1980s Vintage Computers
My main interest in old computers are old business microcomputers particular the Hewlett-Packard HP-85 and the IBM PC family.
Please follow the links on the left to enter the main sections.
18/2/13 - Added NEC PC-8001 page
1/12/12 - Added another chapter to Son of Hexadecimal Kid
21/11/12 - Added Microwriter MW4 page
12/1/12 - Added Comp PSI 80 page
29/6/11 - Added Larr's Ghost from Practical Computing, November 1980
5/11/08 - Added List of Machines in collection.
5/10/08 - Added Acorn BBC Computer pages
27/5/07 - Added Wireless World magazine.
17/1/07 - Added more Practical Computing magazine covers.
1/6/06 - Added Transam Tuscan page
23/5/06 - Updated HP-85 pages with Forth ROM info
16/4/06 - Added AES Superplus pages.
22/6/05 - Added Transam Triton review to Practical Computing section.
16/5/05 - Added HP-85 for sale page.
15/5/05 - Added CP/M Computers page.
23/3/05 - Minor updates to HP-85 pages.
22/4/04 - Added HP-85 Standard and Math Pacs, HP-87 Demo disk, Action Games and UCSD p-system disks to HP-85/87 software.
I would like to find more program listings for the Hewlett-Packard HP-85, which is an unusual 'all-in-one' machine that was a favorite of engineers such as myself.
I have the obligatory BBC B, BBC B+ 128k, Master line-up. I also have the Z80 and 6502 additional processors, the Teletext adapter, and hope to run CP/M on a BBC B/Z80 set-up.
I have a few CP/M systems eg Pericom S-100 with twin 8" floppies, Transam Tuscan, Osbourne 1 portable, Merlin 2100 (a rebadged ICL DRS20), Cromemco Z2-D, Zenith Z-120 and NorthStar Advantage. Recently obtained a Research Machines 380Z and 480Z.
Portable systems are also of interest, I have a range going from the HP-110, Husky Hunter 2, Epson PX-4+ through to some DOS based Toshiba machines (from the early 1990s).
I have a few stand-alone systems too which don't really fit into the 'business machines' category, but are representative of the period. These include:
Sharp MZ-80K (built in screen and tape drive)
Lastly I have some microprocessor development type boards, in particular a Sinclair MK-14 and a Motorola MEK6800-D2.
I hope to add some info on other machines that I had an interest in:
UK101 (now sold)
Apart from Practical Computing, I also have a set of 'Computer User Magazine' from the 1980s, which was aimed at home users but ran some interesting articles & interviews, and featured a detailed look (in colour) at a different machine each month.
I will update my links to other favourite computer collections on the web, but I would recommend starting with the following Google indexes:
Please enter a keyword, or have a look at a map of the whole site.
Matthew Saxby, who got me started with BBC Bs and an IBM AT; Graham Vine, for a wide range of machines and manuals; Bob Hahm, Oliver Williams, Gil Smith, Vassilis Prevelakis, Everett Kaser and many more HP collectors for their support and encouragement; Jon Jennings, Jon Shaw for donations; plus many more of you out there who have given advice in response to usenet and e-mail pleas for help.
I am John Shadbolt and live in the UK, anything more and you will need to know me better first!
Digidome (sadly no more, this is link to the Internet Archive. I particularly like the use of plants in most of the photos)
This page was last revised on: 23/02/13