First updates of the new year - more bumf and pictures about the Atari 400 and 1200XL
15 Jan 2004
Biiiiig update coming up after my 2 day round trip to see the opening of a new exhibit at the Museum of Computing in Swindon's Bath University. Several new inhabitants have arrived including BinarySaurs' 400th machine, a Microvax I kindly donated by John Gartland :) Not many of these about since most people upgraded to MicroVAX IIs. Hopefully it'll power up OK. Also in the haul was a box of Microtan 65 bits kindly donated by Dave Maddocks - thanks Dave! Next up was a visit to see Nick Toop, aka the man behind the Acorn Atom and 'Nick' the graphics chip in the Enterprise 64 amongst other things, as he kindly offered to look at my Atom and sort it out - many thanks Nick! Great to see a professional at work. Last but by no means least was a visit to long-time collector and ex-webhost of mine Kevan Heydon to help him slim his collection a bit :) I'm now home to an Ohio Superboard II, Memotech RS128 with FDX floppy drive, boxed NeXT Station (yay!), another Microtan 65, Osborne 1 and an oddity by Cambridge Systems Technology called the Thor - essentially a Sinclair QL with an upgraded operating system, case and floppy drive. Thanks Kevan! Pages and pictures to follow!
19 Jan 2004
Bugger. In trying to 'borrow' the RS232 interface in the not-surprisingly dead Memotech RS128 I got last week I discover that Memotech have soldered everything together instead of using edge connectors......cost cutting I s'pose. This means the extra 64K of RAM and said RS232 board are well stuck to the main board unless I get out the soldering iron. Bugger.
Just because I can I've updated the Spectrum+ 128K page with new pictures and bumf, some of which might be correct!
03 Feb 2004
What little info I have on my CST Thor is now up, any more will be muchos appreciated! More coming soon about the Sharp MZ80B I got last week once I sort its tape drive out - one of the rubber wheels has melted! I've also updated the Mattel page with more pictures and info, particularly on the Aquarius.
04 Feb 2004
Postie brings a box full of stuff from Matt Petty - Merlin Tonto manuals, microdrive carts, the 'Messaging' subsystem ROM cart and docs. Where the hell did I put my Tonto?! (I know, I know - ask the Lone Ranger :o))
09 Feb 2004
Yay! Courtesy of Mike Tomlinson and the Astrophysics Research Institute of Liverpool John Moores University I now have a Digital Alpha 3000-300LX, which was the machine I taught myself DEC OSF/1 installation/upgrade/maintenance on back in the mid-90s. Hopefully it'll make a nice webserver for BinarySaurs :) Thanks to Mike and everyone involved!
23 Feb 2004
Many updates, particularly in the Adverts section, Acorn Atom section and others. Check the Inhabitants page for latest updates date!
11 Mar 2004
Many thanks to Don Jacobs over at BT for more books about the BT Merlin Tonto, as well as a couple of branded Tonto Microdrive storage boxes that I didn't know existed :)
15 Mar 2004
Several new arrivals at BinarySaurs Towers today - a CBM 1541-II floppy drive courtesy of Rich "I own a Dragon Professional prototype, me" Harding, also a load of Intellivision kit including the Computer Adapter and Music Keyboard.
03 Apr 2004
Thanks to my job interview in Newmarket I managed to expand the trip to allow me to pick up a few outstanding donations as well as show my face at RetroBeep in Bletchley Park, so in no particular order I now have an excellent condition Apple ][GS with 2 floppies/keyboard/monitor - thanks to Jon Newson and his wife Chris who also gave me a Lisa lapel badge - Cheers! Next up is a Apple 512K from Stuart Northfield who also gave me a few extra NuBus cards to turbo up my Mac IIfx - thanks Stuart :) Finally is something I've been after for years - a Digital VK100, aka GIGI, a colour graphics terminal from ~1982.
18 Apr 2004
For no other reason apart from 'I could' I decided to wash a CBM PET today. This will be an ongoing series since it's still drying :)
21 May 2004
First update for a bit now that I'm gainfully employed again, and now I've got full out of hours workshop facilities for all that scope and meter based troubleshooting japes :) Anyhoo, latest BinarySaurs arrival is a no-poly boxed TI99/4a, but the more uncommon beige version rather than the black/chrome machine everyone knows....more soon.
12 Jun 2004
Thanks to the PROM reader I've borrowed from work I've managed to dump some of the more interesting EPROMS I got from the old Enterprise factory along with the 16-way programmer and the memory tester. If you've got an opened Enterprise64 BASIC cart you can now substitute things like the TEST ROM or tinker with LISP, PASCAL and ASMON, or even HDOS - the hard disk version of EXDOS 1.2 :)
13 Jun 2004
After a chance phonecall from a friend I've now got my paws on a fat Atari VCS with some boxed games I'd not heard of before. I say 'fat' because the case is a good 3/4" thicker than the normal VCS; also the serial number is just over 70,000. More on that as I find it!
15 Jun 2004
Oh yes! A trip up to the Scottish Borders to see Rich Kilpatrick results in me obtaining his working Acorn Cambridge Workstation as well as a slightly foxed (and parcelforced by the looks of it) prototype Archimedes 540. Many thanks to Richard for letting me have it and also ta to Gavin Saxby for rescuing it in the first place :D
Pix on the way.
