Reale-Rydell Computer Museum

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More pictures from inside the museum

East and north ends of the museum (click pix for larger view).

West and south ends of the museum (click pix for larger view)

A Select list of the machines on display, by manufacturer:

(A large number of others and spares are in storage and not refurbished).

Here is Pneuman, the newest addition to the museum and its mascot.

Pneuman is a HERO-1 robot, manufactured by Heathkit in the early 80's.

HERO-1 had a 6808 CPU running at 1 mHz, 4K of RAM and 8K of ROM. This model has all the the voice and motion sensor extensions and will eventually greet guests to the museum, singing "Daisy."

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  • Acorn
    Archimedes 3000 (1989), a 32 bit RISC machine running 4/8 mHz.
  • Altos
    ACS-8000 (1979), an S-100 bus machine (needing a serial terminal) running at about 4 mHz.
    ACS-580 586 (1981), a multi-user machine using a Z 80A CPU (3.5 mHz).
  • Amstrad
    CPC 464 (1984-1990), CPU was a Zilog Z 80 (4mHz), a game machine for the UK. It ran AMSDOS or CP/M and has Locomotive Basic built in.
    PPC-640 (1980's?) a portable with small orange screen running some kind of DOS.
  • Apple
    Apple II (two versions) (1977 for the II and 1984 for the IIc), ran basic.
    Apple III (1980), CPU ran at 2 mHz, conceived as a business machine.
    Lisa 2 (1983), ran Lisa OS or Mac OS, CPU was 5 mHz.LIke the Apple III, it was a business machine.
    Macintosh 512K (1984), small footprint PC, CPU ran at 7.83 mHz and used graphic interface derived from Xerox PARC Alto (originally cost $2500).
    Macintosh LC II (1992), really not historically valuable, but I included it because of the sleek industrial design of the CPU cabinet (16 mhz, 68030 CPU with 4 mb ram)pix
  • ARGO
    Russian computer from 1993 (I know nothing about this machine), pix
  • ASCI
    System X (1981), single board (with cool plastic and wood case) with S-100 architecture.
  • Atari
    520ST (1985), CPU ran at 8mHz, first good games, lots of music software.
    800XL (1982), ran Atari Basic, CPU ran at 1.78 mHz, a game machine with 16 colors.
  • Citadel IR Touch Screen Computer: water proof, bomb proof with 386 CPU and Dos in flash memory.
  • Coleco
    Adam (80's?), moderately successful game machine.
  • Commodore
    PET 4032 with dual disk drives (1980), had monitor built in, popular with schools.
    Vic-20 (1981), CPU ran at 1 mHz, really a game machine.
    Plus 4 (1984), CPU ran at .89 mHz or 1.76.
    HC 40 PC SPecial (late 80's?), another DOS desktop.
    Amiga 1000 (mid 1985), a breakthrough machine with multitasking, sound, CPU ran at 7.16 mHz.
    Amiga 500 (games?)
    Amiga 1200 (1992), AGA graphics, CPU ran at 14.32 mHz, specialized graphics chips.
    4000T (1992), the ultimate Amiga featuring 24 bit color and the fastest internet browser in my museum.
    C64 and portable SX-64 (1982), one of the most successful game machines of all time. Amiga really killed it. It was cheap ($595). SX was a portable business machine with color display, CPU ran at 1 mHz.
  • Compaq
    Portable III, lighter luggable running DOS.
    Thin Client (2000), last product really made by Compaq before Carly Fiorina HP raid.
  • Computone
    Business machine (1980?), I don't know a thing.
  • Corona
    Business luggable (I think it runs DOS, but no luck in a boot as yet).
  • CPT Phoenix Jr.(early 80's?), Z80 based desktop, probably runing CPM, pix
  • Data Science
    8-bit computer (1978), had a nonstandard keyboard with templates with macros (mainly a business machine).
  • Datavue
    Datavue 25 (1985) portable which had a 25-line screen and 5 1/4 disk drive. Detached keyboard had infared connection. It was somewhat PC compatible (particularly in later versions). It would run DOS but not IBM Basic.
  • Digital Equipment
    PDP 11/73 (1970's), venerable machine in a venerable line. It ran Basic, Fortran, and just about anything else.
    VAX 3100 (80's), ran Berkeley Unix and was a compact version of workhorse professional and science machines until the Alpha.
  • Eagle
    Eagle II (1980), another CP/M business machine originally manufactured by Audio Visual, pix.
  • Elektronika
    CIP-04 (1992), the cold war was over, look at this Russian dinosaur.
  • Epson
    QX-10 (1982), one of my personal favorites, it had a Zilog Z80-A, monochrome display, but really good business and educational software, pix.
    PX-8 (1984), nifty business portable recording data on microcassette (ran Basic)
