are as much a hobby as they are work. Underatanding electronics has
always been a
part of my life and it has aided in my ability to perform a host of
computer services for a
living. Radio Shack, Apple & Commodore workstations were all
around me at school. I had friends making copies of my BASIC
language notebooks when I was in 7th grade. I have a real love for the
vintage PCs of the late 70's. I have
rebuilt and refurbished; TRS-80 models I-III, Commodore PETs, 2000
& 4000 series machines, Apple IIe&c
models, NeXT and Macintosh SE30 computers. I have also rebuilt
& sold old
UNIX servers, SCO & VAX VMS OpSys, DEC Alphas and I still
maintain a 386 installed up with the Microsoft XENIX op sys.
I have a large pile if you will of these vintage 70's machines,
although due to consolidations on space & storage, I have
ways with a number of my duplicates. In most cases my
vintage PCs have come to me by way of clients unloading old systems or
word of mouth. The Commodore PETs came to me from an out of town
connection and were at one point were my only pursuit in
this type of
vintage hardware. I have found The Commodore PET line of home
personal computers unique in
almost every way possible, ahead of it's time in design and style.
The photo to the right is looking down at the Commodore PET
and power supply, all original & still functioning. The upper
chassis of the PET opens up like a convertible, literally lifting up
the hood to look at the engine. Awesome!
Hardware & Software, and lots of
the early day Microsoft stuff. Old monitors, disk drives, cables and
manuals, can all be found in my pile of vintage pc stuff.
From this page
I will build links to pages displaying the machines I have. Post links
to where I get my parts for rebuilds & show you, what you could
to refurbish that old vintage computer of yours. Email me if you have a
question pertaining to a vintage machine you might or to inquire about
any of the machines I have mentioned on this page.
I just recently
moved my vintage pile from my office storage to a room in our house, so
I have gone through another consolidation. From here I will be
able to construct more of a presentation of the select machines that I
am going to try to preserve for this website's presentation.
Check back as I will eventually get these
pages up for your enjoyment. Thanks for the interest.
I have refurbished & maintain a number of classic or vintage
computers built between 1975 - 1990.
I also own most all of the original manuals for these models. Lots of
cassette, 8" & 5 1/4" Software. My next additions to this page
be more of a catalog listing of the remaining stuff.
Currently I specialize on these models & their available
hardware, acessories & manuals.
TRS80 model III
Apple II & Macintosh
Microsoft XENIX operating system
3.5", 5 1/4" & 8" Disk Drives
hard drive systems for the TRS80 computers
in 1981, PlayCable: The All Game Channel enabled local cable operators
to send Intellivision games over the wire with the TV signal.
Subscribers used a special converter -- the PlayCable Adapter -- to
download the games to play on their Intellivision Master Components.
While only available in areas of California, PlayCable was discontinued
PlayCable Company was a joint venture of Mattel and General Instrument,
the company that designed the Intellivision chip set. The units
themselves were manufactured by General Instrument's Jerrold Division,
which supplied cable TV converter boxes at the time.
PlayCable matched the original Intellivision Master Component in
design. It plugged into the Master Component's cartridge slot and
hooked up to the TV cable. Switching on the Intellivision brought up
several pages of on-screen menus, displaying the available games.
Twenty titles were available at a time, rotated monthly. The object
code for these games was being continuously broadcast over the cable;
when one was chosen, its code would be "tuned in" and fed into the
PlayCable's memory (taking about 10 seconds). The system
would read the PlayCable's memory as if it were a cartridge.