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First post, by vetz

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I guess most of you guys have seen the Steve Jobs movies that came out recently. You see several operational Apple II, Lisa and Macintosh machines in many scenes. My question is, where do they get them from? Do anyone know of any collectors who hires out their systems for movie/television productions? I recon they also need to hire out themselves as a technical consultant as young people today have no clue how to even put them together.

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Reply 1 of 43, by kixs

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I recon they also need to hire out themselves as a technical consultant as young people today have no clue how to even put them together.

You made me laugh... it's so true 😁

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Reply 3 of 43, by Stiletto

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This guy rents arcades, pinballs, jukeboxes and other misc. to TV/film production in the Vancouver, Canada area. No computers so far as I know.
http://flippers.com/props.html

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Reply 4 of 43, by BSA Starfire

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VERY true, at least here in the UK Apple were a who? what? when?. In the 80's it was Sinclair with the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad with the CPC & PCW, Commordore with the VIC & 64 & Acorn with Electron and BBC. After that in late 80's AMIGA & ATARI ST ruled the home computer market and Amstrad did great with the later PCW's in home/small office and even newspaper offices. APPLE and PC were very late here in the UK.

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Reply 6 of 43, by Lo Wang

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http://www.tvfilmprops.co.uk/sec/6/computer-props/

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Reply 7 of 43, by Tetrium

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Lo Wang wrote:

Thanks for the link, it's actually very interesting! 😁
Another interesting page (same website) http://www.tvfilmprops.co.uk/sec/502/Credits/

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Reply 8 of 43, by Errius

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RoyBatty wrote:

They also need to stop acting like Apple ruled the world, the company was a fail in the 80's and jobs even left. Commodore ruled.

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-apple-real … 0s-2012-12?IR=T

That graph is interesting. Commodore used to be a big deal.

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Reply 9 of 43, by badmojo

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PeterLI wrote:

In NL Apple has always ruled the DTP world with Macintosh.

Indeed, the whole desktop publishing thing started with the Mac and Apple got lucky there, because joe sixpack wasn't buying their fancy beige toy.

I've been re-watching some I.T Crowd lately and have spotted a few classics in the background. There's a Commodore PET for example, and Thrustmaster GP steering wheel 😎

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Reply 11 of 43, by RoyBatty

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The computers on the bridge of Red Dwarf are commodore 64's. The computers in the bunker in Terminator Rise of the Machines are a bunch of PET's.

Commodore 64+1541 in Pixels on the nerds desk... except that movie is awful.

Reply 12 of 43, by Lo Wang

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idspispopd wrote:

Since it hasn't been mentioned in this thread: http://www.starringthecomputer.com

Very neat link. Thanks for sharing.

I've noticed they're missing the Wang 2200VP from the movie "Coma" (1978) that shows up at the Jefferson Institute, in case anybody wants to let them know.

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Reply 13 of 43, by vetz

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People running these prop companies are renting them out as "working". So I take it they must atleast be lurking around here on VOGONS, VCF or equivalent. There isn't many other places you'll find the information you need to keep them operational.

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Reply 14 of 43, by NJRoadfan

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These guys provided props for the FX series "The Americans" and "Halt, and Catch Fire".
http://www.vintagecomputerfederation.org/grou … f-mid-atlantic/
http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/showt … -Americans-quot

It is not unusual that vintage electronics collectors lend out equipment for use as props. Its very common in the vintage TV community. Many times the producers don't even require something that works since they can add the video in post production.

Reply 15 of 43, by gerwin

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idspispopd wrote:

Since it hasn't been mentioned in this thread: http://www.starringthecomputer.com

Was looking for an entry of 'The big bang theory': I once noticed Howard was doing soldering work at his university and the subject seemed to be an IBM XT motherboard from 1983.

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Reply 17 of 43, by Tetrium

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vetz wrote:

People running these prop companies are renting them out as "working". So I take it they must atleast be lurking around here on VOGONS, VCF or equivalent. There isn't many other places you'll find the information you need to keep them operational.

I'd say this is a good guess actually.

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Reply 18 of 43, by gerwin

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To keep old PC's in operation you don't need much, sometimes nothing at all.
- Remove dust. Or just hardly use them.
- Replace bad capacitors and leaking batteries. Or trow out and replace the entire thing.
- Don't go on the internet and don't install additional software.

To upgrade them or try all kinds of software, that is another thing. There are mostly laptops on that renting site, so not much upgrading in that case.

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Reply 19 of 43, by chinny22

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I remember an Australian cop show "Blue Heelers" and I'm 99% sure the PC's just had edit opened to look like something was on the screen.
There was also 1 episode where they got a virus and loaded a screen shot of an Imp from Doom (because a virus always displays something in TV world when you get infected)

This was in the late 90's