rarest computers. was: RE: Xerox Alto Restoration + Emulation

From: Jules Richardson <julesrichardsonuk_at_yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Tue Aug 3 06:25:23 2004

On Mon, 2004-08-02 at 22:43, Tony Duell wrote:
> > Acorn System 5 (maybe 20 or so left worldwide?)
> I have one.

Yes, but you have one of everything :-)

Actually, IME ex-employees from the various hardware companies often
seem to have stuff hidden away in storage from their days with the
company, and have almost forgotten about it - as it's there just as a
memento of their time there, rather than something that they consider

In other words, it's hard to give estimates on surviving numbers of what
were always uncommon machines, just because I get the impression there's
a lot that'll never see daylight again until they end up as landfill...

> > Torch Quad X (I don't know of any others left)
> I have one of those as well, missing a few trivial bits like the PSU
> output cable. I do haev the mainboard, PSU, drives, etc.

Any install media? That's one thing I don't have, so the machine's
shelved until I can work out a good way of being able to back the drive
up and restore it if needs be. I've actually got two QX's and a memory
expansion board, but one CPU board is duff.

> > Torch Triple X workstation (maybe 30 of those around?)
> I have a few, including one with a Quinring (5 slot VME expansion slice)
> on top.

The quinring's aren't common. The Torch Primagraphics workstation has
one, plus I think I have one spare which isn't attached to a machine. If
you ever need keyboards or mice, shout - I have around 15 of the
critters :-)

I've got 5 complete Triple X machines I think, plus a couple of spare
boards, plus a prototype Triple X. Again, I need a good way of dragging
the data off the drives on to modern media; once I've done that I'll
have spare machines that I can give to people.

> > RML 480Z metal-cased system
> And one of those _somewhere_...

I'm not sure how many ended up with the metal cases; a guesstimate would
be somewhere above 50 though. But then 380Z's were common as muck at one
time and all seem to have vanished too.

I found an RML advert in an old comp magazine at Bletchley of a pair of
cream 480Z's along with a *white* 380Z at the weekend. I'm assuming it
was a mock-up as I've never known of a white 380Z before.


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