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Old 09-08-2015, 01:54 PM
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Old computers do NOT really interest me. You can't DO anything with them...

It all depends what you want to do with them and your expectations. There are groups of collectors out there who make all sorts of software & hardware for "vintage" computers to do modern/unexpected things, such as Ethernet cards for Apple II or hooking up an old teletype to a Linux box and having it print a Twitter feed.

Sure, old machines aren't practical for modern everyday computing needs, but they still are pretty capable, especially for secondary uses or to hobbyists/collectors.
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Old 09-09-2015, 03:18 AM
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I've had one of those (Wico) sticks open and they are built like arcade machines (read tanks), and the feel of playing with one is closer to arcade joysticks than any console controller I've ever laid hands on...
That makes perfect sense, since Wico WAS a major supplier of parts to the arcade industry before they got into the consumer joystick business.

I still have a pair of the Wico joysticks for the Atari 5200, with mechanical levers to switch between analog operation and pseudo-digital return-to-center operation. They are ideal for that machine.
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Old 09-13-2015, 09:51 AM
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Awesome score, these old 64's have a large following online. You can now find nearly any program or game ever written for them online.

Im currently building a cassette player emulator adapter for my Vic 20 (will work on the c64 too!). You download games to a usb drive and plug them into the adapter, allowing you to have play anything. Only 20-ish bucks to build

http://sweetlilmre.blogspot.com/2014...-c64-tape.html
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Old 09-14-2015, 01:37 AM
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I know of one with no monitor for $50 at a thrift.
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Old 09-26-2015, 12:23 AM
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I have the commodore family here.The Commodore color monitors make good VCR monitors.I have a few here.
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Old 10-09-2015, 11:25 PM
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Easy as pie way to get online, get your butt on telnet. for about 15 bucks

https://1200baud.wordpress.com/2012/...-less-than-15/
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Old 10-17-2015, 07:04 PM
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That things looks VERY white... or was it just the light in the photo?

If it's really that white... I dont think that they were THAT white originally.
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Old 10-19-2015, 02:27 AM
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Wico (wye-co) made many of the joysticks (and other controls) used in the arcades. They were good stuff that just *never* broke. They were also made in America.

I hated the cheap Atari 2600 style sticks commodore sold which used those stupid steel spring buttons against a circuit board. If the switches didn't fail, the white inner stick/contact pusher failed. The real Atari ones were no better...
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Old 10-21-2015, 04:31 AM
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I love the original atari joysticks that came with my 2600..... Much better than the plastic pieces of garbage that came with my Atari flashback!! (Which I got rid of,I didnt like any games on it and the games dont LOOK THE SAME on that thing))
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Old 10-21-2015, 12:23 PM
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For those who like old computers::an Old TRS_80 model4 on Shopgoodwill in CA.

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions...-25047607.html

Myself---NOT interested.
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Old 10-21-2015, 12:42 PM
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I have a soft-spot for TRS-80s. I would impulse-buy that Model 4 if it was close and I could pick it up. I doubt goodwill could ship it properly. The last one I bought on ebay ended up smashed.
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Old 10-21-2015, 10:14 PM
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A friend of mine has a TRS-80 .. I dont think he liked it that much as he always called it "TRASH 80"

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Old 10-21-2015, 10:47 PM
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Back in the mid-90's...when I worked for the Tandy Service center--the computer guys called the TRASH 80's ...Too !! (this was during the era of Pentium 1-2, maybe P3 had come out--before I left in late summer of 97.).
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Old 10-23-2015, 01:03 AM
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ANOTHER vintage computer on the GW site :: This one is an Apple II.
Comes wiht drive and mouse...


http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions...-25136193.html
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Old 11-29-2015, 02:15 PM
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Old computers do NOT really interest me. You can't DO anything with them.
Sir, I have an 8086 that is both an FTP server, and also used as my IRC client at times. On the internet. Also, it makes a good banking computer, because if anyone broke in, they aren't going to steal it, or the floppy disks the bank data is actually on. Also, I REALLY love those buckling spring keyboards, and a real monochrome screen telling me how poor I really am.

Also, this 8086 has logged enough days on IRC to actually help fight some crimes that happened on a channel I opped when I wasn't looking. Data forwarded to police, arrests made. So, I find that quite useful, and it DID something.
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