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My list, updated (again)

Terry Yager

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I've added the names of those machines that I have named.

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My collection has gone thru some major changes lately, so I thought I'd post an update.

My old stuff:

Kaypro 1 (1985) - still have
Kaypro II (1983) - have it
Kaypro 2 (1984) - still got
Kaypro 4 (1983) - yep
Kaypro 4/84 (1984)
Kaypro 10 (with SWP Co-Power 88 co-processor board to run MSDos) (1983) - always will "LeatherFace"
Kaypro 10 (1983) - factory stock
Kaypro 10 (1983) - cannibalized for parts

California Computer Systems S-100 mainframe (with dual CCS 8" floppy) (1981) - sold it
Homebrew S-100 built into a toolbox (1977) - mine still "Kennedy"
Assorted S-100 boards including SD Systems SBC-200 (1983) - sold

Tandy 102 (1988) - sold it

Hewlett Packard 75C (1984) - ditto

Texas Instruments CC-40 (1983) - swapped it

Nixdorf LK-3000 (1980) - same swap deal

Compaq Portable 286 (1985) - still got

Visual Technology Commuter Computer (1984) - no market for it

IBM ThinkPad 770E (1998) - gave it to my daughter

Unified Controls Inc. portable 386DX-40 (with built-in VGA CRT) (1989) - still got it

Recently Added:

IBM ThinkPad 770X (1999) "ToiletPaper"
IBM ThinkPad #2620 (?) - Sold it
IBM ThinkPad 360PE #2620 - picked up another one
IBM ThinkPad 730TE (1996)
IBM ThinkPad 365X (1997) - sold

TRS-80 Model 100 (1982)
TRS-80 Model 4P (1985)
Tandy 1400HD (1987)
Tandy 1500HD
Tandy 2810HD (1990)

Columbia Data Products MPC-1600-VP (luggable) (1984)

Macintosh PowerBook 170 (1994)
Macintosh PPC 7200-90 (1996)

Epson HX-20 (notebook) (1981) "Moses"
Epson PX-8 (laptop) (1983) "Noni"

Zenith Z-Note Flex (1994) "Zeke"
Zenith SuperSport SX (1990)
Zenith Z-Lite (1994)

Laser PC-5 (1995)

Psion Organiser II (1992)

Cambridge Computers Z-88 (1987) "Pandora"

Poqet PC (Prime) (1989) "Spock"

Lap-Note OpenNote 180 (5x86 @ 100MHz) (1994) - Donated

Ampro LittleBoard 186 (80186-based SBC) (1986)

Austin Laptop '486/100MHz (1994) - Donated

Compaq C140 (WinCE PalmTop) (1996) "Schnyder"
Compaq Concerto (convertible) (1995)
Toshiba T200CS/80 (1994) "Agnes"

Fujitsu Point 510 (Tablet) (1997) - sold

GRiD PalmPad 2360 (First wearable computer) (1993)
GRiD GRiDPad 1900 (First tablet PC) (1991)
GRiD GRiDPad 1910 (1991)

Convergent Technologies WorkSlate (1986)

Amstrad NC-100 (1989) "Sugar"

NEC Starlet PC-8401A-LS (1984)

BondWell Model 2 (CP/M laptop) (1985)

Zeos Meridian 400 (100MHz sub) (1995)

Itroxix/FieldCentrix T-5200 (ruggedized hand-held) (2000) "Abba-Dabba"

Ambra 486 sub-note (1994)

That pretty much covers recent additions & subtractions. If any questions, feel free to ask.

--T

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Edited again:
Just wanted to bring this list up to date with a few recent aquisitions. Lately, my collecting seems to have narrowed down to a few niche-type portables. Mostly, Ive been grabbing up palm-tops, hand-helds, sub-notebooks, pen-enabled (tablet) machines, and ruggedized portables. I guess the ultimate one is the ruggedized, pen-based, handheld, like the Itronix 5200. Other recent additions include:

Itronix T-5000 (rugged, handheld, DOS 5 in ROM) - (1996)
Itronix XC-6000 (ruggedized touch screen '486/50) - (1997)
Itronix XC-6250 (same ruggedized chassis as the 6000, but in a Pentium 133MHz package) - (1999)

Zeos Pocket PC (sort of a Poqet clone, DOS 5 & MS Works in ROM) (1993)

Intermec/Norand Pen*Key 6620 (ruggedized, touch screen, AMD 5x86/133-based) (1999)

Gateway 2000 Handbook 4/25 (1993)

Epson EHT-400C (small, lightweight tablet, '486/50MHz) (1996) "Sonny"

Hitachi HPW-600ETM (WinCE-based tablet) (2000)

IBM ThinkPad 600 (1998)

Fujitsu 325 Point ('386-based tablet) (1992)

Ampro LittleBoard PC (NEC V-40 based, runs CP/M-80 natively) (1988)

NTS DreamWriter (weird, WinCE machine) (1999)

RealVoice for the Epson HX-20

Baby Heather (computerized doll) (1991)

Citadel (ruggedized, IR-based touch screen) (1998)

Zenith SuperSport (8088) (1987)

That covers recent additions, as best as I recall. None of the new machines have names yet, except for Heather, who came with one of her own, and Sonny (Son of Ep), the Epson tablet.

