Category Archives: Vintage computer

January 1981: “ZX80 interface micro user”, a vintage computer magazine

For me, it all began with the Sinclair ZX80 I received as a Xmas gift (1981). I recently purchased this magazine from 1981 (January), it was one of the very few Sinclair-related magazines back then; sometimes you may find similar … Continue reading

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ZX SpecPhone: an iPhone app enabling ZX Spectrum dialing

A quite simple iOS app enabling phone dialing the ZX Spectrum way by spanish programmer Raul Flores. Pretty old, but it seems still working! Available for free on iTunes for all Sinclair ZX-Spectrum fans!

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Hard Disk price from 1956 to 2016

I recently came across a very interesting page in which John C. McCallum has collected a huge number of hard disk unit specs along with introduction year and price. Beginning from 1956, with the 24″ IBM sporting a hefty 3.75 … Continue reading

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“Computer chess”: a 2013 nerd movie about vintage computing – and more…

I recently watched a 2013-movie: Computer Chess. To my real shame, I missed it when it was released, some 3 years ago. It’s very compelling and well-made – and funny too; written and directed by Andrew Bujalski the movie it’s … Continue reading

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A well-done Steve Jobs animated biography (and some IT history too)

“Oh no, yet another Steve Jobs movie?” Not exactly… It’s an animated multi-timeline Steve Jobs‘ biography, featuring all relevant IT people from 1955 to 2011, along with main IT events and computer/technology introduction events. It’s so well done (IMHO) that … Continue reading

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How to play vintage MS-DOS games embedded into tweets!

What about a nice ol’ MS-DOS game? The awesome Archive.org vintage gaming library plus Twitter comes in quite handy! Embedding DOSBox-based, old school MS-DOS games has never been so easy: create a new tweet and copy the link to your … Continue reading

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Halloween? Creepy backup software ads from the past!

Data back-up as a nightmare? Ok, just for Halloween let’s take a look at these creepy magazine ads for a couple of (ancient) backup software back from the very early 80s: Ecosoft’s Archivist for CP/M-based computers and Locksmith 5.0 for … Continue reading

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What do “The edge of tomorrow” and Wargames movies have in common?

The edge of tomorrow is a pretty cool movie: the plot and the script shows some really nice ideas about time warping, looping and so on. As a movie fan, though, I spotted something very funny. In the opening scene, … Continue reading

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Sinclair ZX81 plus Raspberry Pi and Arduino retrofitting project

Well, this project really deserves our attention! Blogger Smittytone recently published part I of his “Sinclair ZX81 reviving“ project using a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino. In a nutshell: the Raspberry Pi works as the ZX81 brains and Arduino does … Continue reading

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