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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby sledge » 2019-8-20 @ 17:10

@OldCat: Yep, CTM644! And somewhere under the table is fully working Amstrad / Schneider CPC 464 with Zaxon's DDI3 USB floppy emulator :)
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby Caluser2000 » 2019-8-21 @ 02:35

My new arrangement.

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Main setup in the conservatory. Systems left to right- HP P200mmx running Xandros 2.1, IBM PC300GL Celeron 400 minitower running Win98FE, Compaq Presario CDS524 MS Dos 6.22/Win3.1/GeoWorks, Zenith Z286LP Plus running MS Dos 5a and Windows 3.1,packet driver and Trumpet Winsock 1.0, 386DX25 running MS Dos 6.2 along with Wfw 3.11. All the systems on the desk/stand are networked via Cat5. 18.5" IBM P97 SVGA flat screen monitor shared by the 286 and 386 using a monitor switcher.
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Taking over the kitchen table for testing. Left DEC 486LPv+ 425sx upgraded to 486DX2/66 16megs of ram running OS/2 v3 Warp. Right my wifes 2yo el cheapo AMD based HP laptop for downloading docs and software with external 3.5"usb floppy drive for imaging purposes. Runs Windows 10 Both networked.

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Lounge with Linux box and a shelf with some software I've collected over the years. Connected to router by Cat5. Not quite the same as having the space of a whole double bedroom but hey.....
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby oeuvre » 2019-8-21 @ 22:26

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Found this old one from 2008
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby OldCat » 2019-8-22 @ 08:40

sledge wrote:@OldCat: Yep, CTM644! And somewhere under the table is fully working Amstrad / Schneider CPC 464 with Zaxon's DDI3 USB floppy emulator :)


A fellow man of culture indeed. I also use Zaxon's floppy emulator, albeit a different one (for 6128, external).

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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby buckeye » 2019-8-22 @ 17:04

oeuvre wrote:Image

Found this old one from 2008


Ah, I see you "upgraded" to a rotary phone, prefer a green one though :lol:
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby JonathonWyble » 2019-8-23 @ 00:35

oeuvre wrote:Image

Found this old one from 2008

Hmm... That leather couch on the far right makes it look like part of the setup, being the chair for the desk...
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby Slot1 » 2019-8-23 @ 09:24

My setup :blush:

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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby keropi » 2019-8-23 @ 10:47

^ great stuff here too I always like CRT screens with old systems, lcd don't cut it if you have the space
one day I will also find a nice IBM keyboard :D
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby Slot1 » 2019-8-23 @ 11:01

Thanks keropi, the CRT is 17" Viewsonic PT775. It has great colors. I got it as a gift from a friend.
The Model M is from '89, next month is its 30th birthday. :D It is in great shape.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby imi » 2019-8-23 @ 11:18

keropi wrote:one day I will also find a nice IBM keyboard :D


finding them is not the issue, having to rob a bank to pay for it is :lol:
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby Slot1 » 2019-8-23 @ 11:27

It wasn't that expensive, 30 euros plus shipping locally. For a legendary keyboard it isn't expensive. You can find them cheap locally, on ebay they are are way more expensive. It was all dirty when I got it, cleaned it and it looks brand new.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby oeuvre » 2019-8-23 @ 13:40

yeah you can also find the lexmark ones cheaper too... practically the same experience anyways
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby Zack_H » 2019-9-09 @ 20:23

Here’s one of my “computing” tables. I have my Inspiron 8200 (my favorite Windows XP laptop of all-time) sitting here currently.


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I should also mention that this Inspiron 8200 has an NOS LCD panel which I found on eBay. Very bright and doesn’t have any of the yellowing that you see a lot on old LCDs.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby ShovelKnight » 2019-9-09 @ 20:43

oeuvre wrote:yeah you can also find the lexmark ones cheaper too... practically the same experience anyways


The Model M became progressively shittier as time went by.

The first variant (square badge) is arguably the best.

The next one (oval black badge, still made by IBM themselves) was slightly worse (thinner plastic, thinner backplate, etc.)

The Lexmark variant (blue badge, non-detachable cable) is the second worst. The black badge Model Ms have a nice controller PCB with proper connectors for the membrane contacts. The Lexmark Model M has a very odd PCB and the membrane contacts are simply pressed against contacts on this PCB. If you disassemble it, it's rather difficult to make it work properly again. The plastic and the backplate are even thinner, and at some point in the 90s they switched to single-piece keycaps.

The current Unicomp Model M is the worst. It has the same downsides as the Lexmark Model M, but the case is even thinner and badly molded with lots of sprue, and the backplate is so thin it could be made out of tin cans. They have reintroduced the two-piece keycaps though.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby bjwil1991 » 2019-9-09 @ 21:04

I have a Model M released in 1987 that needs a good cleaning on the switches for the arrow keys, but it feels good typing on that thing, and I have a 6' cable that I bought NOS on eBay a while back and it's pretty stellar.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby ShovelKnight » 2019-9-09 @ 21:21

bjwil1991 wrote:I have a Model M released in 1987


That's one of the good ones!
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby Caluser2000 » 2019-9-10 @ 05:42

Personally don't see what all the keyboard fuss is about. I've had my $25 Genius keyboard for over 20 years now and it's still going strong.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby OldCat » 2019-9-12 @ 09:22

Zack_H wrote:I have my Inspiron 8200 (my favorite Windows XP laptop of all-time)


Hey Zack_H, could you elaborate a bit more why this is your favourite XP laptop? Really curious. I have Dell M70, but maybe there's a better fish out there.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby kolderman » 2019-9-12 @ 09:40

My *retro* computing area.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby Intel486dx33 » 2019-9-17 @ 22:28

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