The Franklin Ace 1000 Plus is an Apple ][+ clone.
The only difference (according to Franklin, who was eventually suited by Apple and now makes electronic dictionary- type books) is the lack of a cassette port, so you have to run sound out elsewhere.
The Plus has a built in drive housing and a built in joystick port.
The second clone!
Six months after IBM introduced their PC, a company called Compaq introduced this machine --
Totally luggable -- no, it is not a sewing machine, as you will be able to see from the photo below!
This is where the full sized cards meet at the side of the computer for things like CGA and composite video, RS232c and parallel port all hidden behind a little sliding door.
Here it is in all is spender.
What had IBM done?
This is one of the earlier Power Macintoshes.
This model looks very much like the Performa PowerMacs that were made before Apple phased them out.
24 Meg of RAM, 750 Meg HD, 66 Mhz 603e CPU -- man this thing is a dinasour!
The Xerox 820-II (eight - twenty Roman numeral 2) is a powerful 64k CP/M machine.
At a time when the Mac had received numberous awards for the inovative design of having the CPU inside the monitor, this machine had already slipped by the acadamy (along with commodore's original PET).
The entire computer is in the monitor sans the i/o devices -- disk drives, keyboard, etc.
Upon first powering up the 820, this screen appears.
You have a choice of loading CP/M, booting a dumb terminal, or booting a text editor.
The 5.25 inch dual floppy came standard with this machine.
This drive, however is the beefed up 8 inch floppy that handles formats up to 964k! -- quite respectible for it's time.
Here is the modem I've never used with this machine a USRobotics Sportster 2400 -- not much has changed over the years, at least not as far as the case goes.
This is where it all plugs in -- right into back of the monitor!
Here we have a not so great shot of the manual, it is nice to have information...
Here is the first PET-like machine I ever encountered, the CBM 2001.
This puppy sports 32k memory and a 40 column monochrome display.
Next to it is the IEEE-488 CBM4040 disk drive with a C2N Datassette on top.
This is a C64DX Rev B mother board from the late great Commodore Business Machines.
Yes, here be the guts to the C65!
A close up of the Victor chip!
My friend, John Maguire's old office. Note the Kaypro!
Left to right: Compaq Armada Laptop (Mandy), 200MMX (Nectar, his work machine), Kaypro II.
Under the desk is a homebuilt P5-166 (Slash).
The names are more than just cute, they are the network names.
I don't feel so bad about my play area when I see all the stuff John has setup all at once.
Feeling a little like Rick Wakeman are we?
This is part of my old, old office, back in 1994!
That is a SuperPET, a 4040 drive with, yes, the Datassette on top.
Next to it is a CBM 2023p printer.
The next machine over is a VIC20 with a VICModem and 1350 mouse.
The drive, I must admit, is a fraud -- it's a commodore 1541 in a VIC1541 case.
My friend Rex gave me the case after I had bought the drive without a case for $5.
That's an MPS803 on top of an Epson COMTEX color monitor!
Those were the daze!
Ok, this is the other half of my old office:
CDTV on the printer stand under an HP 500C, above an MPS1270 Inkjet, and HP4ML laser printer.
That is my trusty PX-8 (Epson Geneva) CP/M notebook on the very bottom.
The next pile is a commodore 128 with KEYDOS and JiffyDOS in a Keytek bay with two 1571s
It has an Icontroller, 1802 monitor, and 128k REU.
Next we have a commodore 128D with FD4000, 1581, HD85, 1 Meg RAMLink tucked away in the back.
M3 mouse, TAC2 joystick, 1702 and 1080 monitors.
Here is the inside of that flat 128 above reveiling the KeyDOS ROM and JiffyDOS chip sets.
Back to the Lobby.
Technical info on the machines appearing will some day be posted. I just wanted to get this thing up!
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