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floyd20183
February 15th, 2010, 10:18 AM
Hi there,

I am trying to get a vintage computing group together in Johannesburg (Gauteng) , South Africa. The aim is to cover vintage computers (pre 1990), software and games consoles of a similar age. If anyone is interested please let me know. The contact information can be found in www.oldcomputers.co.za

floyd20183
March 23rd, 2010, 10:14 AM
So I am guessing that there are fewer South African vintage computer collectors out there than I thought ?

Minerva10210
May 7th, 2010, 03:45 AM
Hi Floyd

I will be interested in this, as would Formateer - I actually got this link from his introduction thread. Will check out your site a bit...

cheers!

tezza
May 7th, 2010, 02:11 PM
Hi Floyd,

Good luck with taking a lead in getting a vintage community going in South Africa. I'm attempting a similar thing with my own website (http://www.classic-computers.org.nz) here in New Zealand.

My interest in vintage computing generally stemmed from my original machine, an EACA TRS-80 Model 1 clone (see http://www.classic-computers.org.nz/system-80/) .

I've done a lot of research on the origins of this machine. One dead end I've run into is the fate of these computers in South Africa where (apparently) they were marketed as the TRZ-80. Have you ever heard of this model? It would have been sold between 1980 and 1983. If you haven't come across it, I'd be grateful if you could keep your ears open as you explore the 1980's vintage computer market in your country. I would love to document a little of it's history there. In particular, the firm who sold it in SA, how well it sold (or how well it didn't sell), any local third-party add ons and if any magazines ever arose to support it.

If anyone else reading this knows anything, I'd also like to hear from them.

Cheers

Tezza

floyd20183
May 9th, 2010, 10:20 AM
tezza, I have not heard of the TRZ-80 but can put out a few feelers with some guys here. Will keep you posted.

floyd20183
June 1st, 2010, 12:56 PM
For those South African members of the forum the 1st social get together of the Vintage Computer Group of South Africa will hopefully be held on Saturday the 3rd of July 2010 on the Westrand. Please PM me if you are interested.

Minerva10210
June 7th, 2010, 05:56 AM
Hi Floyd

I have sent you a PM, will be there definitely!

Cheers!

floyd20183
July 25th, 2010, 10:59 AM
For those interested, the first social meeting of the Vintage Computing Group of South Africa went well and the group now has a website on www.vcgsa.co.za. The website still requires more content and member pics but we will hopefully get there in the weeks to come.

wmmullaney
July 25th, 2010, 11:03 AM
I think you're link is broken, not loading for me.

floyd20183
July 25th, 2010, 11:22 AM
Thanks, The URL was wrong in the post. I have updated it.

floyd20183
October 5th, 2010, 10:02 AM
For those interested the 2nd meeting of the Vintage Computer Group of South Africa which was due to be held on the 2nd of October has now be rescheduled for the 6th of November. The website address is www.vcgsa.co.za

PeterNY
January 21st, 2011, 08:01 AM
Hi there,

I am trying to get a vintage computing group together in Johannesburg (Gauteng) , South Africa. The aim is to cover vintage computers (pre 1990), software and games consoles of a similar age. If anyone is interested please let me know. The contact information can be found in www.oldcomputers.co.za

I miss South Africa. :-(

IBM PS/2 Model 50: http://capetown.gumtree.co.za/c-Stuff-for-Sale-computers-software-VINTAGE-IBM-PS2-100-WORKING-LOOKS-BRAND-NEW-W0QQAdIdZ254967105

floyd20183
January 21st, 2011, 08:58 AM
What can I say :-) BTW thanks for the link on Gumtree. I have found many a gem there over the years including my IBM System/34 of all things. Come to think of it ... two of the groups members joined as a result of adverts on Gumtree. I actually have the same unit as listed along with monitor and keyboard but will pass the link around the groups mailing list.

PeterNY
January 21st, 2011, 09:29 AM
What can I say :-) BTW thanks for the link on Gumtree. I have found many a gem there over the years including my IBM System/34 of all things. Come to think of it ... two of the groups members joined as a result of adverts on Gumtree. I actually have the same unit as listed along with monitor and keyboard but will pass the link around the groups mailing list.

Aangename kennis meneer! :-)

IBMMuseum
January 21st, 2011, 10:22 AM
...I actually have the same unit as listed along with monitor and keyboard but will pass the link around the groups mailing list.

Just be aware that the specifications on the harddrives are original (40, 80, 120, and 160Mb capacities were added later to go alongside the original 30 and 60Mb) and slightly wrong (the 30Mb unit is also DBA ESDI, only the 20Mb paired with the 'non-Z' Model 50 was MFM)...

floyd20183
March 30th, 2011, 11:24 PM
Rinky0, Thanks for commenting. If you are in South Africa and would like to join the Vintage Computer Club of South Africa please go to www.vcgsa.co.za and use the contact from. From there we can provide you with more details etc.