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Re: What extremely rare (non-prototype) computers do you wish you could find?

Unread postby jimmer » Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:03 pm

Not sure if this is 'extremely' rare, but I'd be chuffed to find a MIPS-based Sony NWS workstation in the UK. There used to be one at my university in Amsterdam many many moons ago. A one-off purchase or 'donation' to the faculty I was studying at. I guess there might be a market for them in Japan, but here in Europe I've never seen one appear on any of the various online auction houses.

A B2K would be fun too, but that's definitely a 'prototype' so not really what the OP is asking for.
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Unread postby ScutBoy » Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:35 pm

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I'll take a CM-2 if someone's getting rid of one. ;)



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Re: What extremely rare (non-prototype) computers do you wish you could find?

Unread postby robespierre » Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:30 pm

You won't find anything on the Internet, but I believe there was a workstation called the Chipmunk made at MIT around the SCHEME-83 chip. I'm not holding my breath.
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Re: What extremely rare (non-prototype) computers do you wish you could find?

Unread postby jirka » Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:39 pm

The Palm Foleo, the Kyocera QCP-6035 and the Siemens-Nixdorf's variation of the Indy.

And yes, the CM-2 would be nice for me, too ;-)

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Unread postby robespierre » Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:36 pm

You could at least fit the CM-200 in a normal office. Although the KSR-1 is much rarer I think.
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Re: What extremely rare (non-prototype) computers do you wish you could find?

Unread postby kramlq » Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:15 pm

jimmer wrote:Not sure if this is 'extremely' rare, but I'd be chuffed to find a MIPS-based Sony NWS workstation in the UK. There used to be one at my university in Amsterdam many many moons ago. A one-off purchase or 'donation' to the faculty I was studying at. I guess there might be a market for them in Japan, but here in Europe I've never seen one appear on any of the various online auction houses.

A B2K would be fun too, but that's definitely a 'prototype' so not really what the OP is asking for.

Very very occasionally an NWS will appear on eBay UK, but they are indeed rare. I think I've seen two in 10 years. The last one I saw had a jury rigged uncased transformer used to power it that I think the seller warned had exposed parts with lethal voltages. I passed on it :-)

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Re: What extremely rare (non-prototype) computers do you wish you could find?

Unread postby surrealdeal » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:08 pm

It would probably have to be:

pdp-11
symbolics or perq LISPM
whatever state of the art z/series machine ibm currently offers with all processors unlocked

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Unread postby tomvos » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:47 pm

A symbolics mouse and keyboard as well as the adapter to connect it to my MacIvory III.
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Unread postby japes » Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:11 am

Onyx Deskside, with R10ks for giggles, but I'm not to particular.
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Re: What extremely rare (non-prototype) computers do you wish you could find?

Unread postby Oskar45 » Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:55 am

Raion-Fox wrote:Honestly though, I'm far more interested in rare games

Which ones? I've quite a few old DOS stuff [including one where - due to a bug - I'd to guess the password to get the next level].
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Re: What extremely rare (non-prototype) computers do you wish you could find?

Unread postby commodorejohn » Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:00 am

A Lisp machine, a machine based on one of the Forth chips, or an original HP 3000-series (pre-PA-RISC-emulation-thereof) would be interesting to mess around with.
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Re: What extremely rare (non-prototype) computers do you wish you could find?

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:32 am

Oskar45 wrote:Which ones? I've quite a few old DOS stuff [including one where - due to a bug - I'd to guess the password to get the next level].


Not DOS games. PC-9821 games like the first five Touhou games, Policenauts etc. Would be cool as would be a number of the prototype and experimental games like the D2 that was supposed to run on the Panasonic M2
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Re: What extremely rare (non-prototype) computers do you wish you could find?

Unread postby robespierre » Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:30 am

commodorejohn wrote:a machine based on one of the Forth chips

You can still get GreenArrays devboards and chips, but I'm not sure how much longer they are going to be around: the collective yawn from the industry was pretty shocking.
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Re: What extremely rare (non-prototype) computers do you wish you could find?

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:24 pm

tomvos wrote:A symbolics mouse and keyboard as well as the adapter to connect it to my MacIvory III.


Why? The Mac keyboard and mouse work fine and can (with a little effort) simulate all the Symbolics keys. Unless it's for historical veracity, and if so, you have my full support. :mrgreen:

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Re: What extremely rare (non-prototype) computers do you wish you could find?

Unread postby smj » Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:38 pm

jimmer wrote:Not sure if this is 'extremely' rare, but I'd be chuffed to find a MIPS-based Sony NWS workstation in the UK.

Oh, I wouldn't mind one of the earlier 68k-based models. Had them at a former job, didn't get to use them much but they appeared to run a very "true" BSD variant.
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