Mator Shark pics

From: Adrian Vickers <>
Date: Fri Jan 10 04:37:01 2003

At 06:45 10/01/2003, you wrote:

>Adrian Vickers said:
> > OK, "pic" would be a better description....
> >
> >
> > There's a picture of the whole thing here:
> >
> >
> >
>Whoa! That's one lovely piece of machinery!

It's magnificent, isn't it? It's a hard-disk, and it's damn pround of
itself (hence the size & noise, I think).

> Is the 710 yours ?

Yep. I was going to test it with an 8032, but I had the 710's keyboard out
for a repair (note the different coloured "V" key), so I figured I may as
well try it on that & check out the k/b at the same time. Both, I'm happy
to report, seem to work perfectly :)

>I've always thought that Commore PET/CBM series had the weirdest
>unknown peripherals ever.

I suppose because it was one of the first machines to both be widely
available, and which had a reasonably standard IEEE port (I'm not sure what
the Apple had in the way of interfaces). I suspect that if Commodore had
ever got around to a "proper" RS232 interface, the number of bizzare
peripherals would have shot up again.

>When the Finnish importer (only one at the time) went bankrupt in 1991
>I had a chance to go to the clearance auction. I got a few similar
>machines (8296 and 200) and other stuff. The dealer briefly let
>me see a orange/black box, supposedly made in Hungary (or Bulgaria),
>5 MB hardrive for CBM-machines. I didn't inquire further and I'm
>still a bit ticked off about it.

That would have been interesting, but I suppose back in '91, the PET's
weren't sufficiently old to be interesting, they were just superceded.

>Anyone ever heard of Hydra ?

The name rings faint bells, but darned if I can remember why.

Cheers, Ade.
Be where it's at, B-Racing!
Received on Fri Jan 10 2003 - 04:37:01 GMT

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