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Where is the UK's oldest working PC?

Computer Weekly has teamed up with Toshiba to offer two top-of-the-range Tecra 9000 laptop computers to the readers who can track...

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Computer Weekly has teamed up with Toshiba to offer two top-of-the-range Tecra 9000 laptop computers to the readers who can track down the oldest working computer and the oldest working Toshiba mobile PC in the UK.

So investigate the origins of the dusty PC in the corner of the office or the long-forgotten Toshiba laptop tucked away in the attic.

To win the Tecra 9000 in the oldest PC category you simply have to be the person who sends in details of the oldest working computer. This must be an electronic computer, so please don't send in details of that old abacus you have got stashed away.

The other Tecra 9000 will go to the person who has the oldest working Toshiba laptop. The first Toshiba notebook was the T1100, which hit the market in 1985. If you have one of these it is definitely worth dropping us a line.

To enter the competition e-mail cwxtra@rbi.co.uk. Remember to include the model of the computer, the year it was made, where it is and all your contact details. In the subject area of the e-mail please put "oldest PC" or "Toshiba mobile PC", depending on which category you are entering.

The prize: Toshiba Tecra 9000
The Tecra 9000 is equipped with a complete range of integrated wireless and connectivity technologies. It has a magnesium silver design, is extremely robust and is designed to reduce failure rates. Core Tecra benefits have been enhanced by a shared software image and common docking solutions and accessories, while state-of-the-art expansion options mean it is able to take advantage of future technologies as they become available.

Rules and conditions
1. Only one entry will be accepted per office or household.

2. If more than one entry has a computer or laptop of the same age, a winner
will be picked at random. The two winning entries will be verified.

3. The competition is open to all readers of Computer Weekly with the exception of the staff of Reed Business Information, any printers employed by them or near relatives of such staff.

4. The closing date for entries is 12 noon, Friday 8 March 2002.

5. The decision of the editor on the interpretation of the rules and conditions and on all matters will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.
This was first published in January 2002

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