--T
 

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Dude,

Your naming the computers reminded me of the old Jerry Pournelle columns in Byte magazine (I believe). He was always adding a new machine and giving them names.

Curtis
 

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Yes, yes, you're right, it was Byte. Forgot all about him. I seriously envied him the machines he wrote about. He also wrote science fiction.
I tend to name my PC's, but it's usally stuff like 'Tardis', 'Ulyses', 'Vill''.
I certainly don't have the balls to post the names in a post.

The tradition started (with me) when network admins started to impose names like GH8_11PC l GH8_11SR, and such. Boo

Terry, just out of curiosity, what's the diff between a Kaypro 4 and a 4/84 ?

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Terry Yager

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pat,

The 4/84 has a little round "(84)" sticker attached to it, right next to the Kaypro 4 logo.
Seriously tho, the '83 models, badged Kaypro IV, then later, Kaypro 4, were equipped with full-height DSDD drives. The later ones switched to half-height drives. There are also several different bootROM revisions as well as a completely different mainboard. The '84 board has two RS-232C ports instead of just one, and a 300-baud modem. BTW, not all of the '84s have the sticker.

--T
 

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My feeling about naming your computers is that it's like naming your tropical fish...
It doesn't matter because they won't come when you call them. :)
 

Terry Yager

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ahm said:
My feeling about naming your computers is that it's like naming your tropical fish...
It doesn't matter because they won't come when you call them. :)

I name my dogs too, but they don't come either, unless they think you have something for them.

--T
 

Terry Yager

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pat,

Just kicked-up an even more interesting version of the K-4 on eBay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5188295321&fromMakeTrack=true

This auction is for a 4 plus88, which is a stock 4 equipped (factory) with an SWP Co-Power 88 co-processor board. SWP originally sold these boards as third-party equipment, but Kaypro made a deal with them, to include them in the 4 plus88 and the 2 plus88 models, sometime in '84, IIRC. The plus88 models are kinda rare, but can still be picked up rather cheaply. They run version 1.25 of MSDOS, but they can be used as a RAMdisk under CP/M.
One of my K-10s has the after-market version, and it runs either v. 1.25, or 2.11 of the DOS. (The boards made for Kaypro are labeled "Kaypro", but mine is badged as SWP).

--T
 

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Tropical fish have the downside that they often look the same, so it is hard to tell which is which within a shoal. Maybe this applies to computers too if you have several of the same model, but they are easier to glue a label to.
 

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Damn, Terry, for someone who got rid of most of his collection, you still have a Sh-L of boxes. You give me an excuse for not being stern with myself. All I've exhuded so far is a Commodore 386 LT without a power adapter and some paper stuff I should have sold years ago. At this rate I'll be dead before I even get near my "keepers"

I notice that you have a large number of KayPros. I only have a II and a 2X, and while they are the coolest looking machines, they will be among the next to go along with the Osborne 1. My "luggable" keeper is a Zenith MSDOS box with 2 pop-up floppies, a great "monitor" system, and a backboard structure that only supplies a bus and power. I can get my CPM fix with my DEC Rainbow or TRS-80 m.II. I'll likely sell that too (M-II) as well as the 3 5meg HDDs.

But like you I find myself gravitating to smaller boxes like my Dauphin DTR-1 or Sharp PC3000. The ultimate scoop would be an Atari ST book. The Thinkpad with the foldup screen would also be desirable. I just missed one on E-Pay recently when it went for $80. About $40 more than I was prepared to pay. So I guess I'm not really getting out of computer collecting, I'm just refining my tastes in computers. Oh well. Just wish I had this change before I moved all these larger boxens out here to the boondocks. I would have save a lot of transport costs. A half-assed computer museum in the middle of the Canadian prairies might be a quirky idea, but how many geeks go fishing in the great Canadian North.
:^}

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Well, I only have somewhere between 50 - 100 machines right now. I used to keep from 150 - 200 machines. The good thing is that most of the ones I have now are small, so the whole collection don't take up much space. Most of the laptops live on the shelves of an old bookcase, in fact. I just did a quick count, and it seems I've picked up about 16 machines in the past six weeks, so it's time to thin the herd again. I'm planning to visit my friend this weekend to do some bartering mebbe.

Do you need anything for your Model II? I have software, manuals, accessories, expansion boards, keyboards, other hardware, etc. Everything except the whole machines (they didn't survive the last move).

--T
 

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Had a mini swap meet with my friend yesterday, so now I need to update my latest update. I traded him five assorted touch-screen laptops for a Dimension 68000, a Kaypro 16 (basket case), and a PMC MicroMate. No longer in my collection are:
Intermec/Norand
Itronix XC-6000
IBM 730TE
Citadel Touchscreen
Epson EHT 400C (spare machine, still have one)

--T
 
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