  • Franklin
    Ace 1200 (Apple II clone) (1983), CPU ran at 1.022 mHz, not fully Apple II compatible, but very well built, pix.
    PC-8000 (1980's?), runs an early version of DOS (like an XT).
  • Fujitsu
    OASYS-30 (1980's?) an All-In-One luggable with printer and a Japanese version of DOS (nonstandard KB).
    Poqet PC (1989), Fujitsu bought the company that makes this well designed DOS pocket PC. Two PCMCIA slots for flash ROM or RAM cards. I also have a pocket modem (E-Tech) and data link that goes with this computer.
  • Heathkit
    H 89 (1979), another Zilog Z 80 running HDOS or CP/M, pix.
  • Hewlett-Packard
    HP 9845B (1979-80), a complete desktop machine with monitor in many configurations which could be programmed in Basic. It featured two CPU's: an LPU (logic processing unit) which processed Basic, and a PPU (peripheral procesing unit) which dealt with I/O processes. It originally sold for $28,000. pix.. More details on this interesting machine can be found at Joe's HP 9845 Computer Page.
    HP 96lX (late 80's), a pocket DOS computer that is also a scientific, plotting calculator.
    HP-110 (1984), a real portable running DOS, CPU speed was 5.33. mHz (I have had power supply problems with this one).
    HP-86 (1982), a business machine running Basic.
    HP-2100 (late 70's to 90's), an S-100 workhorse that could run Windows. I needs a serial terminal for display.
  • Husky Computers
    Husky Hunter (1984), a military gem: waterproof, bomb proof, and heavy. It ran most Basic programs and could be attached to a serial terminal.
  • IBM
    System 23 (1979-81), multiple user micro with Basic built in pix.
    PC-Portable, 5155 (1984), a luggable running PC-DOS (a cool boat anchor).
    5150 (1981), the professional version of the venerable PC: CPU ran at 4.77 mHz.
    PC Junior (late 1983), a commercial failure. Everything was proprietary, but I have a soft spot for this maverick machine.
    Dual boot (l980's?) big mini that could run CP/M and DOS, via two different processors.
    5140 Convertible (1986), IBM's first all-in-one laptop with two 3.5 inch floppy drives. It was basically a portable XT that ran an Intel 8088 4.77mHz processor. Memory was upgradable to 512K, and ports and a printer could be attached to the rear.
  • Informer 131S-K terminal, pix.
    I know next to nothing about this kinky, wooden case terminal.
    8080 (end of 1975 or later, depending on whom you believe). It may or my not be a clone of the Altair 8800. It was much better built and achieved famed in the movie War Games, , pix.
  • Interactive
    Serial LCD Terminal, (1990, designed for interactive tv) with 8051 CPU and 1200 baud modem.
  • Intercolor
    NASA Apollo mission machine (late 70's). I don't know a thing until I get special power cord.
  • Kaypro
    Robie (1984), CPU is Z80A running at 4mHz. Machine was notorious for eating up floppies (essentialy a desktop Kaypro 4).
    2000 (1980's?), very cool laptop design. Machine ran DOS.
    Kaypro II (1982), another X80 running at 2.5 mHz. This is the typical luggable with 9" monochrome screen.
    The collection has all the other luggables in this seies, but they are not displayed, pix.
  • Kim
    Kim 1 (1975) single board hobbyist machine (like Sym-1).
  • Laser Electronics
    Laser 50 (1980's?), nifty compact to learn Basic.
    Laser 128 EX (1988), best Apple II clone made: CPU ran at 3.6 mhz. I was marketed in the Sears group of stores.
  • Magnavox
    Videowriter (1983), well designed all-in-one word processor.
  • Mattel
    Aquarius (1983), compact game machine with another Zilog Z80A CPU
  • Mead Data
    UBIQ terminal (1979) for autodial to the LexisNexis onine legal service (1200 baud)., pix.
  • Metra
    386SX, (1988) ran DOS 6 and had both sizes of floppy drives.
  • Micro Switch
    Hobbyist computer kit (1973).
  • NEC
    PC-6001A, (1981) had a 3.8 mhz CPU with 16kb ram and had Microsoft N60 Basic on board, pix.
    CP/M-86 Advanced Personal Computer, (1985) ran DOS and CP/M, pix.
  • NeXT
    Color Turbo Slab (late 80's), machine on which internet browsers were developed by Berners-Lee of CERN. NexTstep is a basis of Mac OS X.
  • Nixdorf LK-3000 (1975) an early pocket computer with LED readout.
    Programs were stored on insertable cartridges.
  • Olivetti
    PCS 11 (1983), a DOS machine from Europe.
  • Osborne
    Osborne 1 (1981), another of my favorites, ran CP/M with tiny screen. Later Executive model had more refinements, pix
  • Otrona
    Attache (1983), arguably the world's smallest luggable at that time, 4 mHz Z80 CPU. Machine ran CP/M.
