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The Computers that made Britain

Postby tofro » Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:35 pm

Free pdf or 12GBP paper edition. Interesting book with chapters about each and every UK-made (and some that were not) home computer - and yes, the QL has one, too, with some interesting David Karlin insights and anecdotes.

https://wireframe.raspberrypi.org/books ... de-britain

Recommended reading!


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Re: The Computers that made Britain

Postby Derek_Stewart » Fri Jun 11, 2021 11:14 pm

Hi,

I downloaded and this last week, a little subjective, in that some of the subject content did not reflect the title.

I think the author missed out a few computers that were around.

But it is free so no real complaints.


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Re: The Computers that made Britain

Postby Cristian » Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:18 pm

Derek_Stewart wrote:I think the author missed out a few computers that were around.

Which ones, in your opinion?


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Re: The Computers that made Britain

Postby Derek_Stewart » Sun Jun 13, 2021 8:55 pm

HI,

The computers I had in the 1980s are:

Newbrain
Oric 1, Atmos
Memotech MTX range
Sam Coupe
Jupiter Ace

Whether they definevthe British computer culture is open to personal taste.


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Re: The Computers that made Britain

Postby stephen_usher » Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:13 pm

It'd be very difficult to map every UK computers as there were so many. Some not mentioned so far:

NASCOM
UK101
Tangerine
Camputers Lynx
Fan/Flan/Elan Enterprise 64/128


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Re: The Computers that made Britain

Postby vanpeebles » Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:40 am

No Z88 or any Psions either! Tatung Einstein?


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Re: The Computers that made Britain

Postby XorA » Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:47 am

Derek_Stewart wrote:HI,

The computers I had in the 1980s are:

Newbrain
Oric 1, Atmos
Memotech MTX range
Sam Coupe
Jupiter Ace

Whether they definevthe British computer culture is open to personal taste.


What we learn from this is never buy the same computer as Derek :-D


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Re: The Computers that made Britain

Postby tofro » Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:54 am

XorA wrote:
Derek_Stewart wrote:HI,

The computers I had in the 1980s are:

Newbrain
Oric 1, Atmos
Memotech MTX range
Sam Coupe
Jupiter Ace

Whether they definevthe British computer culture is open to personal taste.


What we learn from this is never buy the same computer as Derek :-D


Well, depends. I guess the opposite is true: Each of these probably has a magnitude of the collector's value today than your humble ZX Spectrum or ZX81 ;)

So, if you're into collecting as an investment, absolutely go with Derek ;)


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Re: The Computers that made Britain

Postby stephen_usher » Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:38 pm

vanpeebles wrote:No Z88 or any Psions either! Tatung Einstein?


Well, that last one would be out as it's Korean(?)

Also, the Z88 is rather later (88), as were the (usable) Psions (90s).

If you're thinking non-home machines (as the Psion Organiser was aimed at business) then you have the ACT Apricot range of machines. Very British, eccentric MSDOS but not IBM PC compatible machines.

e.g. the F2
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Re: The Computers that made Britain

Postby vanpeebles » Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:53 pm

stephen_usher wrote:
vanpeebles wrote:No Z88 or any Psions either! Tatung Einstein?


Well, that last one would be out as it's Korean(?)

Also, the Z88 is rather later (88), as were the (usable) Psions (90s).

If you're thinking non-home machines (as the Psion Organiser was aimed at business) then you have the ACT Apricot range of machines. Very British, eccentric MSDOS but not IBM PC compatible machines.

e.g. the F2
IMG_2308.jpg


The Tatung was designed and built in the UK.



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