Hardest to Find Classic Computers

From: William Donzelli <aw288_at_osfn.org>
Date: Sun Dec 16 18:10:27 2001

> Ah yeah. Good pick. That is definitely a rare beast. I've only ever
> known one person who had one (I forgot his name, he used to be on the list
> a few years ago). He sold it off to someone else and then got out of
> collecting computers.

Was that me? I have/had three, but they are promised to go out West. One of
those deals that seems to be taking a very long time, mostly due to me
trying to unearth it all and boxing the stuff up.

Anyway, Sphere aparently was one of the early bad guys. The computers they
sold (many as kits, I think) basically did not work. Unlike Altair, Sphere
was trying to break into the business sector, so there really was not much
of an excuse for the crapiness. They all needed a huge number of hacks to
get them to function (my favorite is a a few-mH coil made of telephone
wire kludged onto one of the oscillators, in order to keep the thing
going. Basically, wrap some wire around a pencil, and tack solder it into
place, and adjust accordingly).

William Donzelli
Received on Sun Dec 16 2001 - 18:10:27 GMT

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