21 Jun 2004
Cor! Thanks to Tim Frogatt and his donation to charity I'm now the proud owner of a veritable library of Enterprise stuff, including another EP128 and floppy disks for EXDOS, many many plans, letters, schematics (including the hard drive interface I've got), magazines, brochures including an Elan Enterprise advert and spare parts......but most importantly a working Czech/Hungarian bridgeboard and the much fabled hardware Spectrum Emulator. I've had a massive grin on my face this afternoon while playing Jetpac on an Enterprise - it's got to be seen to be believed so I'll be showing it off at the Classic Gaming Exhibition in Croydon on the 24/25th of July! Hardware pictures to come as soon as I've worked out how to open the case..... I also got a PCML Teledrive unit for the ICL OPD, DEC Rainbow 100 on its own and more Enterprise spares for Rich "ACW workstation" Kilpatrick.
Cheers Tim :)
22 Jun 2004
Here's a good swap for a Sord M5 thanks to Greg Taylor and his son Andrew - 3 Newbrain motherboards and enough keyboard bits to turn my French Newbrain AD into an English one - thanks both!
26 Jun 2004
Yay! Thanks to Roger Ludgate I've now got upwards of 20 Jupiter Ace software titles from both Boldfield (the company that bought the rights after Jupiter Cantab went under) and original Ace titles from the likes of Micromega. Thanks Roger! Just need to find time to load 'em...... Next arrival is the long forgotten Laser 200, aka the Texet TX8000 aka the Dick Smith VZ200 probably aka several other names :) It's a 4K BASIC machine along the lines of the Sord and/or Aquarius and it was equally as successful......more on that as soon as I actually do it.
26 Jul 2004
The first UK Classic Gaming Exhibition is over, and what a blast it was! Literally, since one of my tellies blew up. Everyone had a whale of a time and the place was much busier than I expected it to be. Lots of interest in the Apple Lisa, Commodore 65, SAM Coupe and Vectrex..... There's a preliminary page up here with more updates pending. Those of you interested in seeing the C65 demos will be pleased to hear I've finally worked out the 1581 filesystem so some of them are running.....Roll on next year!
29 Jul 2004
Finally managed to finish the CGE page so head on over using the link in the box below :)
28 Sept 2004
Hells - long time no update! Everything's upside down now that I've moved to the Cambs/Herts border.....here be dragons (and dragon prototypes)....
Finally got a proper work area going so I can do more site updates instead of playing online Unreal Tournament :)
Plenty of new scans soon to appear on the Adverts section, and new entries to the museum are a second Acorn Domesday system to back up my current one (fully working disks I hope!), a BBC Master Turbo and courtesy of Richard Cassidy an Apple Newton Messagepad 120 with dock and loads of extra as well as another Cambridge Z88 with the all-important power supply, extra RAM and the PC-Link cart! Thanks Richard :)
29 Sept 2004
Happy birthday to Mrs Witchy, love ya lots pet!
Slightly less important news, the new scans are up in the Adverts section :)
06 Oct 2004
Helping Tony Firshman clear out his shed of bits has swelled the QL side of things quite nicely, with enough spare parts to hopefully make one working one of: CST RAM/ROM expansion, MEDIC disk interface (and floppy drive), CST floppy interface, CST floppy/SCSI interface, Qonfig interface (the company's still going, fact fans) plus floppy drives that happen to be Enterprise compatible too and other stuff.....thanks Tony :oD
13 Oct 2004
Coming soon: Boxed 512K twin-floppy SAM Coupe and Apple Mac XL, aka Lisa 2/10 with slight tweaks. Marvellous :)
17 Oct 2004
Oops - forgot some new additions courtesy of Gavin Saxby, aka Man Who Rescued My Acorn Workstation - a boxed BBC Robo Bitstik and a Microwriter with manual....anyone remember those? :) Thanks Gavin!
19 Oct 2004
SAM is here and worth it just for the packaging alone; it was sent in its original mailing box from Oct 1991 so the internals would be in A1 condition had parcelfarce not dropped it. I'm pleased we don't pay through the nose for such a service! Hmm.
Also! Picked up the Mac XL from Graham Hallett, it's previous owner, today - thanks for transporting it Graham! Originally a Lisa 1, it's had the Sun Remarketing treatment but came with Lisa OS V3, MacWorks Plus, a Stylewriter II with Localtalk card plus other bits and bobs.....excellent :) More on both of those as soon as I've done it......
20 Oct 2004
Lisa update: happy machine, unhappy memory card. She runs with memory from my other Lisa but won't boot, and looking at the LisaOS disks it seems that they've either been erased or have given up the ghost after 11 years. Good job I can re-create them :) I *think* I can recreate the Macworks Plus disks too....
30 Nov 2004
The best donation for a while has arrived - a boxed Jupiter Ace plus a 2nd machine, unpopulated motherboard and lots of software courtesy of Alex Lindsay....thanks mate :)
Site updates are in progress, more designed to make update life easier for me than anything else.....got to love PHP for that. Mind, since it's several months since I did PHP in anger I'm having to relearn things but hey ho.