||An advanced machine for its day, though expensive.
||Andy's software house got one of the very first prototypes
of this machine, and was the first company other than Amstrad to
demonstrate software running on it. The ZX81/Spectrum chess program and
other games were ported to the Amstrad for its Hippodrome launch.
|BBC A and B,
|There were several BBC machines in the club, one of which
had the Torch CP/M co-processor box.
||Another machine for which Andy's software house developed
||Rod's Nascom was housed in a stylish wooden case. It was
going to be fitted with brass candlestick-holders, but I think events
overtook it and that never happened.
||A very neat portable computer, running CP/M on twin floppy
drives, with an 80x25 CRT all housed in a neat plastic case.
This was a substantial improvement on the original Osborne as it had
higher capacity floppy disks and a clear, full resolution display.
Andy still has this machine.
PSI Comp 80
|A Z80 based kit design published in Wireless World in the
early eighties. The supplied system software was awesomely atrocious, but
at least replacing it gave Phil some early programming practice.
||Most of the machines listed here are from the
"early days", but a couple of members have this modern hobbyists
||Andy's very first computer kit. National SC/MP processor and
256 bytes of SRAM.
|Sinclair Mk 14
||Simon's first machine.
||Andy still has one of these, including Interface 1, a
microdrive and dozens of games tapes.
||Andy's second computer kit. Started out life as an 8080 with
2Kb of EPROM and 4Kb of SRAM. Ended up as a Z80 with 48Kb of SRAM and
running CP/M on twin 114Kb floppy disks.
||Bob built this from a kit supplied by Chris 'Spangles'
Curry, and it still works. Heavily modified with additional RAM,
switchable operating ROMs, 4100 b.p.s. cassette interface, enhanced video
and 100 b.p.s. printer interface it made him the man he is today.
||Another of Simon's machines.
||An Eltec 68020 VME system, running OS9. This is still
sitting under the desk at Andy's office.
||Andy developed a chess program for this machine, using the
Triton, which subsequently was sold by Sinclair.