Photos: Hardware Hoarders - Your old computers (PART 3)


Kerry Hoskins c. 1989 Amstrad ALT286

Kerry Hoskins c. 1989 Amstrad ALT286

Here Kerry offers us a closer inspection of his Amstrad ALT286, by comparison to the Acoustic Couplers "a spring chicken, dating to around 1989. This was connected up to a particle sizer to do boffin work." Like the Couplers, it's kept just in case it's needed again...


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Nice! Seeing all these old computer models amazes me how far we’ve reached when it comes to computers. From big old monitors to flat screens, from keyboards to touch screens. We sure are moving forward towards reaching a new era of technological development. And not just that, we are also making advancements when it comes to computer software. That’s why, if you ever decide to buy a new or used computer, always choose the one with updated software. That way, you’ll get the most out of your chosen gadget.


Intel MDS for sell.?


Heh, my first taste of IBM-flavour computing was via a 386 model of one of these that my dad sometimes brought home from work ... objectively a clunky horrible thing, but it seemed positively futuristic at the time, all except for the monochrome screen, vs our Atari...