jim  Male
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Thursday, 30 July 2015 07:23 AM IP: Write a comment Send E-mail

Great site and youtube videos. Thanks for all the hard work!

Terry Send E-mail Monday, 25 January 2016 03:34 PM
Thanks for the support Jim
42) Daniel 
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Wednesday, 1 July 2015 04:44 AM Host: Write a comment

Great website!

On behalf of all vintage computing enthusiasts, thanks for sharing all your toys and knowledge with the rest of us geeks who still remember these old machines. Your videos and website have satisfied my thirst for nostalgia.

Keep up the good work! Your dedication to the cause does honour to the spirit of computing I remember as a youth.

Terry Send E-mail Monday, 25 January 2016 03:36 PM
Thanks Daniel. Glad you enjoy my articles and other ramblings smile
41) Andreas Kohlbach 
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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 11:27 AM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Hello Terry,

I recently discovered your web series. Nice. smile

I would like to note some things though. The volume is sometimes too low; you could speak little louder. Also that it would be nice to add some video clips of that time. Like ads or reports about the then new computer you are reviewing.

For the Sinclair QL you mentioned though it has multitasking. Correct, but it was also the first commercially available computer that had it, predating the Amiga by more than a year.

There is also a nice video I recommend from 1983 or so where a young Bill Gates talks about the MSX computers (did you ever make an episode of these?). And then a quite arrogant Clive Sinclair bitching about Gates and that Sinclair had the UK market on his grasp, with no chance Microsoft could get a larger share. Then he sais it gets even better, since the Sinclair QL was just around the corner. Well that didn't work. But nice witness of time. I could try to locate this video (runs about 20 minutes) if interested.

And for the Osborne. As far as I know they didn't go bust because others had similar devices but with larger screens. Rather than he announced the Executive too early, wasn't able to get it on the shelves, and people canceled Osborne 1 orders. It became to be known as the "Osborne Effect" <>

Terry Send E-mail Monday, 25 January 2016 03:42 PM
Thanks for those comments Andreas,

Yes, I'd be the first to admit the sound is bElow par on some of the videos. If I'd realised how popular they would be I would have paid more attention to it.

Yes, I have reviewed an MSX computer, the Spectravideo 728. Nice machine.

Re the Osborne effect. Yes there are lots of references to this. Not all agree to it's importance in the demise of the company though, with some people feeling that Osborne was in trouble anyway, simply being outclassed by Kaypro at the time.
40) Steven Stevenson 
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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 04:50 AM Host: Write a comment

Loved your Dick Smith System 80 pages. I had one back in the day, which I sadly fried after owning it a few months by using on a beanbag and blocking the ventilation holes. :( I didn't get a new 'puter until the Commodore Amiga came along, which was also impressive and affordable for its time, compared to the competition.

I'm a Microsoft-compatible man since the turn of the century, but old computers one owned have a special place in the geek heart - thanks for your voluminous efforts at keeping the memories going!

Terry Send E-mail Monday, 25 January 2016 03:44 PM
You're welcome Steven
39) niall 
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Tuesday, 23 June 2015 03:29 AM Host: Write a comment

What a fantastic site i have discovered.
Really fascinating and i always have had a love of retro computers etc..


Terry Tuesday, 23 June 2015 08:52 PM
You are welcome niall.
38) Brian  Male
Cape Town south Africa
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Tuesday, 23 June 2015 12:08 AM Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

I am looking for the following battery.

DS1230Y -120
9614H 078071

If any one could help it would be much appreciated
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 
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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
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