Monday, March 4, 2013

Dataworld Microchip Magic!

Since I just can't find too much at thrift stores to brag about these days, I'm posting about the little joys. Quality, not quantity.

I present unto thee: Microchip Magic by Dataworld, Produced in association with British Telecom. Explore Our Hi-Tech World! (c)1986

How this awesome book made it from the UK to a Texas thrift store, I'll never know. 5 quid seems steep. Oi!

Go Speccy! I'm no electrical engineer, but I think that board could have been more efficiently designed.

If there was any doubt whether I should by this, it was erased circa page 11 with that Boxing Calculator Alarm Watch by Casio. I love that style of handheld game. It was the best excuse to bring a game to school circa 1985. And that Seiko calculator watch is pure terminator metal bliss.

Here is Casio again, interfacing with and dwarfed by an Epson printer. It's almost all portable!

Yes, you actually hang up the phone ON the keyboard. The future is incredibly efficient. I love how networks of the early 80s and before were all about dumb terminals. We'll get there again, with any luck!

The predecessor to the Steambox, an IBM PC 5150 on a TV cart. Looks like one of those Amdex Color monitors I had as a kid that I'm kind of after. Here's a good place for a pile of disks, right here on the shag carpet. 
Whoever thought curly phone cords were good for anything other than phone cords should have been kicked out of the ideas department. I've paid to have my Colecovision and Intellivision cords straightened and it was worth it.

Give credit where credit is due. The Casio combination boombox and keyboard. Rad. Setup anywhere, like your bedroom, and just jam out on excruciatingly small keys. And record your demo because you might be the next Elton John. Casio lets you find out.

Near and dear to my heart is the CT or 'CAT' scanner. More keys, more joysticks, more monitors, MORE FUN!

Japan always had the best toys! Here's George the Computer Robot from CGL. Looks like something that would be costly then and equally costly now. 

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