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mikef



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:05 pm    Post subject: Most Desirable Personal Computer Next to the NeXT Reply with quote

A recent thread comparing the offering price of a high-priced NeXT on eBay to other rare computers got me thinking.

Next to the NeXT, what are the most desirable vintage computers and workstations, and how do they compare to each other? In the not too-distant past, Sun systems Silicon Graphics, RDI, etc., were out of the reach of most folks. Favorites?
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Empathy



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To me, it's a VAXstation.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lisp Machine, BeBox, and SGI for me...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I confess a sweet spot for alpha-based stations.
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un



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd like an Sparcstation 20 that actually works Smile

Seriously though after the NeXT it was an O2 for me.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to have a C65.
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Shuren



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alpha also for me.
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nextchef



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A nice BeBox is currently at the top of my "personal computer" list, but my most desired piece of vintage computer kit would have to be a Pixar Image Computer. Amazing piece of both computer and film history.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm kind of partial to the SGI Iris Indigo with an O2 or Indy2 a close second. Granted I wouldn't turn down a Crimson either.

I suspect this Altair http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150330705634&ih=005&category=4193&_trksid=p4012.m8&_trkparms=algo%3DMW%26itu%3DUCC%26otn%3D20%26po%3DLCA%26ps%3D4 is going to go for some $$$ though that zero feedback bidder might mess it up.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want a PDP-8 as well as a DECTape drive (or two).

[fanboy]Screw the Altair, You can actually do things with a PDP-8.[/fanboy]
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pentium wrote:
I want a PDP-8 as well as a DECTape drive (or two).

Might want to look at http://www.sparetimegizmos.com/. He's currently selling a single board pdp-8 based on the Harris chip. Not a *Dec* pdp-8 but still a hardware pdp-8.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pentium wrote:
I want a PDP-8 as well as a DECTape drive (or two).

[fanboy]Screw the Altair, You can actually do things with a PDP-8.[/fanboy]


Yes it would make a dandy room heater!
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Thrax



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always been a fan of "pizza box" designs often exemplified by sun. I would also like hte Octane series by SGI as well as a Mac IIFX.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favourite is the HP-9845C.

http://www.hp9845.net/9845/hardware/9845c/

I only have the 9845B with enhanced mono monitor Sad

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pentium



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cubist wrote:
pentium wrote:
I want a PDP-8 as well as a DECTape drive (or two).

Might want to look at http://www.sparetimegizmos.com/. He's currently selling a single board pdp-8 based on the Harris chip. Not a *Dec* pdp-8 but still a hardware pdp-8.

Pfft. That's not a real PDP-8. Razz
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