Some pages dedicated to the machines of yesteryear. I own all of these, and they all still run.


Atari ST/STE

Dolch L-PAC 486

The Dolch L-PAC 486 was part of a series of ‘Luggable’ computers produced by the company. There is not a great deal that can be said about this machine, it was simply an IBM PC clone, that you could carry around. This particular machine can be seen running Windows 3.11, though it may be possible […]

Epson HX20

Announced initally in 1981, though not generally available until 1983, the HX20 is considered to be the first laptop/notebook/handheld computer. Distinguised by its built in micro cassette drive and printer, the HX20 was at the time a marvel of computing, boasting a ‘proper’keyboard, and with multiple interfaces such as RS232, and the ability to add […]

Sinclair Spectrum 128k +2

Known internally at Sinclair as the ZX82, the machine ultimately became known as the Spectrum to denote it’s colour display, over the monochrome display of its predecessor, the ZX81. Launched in 1982, the machine was available in various different models up until 1992, and ultimately sold around 5 million units. Over the lifetime of the […]

Sinclair QL

Released in 1984. the QL (Quantum Leap), was one of a number of machines that at the time were using Motorola’s 68000 CPU, or in the case of the QL, the 68008. It was the first commercial machine to be released with a 68k CPU. Unfortunately, the QL was rushed into prouction, and was beset […]

Casio FX702P

Not a great deal that can be said about this little machine, produced between 1981 and 1984, which was essentially a glorified pocket calculator with the ability to run BASIC programs. Programs could be saved to cassette, and there was also a spark type printer available, not too dissimlar in operation from the Sinclair ZX […]

Oric Atmos

The Oric Atmos was a contemporary of the Sinclair Spectrum, and was the direct follow up to the Oric-1. Released in 1983 by Tangerine Computer Systems, the Oric 1 sold reasonably well, though not as successful as the Spectrum, and this was enough to allow the development of the start of the development of the […]

ICL One Per Desk

The ICL One Per Desk (OPD) was released in 1984, and was the result of a collaborative project between ICL, Sinclair Research and BT. Based on the Sinclair QL, the OPD was quite different and used a different firmware to the QL, and did without the 8049 peripheral controller of the QL. The OPD however, […]

Amstrad ALT 386SX

The Amstrad ALT-386SX from 1988 is a laptop computer based on the Intel 80386SX, based on a 16Mhz 386 SX CPU, so no maths coprocessor was present. It had a sibling, the ALT 286, which unsurpringly had a 286 processor, and the two PCs where visually mostly identical. One stand out feature was the offset […]

Mac Classic

The Macintosh Classic is a personal computer manufactured by Apple, originally introduced in October 1990. It was the first time a Macintosh was sold for less than $1,000 in the US, and it’s introduction was largely based on the success of the Macintosh Plus and the Macintosh SE. The system specifications of the Classic were […]


The SNES, or “Super Nintendo Entertainment System” was the follow up to the highly successful NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) which intorduced us to Mario. Released first in 1990 in Japan, it soon found it’s way around the world, and despite strong competition from the Sega Megadrive/Genesis, it soon went on to become the best selling […]


The Commodore 64 is an 8-bit home computer released in mid 1982, and the third system from Commodore International. The starting price was $595. The computer was named because of its 64 kb of RAM, which was superior to most mainstream personal computers at the time, aside from it’s main rival, the Atari 800XL. Although […]

Atari 800XL

Atari first released the 2600 in 1977, with the mindset that it would have a lifespan of around 3 years. By 1979, they had conceived and announced the replacement in the form of the 400, a lower end machine with 4KB RAM and a membrane keyboard, nicknamed ‘Candy’ internally that had a single ROM cartridge […]