  • Panasonic
    HHC Pocket PC (see Tandy)
    JR-200U (1983-4) same as Matsushita JR-200U, ran built-in language, JR Basic (36kb ram) pix.
    Executive Partner (1980?), big luggable.
  • Perkin Elmer
    1020 (?), specialized DOS machine to control one of their medical wonders.
  • Piccolo (early 80's?): made transportable CRT enclosures into which one could configure any PC.
    V6A-9 model number, pix.
  • Poisk
    Another mysterious Russian computer from the early 80's. CPU clock speed was 5 mHz, and 128K ram was standard (expandable to 640K). RGB video was limited to 4 colors. Programs were loaded from tape cartridges pix
  • Processor Technology Corp.
    SOL 20 (1976), used an Intel 8080A CPU and could produce characters on a screen. pix
  • Robik
    Robik PC (1990?), I don't know a thing about this Russian curiosity from the old Soviet days.
  • Royal Business
    Corona (1980?), proprietary machine with its own OS and appplications.
  • Sanyo Electronics
    MBC-555 (1984) mostly IBM PC compatible business machine running an 8088 cpu with 128k ram. It ran Sanyo Basic and MS-DOS 1.25 with the usual applications.pix.
  • Selectronics
    PD-100 (personal directory) (1986) smallest pocket computer to date: had 2K memory. pix
  • Sharp
    PC-7000 (1985) lunchbox portable running MS-DOS. It had the world's first LCD screen with backlight pix
  • Silicon Graphics (SGI)
    2400 Turbo (late 80's) big monster running VMUnix. (Skywriter is in storage).
    3120 first real geometry engine machine (Jim Clark's invention while at Xerox PARC). This is a cool fridge, but later SGI machines eclipse it's power.
    Personal Iris (80's?) a transitional machine.
    Indigo (1990?) first RISC machine, first R3000 and later R4000. It will run the most recent SGI OS. Most valuable is "Elan Graphics."
    Onyx/Challenge server DM (1993) multiprocessor R4400 monster. This one came from NASA pix.
  • Dick Smith Electronics
    VZ 300 Colour Computer (early 80's?) an Australian version of the Laser.
  • SONY
    SMC-70 (1982), another Z80-A running CP/M. The design is cool.
    Videotex KTX-1350N Workstation (1990?), all-in-one monitor with disk drives: it is now DOA.
  • Symantics
    SYM-1 (1970's) like the Kim-1.
  • Tadpole
    SPARCBook 3 (90's), tough little Unix laptop running Solaris.
  • Tandy (Radio Shack)
    Color Computer, TRS-80 (1980), 9 color graphic mode and the beginning of an extremely successful range of home machines.
    Color Computer 2 (1983), ditto.
    1000HX, an IBM DOS PC running an 8088 cpu at 4.77mHz (rel. 1984).
    PC-3 pocket PC (late 80's) like the Panasonic, a glorified calculator.
    Tandy 1400FD (1991), laptop with NEC V-20 processor (like 8088) that ran DOS.
  • TEI (Alpha Micro Systems)
    S-100 monster (1979?), another S-100 machine. When I get a boot disk, I will know more
  • Tektronix
    TC-2000 portable PC (1980's?): I don't have a clue about this machine.
  • Televideo
    TS 1603 (1983) 16 bit, 8088 CPU, 128K ram: ran CP/M. pix
  • Texas Instruments
    TI99/4A (1984), very successful cartridge game machine.
    TI Compact 40 (1983), business oriented handheld pix.
  • Timex
    Sinclair 1000 (1982), another Zilog Z80A. This machine sold for less than $100 and was a runaway success. It had 2K of ram, and a memory expansion module was available.
    Sinclair 1500 (1983), even more powerful version with 16K of ram and a better keyboard. pix.
  • Toshiba
    T100 (1980's?), small desktop, 8 bit machine running a Z80A CPU at 4 mHz The machine ram CP/M as well as T-Basic.
  • Videotel
    Minitel (?) compact portable terminal for phone line use.
  • V-TECH
    I.Q., all-in-one computer with 12 built in programs, like word processor, basic, spreadshet, etc. from the late 80's, pix
  • Wang
    8080 Single board (1978), like the Kim-1.
    Portable (1980's) a DOS machine.
  • Xerox
    820-II (1983), successor to the 820 with 4 mHz cpu. Versatile in the it ran CP/M, Basic in various forms, C, COBOL, which made it a choice business machine. My particular model came with dual 5 1/4" and 8" drives pix.
    6060 (1984), very sturdy DOS machine in an attempt to play catchup after the marketing failure of the 8010 Star.
  • Zenith
    Pocket PC (late 80's) another compact DOS machine.

  • Reale-Rydell's Antique Computer wish list:

  • 1. Xerox Alto (with working monitor).
  • 2. Ohio Scientific Challenger III.
  • 3. Pristine Mac G4 Cube with all peripherals.
  • 4. Vector Graphics Vector 1.
  • 5. Mark-8 minicomputer.

  • Updated: December 1, 2012.