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Ready to play with computers from the Golden Age of  Computers? (70s and 80's!) Come see us at Carolina Con 11! Even if you can't meet us at the the show join us on hangouts for a live stream (if we have bandwidth)

Please join us on Saturday March 21, 2015 at

CarolinaCon 11
Hilton north Raleigh/Midtown 
3415 Wake Forest Road 
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We are headed to Carolina Con 11 this weekend!  
Come play with the old computers this weekend - We are headed to Carolina Con 11. All your classic favorites will be on display and available to play with!

 Bringing a number of goodies (Commodores, Atari 2600s, TRS 80, vintage electronic handheld games, Apple II (with Oregon Trail!) classic magazines, too many games on floppies and in cartridges to count - plus much more!

So please join us on  Saturday March 21, 2015 at

CarolinaCon 11
Hilton north Raleigh/Midtown 
3415 Wake Forest Road 

http://carolinacon.org/

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Come play with the old stuff this weekend - We are headed to Carolina Con 1. All your classic favorites will be on display and available to play with! Bringing a number of goodies with us so please join us on  Saturday March 21, 2015 at
CarolinaCon 11
Hilton north Raleigh/Midtown 
3415 Wake Forest Road 

http://carolinacon.org/

#CarolinaCon   #retro   #technology   #museum   #handson   #NC   #Events  
We are headed to Carolina Con 11 this weekend!  
Bringing a number of goodies with us!

Please join us on Saturday March 21, 2015 at
CarolinaCon 11
Hilton north Raleigh/Midtown 
3415 Wake Forest Road 

http://carolinacon.org/

#CarolinaCon   #retro   #technology   #museum   #handson   #NC   #Events  
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We are headed to Carolina Con 11 this weekend!
Bringing a number of goodies with us!

Please join us on Saturday March 21, 2015 at
CarolinaCon 11
Hilton north Raleigh/Midtown 
3415 Wake Forest Road 

http://carolinacon.org/

#CarolinaCon   #retro   #technology   #museum   #handson   #NC   #Events  
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Happy Birthday!
On this day:
At 5th March of 1981, the 'Timex Sinclair ZX81 Computer' was released.

The ZX81, Sinclair's third computer, sparked a popular mania for computing following its launch in 1981. The machine was shipped in two versions: as a traditional self-assembly kit and, more popularly, as a ready-assembled machine which only needed to be connected to a television and power supply before it could be used. In modern terms it was one of the first "plug and play" computers.

By today's standards the ZX81 is laughably primitive: only 1K of memory, no colour or sound and a notably unresponsive touch-sensitive keyboard. Even by the standards of the time, its technology was basic. The ZX81 owed its success not to its capabilities but to that most elusive quality, being the right product in the right place at the right time. It attracted a great deal of attention by Sinclair's traditional sales route, mail-order - 300,000 ZX81s were sold that way by the end of January 1982 - but its key breakthrough was on the British high street.

It seems strange these days, when shops selling computers are so ubiquitous, but back in 1981 there were very few shops selling computer equipment. The ZX81 could not have succeeded in the way that it did without the fortuitous involvement of the British newspaper chain W.H. Smith. The company was a long-established high street presence which had gone somewhat stale by the early 1980s. 

Seeking to reinvigorate its business, Smiths agreed to stock ZX81s in selected stores across the UK. The response was phenomenal, tapping into a previously unsuspected mass market for home computing. By February 1982, Sinclair Research was making over 40,000 ZX81s a month and still could not keep up with the demand. Within two years of release, the ZX81 had sold over a million units.

The huge success of the ZX81 virtually created the British home computer market. Many competitors sprang up to take advantage of the tidal wave of public enthusiasm for home computers. Hundreds of software and hardware manufacturers sprang up almost overnight to support the new market. 

More seriously for Sinclair, a flurry of rival computer manfacturers entered the market. Most were seen off relatively quickly - machines such as the Oric-1 and Dragon 32 failed to make much impact - but some of the competitors, such as Acorn (itself founded by ex-Sinclair employees), survived and prospered.

ZX81s were exported to the United States in considerable numbers - 15,000 a month - suggesting that, as in Britain, there was a huge untapped market. The ZX81 was actually manufactured by an American company, Timex Inc., operating from its factory in Dundee, Scotland. From the outset it was clear that Timex was the ideal partner for Sinclair to use in its attempt to crack the crucial United States market. Between 1981-83, the Timex/Sinclair partnership produced two modified versions of the ZX81 for the US market.

The Timex saga came to an unhappy end in late 1983 when Timex, burdened with huge losses and a series of costly failures of its products, pulled out of the home computer market and dropped its tie-in with Sinclair. However, a further twist to the story occured when the Portuguese subsidiary produced a number of unauthorised clones of the Timex Sinclair machines (calling them "Timex Computers"), keeping the line alive until as late as 1987.

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All setup this morning at the #ISSA Triangle Infosecon in Raleigh, NC... Everyone stopping by having fun and swapping stories! Good trips down memory lane! Remember you can "chip in a bit" by following our #KickStarter link from our website http://vintagetechmuseum.org
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Getting the Apple II ready for tomorrows Vintage Technology show!  
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Got the ol' Commodore 64 Fired up  - ready to Rock and Roll for tomorrow show (Or Shall I say Ready to PEEK and POKE - come on give me a +1 if you see what I did there) - Also trying to fix one of our 1541 Drives - the Stepper motor is not being very cooperative.  BUT thanks to the wonders of the internet I found the actual 1541 Service Manual!  Yes they had a 223 page Service Manual for a floppy drive!! Didn't help but its fun to read - yes fun because that is how I roll!
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Hey Everyone - new to the community!  Just wanted to introduce myself  and my Mobile Museum of Vintage Technology - it's my new hobby and the Website is up and running!  We are a free and non-profit operation that brings vintage technology products to events and conference across the country.  We allow you to experience the joys of technology from the past!  Visitors are free to use many of the vintage computers and gadgets in our collection. Be sure to check our schedule for dates and locations.

Atari 2600, Commodore, Intellivision, TRS-80, Apple, floppy disk, dot matrix, Colecovision, Oregon Trail, PACMAN, Donkey Kong:  Were these the cutting edge gadgets of your youth? Your parents youth?  Do you want to experience them again, or for the first time?  Well we certainly want you to, but  need your help to preserve these important icons and make them available for use by the public. Please think about donating to our museum...
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1486963684/mobile-museum-of-vintage-technology

This free hands on museum of retro technology will be made available at computer shows, conferences, and schools for use by the public. Parents will have the opportunity to show their children the technology they used growing up and enjoy it together. Retro Technology geeks can play the games of yesteryear, and use 9600 baud modems with Vic 20s, Apple IIe, TRS-80s, and more to connect to the internet.  Get your children and America's youth interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) by introducing them to the golden age of technology.

All donations will be used to transport, acquire and restore old technology, including computers, video games, electronics, and more.

Vintage Computers
Commodores, Apple, Texas Instrument...

Classic Video Games
Atari, Intellivision, Nintendo...

Old Computer Accessories
Punch Cards, Floppies, Tape Drives...

Old Computer Magazines
BYTE Magazine, PC Magazine, ...

 About Me: https://plus.google.com/+GaryRudd/about                         
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