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romanon
October 27th, 2017, 10:11 PM
Like every year, even this year i have prepared within "Open door day" in our high school, exhibition of my vintage computers collection (mostly IBM PC).
They were presented main models of IBM PCs, IBM 5150, 5160, 5155, 5170, 5162 and 5140. For the first year, they were also presented Czechoslovak computers from 80's.

Exhibition will still take few days for students within lessons of informatics and will be enriched by my lecture about origin of personal computers.

Here are some pictures from the action

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krebizfan
October 27th, 2017, 11:16 PM
Good seeing at least some there were having fun. How has the response been and were there any systems that were preferred for usage?

Any action shots of the Czechoslovak computers?

romanon
October 27th, 2017, 11:37 PM
Good seeing at least some there were having fun. How has the response been and were there any systems that were preferred for usage?

Response was quite different. Most teenage students was not very interested in, but smaller kids was naturally interested in simple PC games and enjoyed it sucesfully.
Of course there were some geeky students with great interest. In my opinion the most prefered machine was PC AT and XT-286, probably due to its color monitors.
XT keyboards are also not very popular for kids for its differences. But as i said, many students, many tastes.


Any action shots of the Czechoslovak computers?

Czechoslovak computers are on second picture but unfortunately i dont have any pictures from the action. 2 of 5 computers was not functional and only one is IBM PC compatible. They are also difficult to control without needed knowledge

Xacalite
October 28th, 2017, 01:59 AM
If only I was closer to the Slovak border...
Oh well, maybe next year?

RWallmow
October 29th, 2017, 08:05 AM
That's very cool!! I need to find some kind of exhibition to show off my collection ;-)

mbbrutman
October 29th, 2017, 10:18 AM
I'm very impressed with your presentation - it is complete and professional! (I need to bring a PCjr or two the next time I travel to Europe.)

romanon
October 29th, 2017, 09:07 PM
I'm very impressed with your presentation - it is complete and professional! (I need to bring a PCjr or two the next time I travel to Europe.)

Thanks :)

Gfbtdhg1
November 1st, 2017, 12:45 PM
A: I wish I was going to this high school
B: you should get a 5100 or 5110 if you want to really show the progression.

tezza
November 1st, 2017, 01:41 PM
Very nice. Those computers look in mint condition. It's good to see some classic vintage business systems being displayed. They don't get enough love from the retro-crowd sometimes. (:

Tez

OldCat
November 3rd, 2017, 12:42 AM
This collection really looks great!

Would you be able to tell what games these machines were running?

romanon
November 3rd, 2017, 01:37 AM
This collection really looks great!

Would you be able to tell what games these machines were running?

uff lot of them...mostly common IBM XT games, some MDA games on IBM PC - pitfall, tetris, pacgirl and so

DaveJustDave
November 6th, 2017, 07:58 PM
this is awesome! have you ever had problems with kids vandalizing or misappropriating parts?

mrcity
November 6th, 2017, 09:10 PM
Very neat collection; thanks for sharing these! As someone who grew up in the West and mostly after the Cold War ended, it's fascinating to see these older Eastern/Soviet bloc systems to compare and contrast the design/aesthetic choices and what the priorities were for computer users across the globe.

I must say, whatever is sitting underneath the monitor for the PMD-85 second from right somewhat resembles a VCR. If I squint, the top left corner of it almost seems to say "RCA", a noted VCR manufacturer here... ;)

krebizfan
November 6th, 2017, 09:31 PM
The item under the PMD-85 is probably a high end cassette deck. http://www.cedmagic.com/museum/dimensia/mtr120.html should show a later model. The design language influence is quite clear.

romanon
November 6th, 2017, 10:16 PM
this is awesome! have you ever had problems with kids vandalizing or misappropriating parts?

No never :)

romanon
November 6th, 2017, 10:34 PM
The item under the PMD-85 is probably a high end cassette deck. http://www.cedmagic.com/museum/dimensia/mtr120.html should show a later model. The design language influence is quite clear.

No no, it is Czechoslovak cassete deck Tesla SP210, there was also version with printer Tesla SP210T, i have it.

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SP210T
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PMD85-2A

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And very interesting "one motherboard" school computer PMI80 based on MHB8080 CPU (i8080 clone)

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ScanDisk
November 6th, 2017, 10:50 PM
Dude,

That's awesome. You sure are lucky to have all those, and to be able to share the love with the public!

mrcity
November 7th, 2017, 07:34 PM
No no, it is Czechoslovak cassete deck Tesla SP210

Aha, I was on the right track after all! The styling resembles my Betamax VCR SL-2405, and makes my Texas Instruments Program Recorder PHP 2700 look like a cheap children's toy in comparison. :-P


And very interesting "one motherboard" school computer PMI80 based on MHB8080 CPU (i8080 clone)

Ah yes, I couldn't see that very well in the previous pictures. The old single-board computers tend to be popular among the retrocomputing enthusiasts in my area, but usually they are 6502-based. What's the longest program you've written for it? ;)

krebizfan
November 7th, 2017, 08:33 PM
The Tesla SP210T: Could you provide more information about this? I guess there must be a lot of empty space in the SP210 in order to fit a dot matrix printer with minimal alteration.

romanon
November 7th, 2017, 11:38 PM
What's the longest program you've written for it? ;)

Huh sorry, but i am not THAT RIGHT guy for this, i am not programmer :)

geoffm3
November 8th, 2017, 07:59 AM
Kudos on your displays... it looks very nice and clean!