Hardest to Find Classic Computers

From: Sellam Ismail <foo_at_siconic.com>
Date: Mon Dec 17 15:23:51 2001

On Sun, 16 Dec 2001, William Donzelli wrote:

> 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.

No, I didn't know you had any (or maybe I did but have since forgotten).
I forgot the guy's name. He was in New Jersey.

> 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).

I've read many stories about how poor Sphere's were, which is why they
didn't last very long. Stan Veit's book has a good account of their
kludgy nature and vapory marketing.

Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
International Man of Intrigue and Danger http://www.vintage.org
Received on Mon Dec 17 2001 - 15:23:51 GMT

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