Classic Home Computers

Classic Home Computers from the Eighties.

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Classic Home Computers

Classic Home Computers from the Eighties.

Compukit UK101

My first computer. The Compukit UK101 started life in the UK, in the eighties, a unique period in the history of computing. It was sold in kit form and was sort of a clone of the Ohio Scientific Superboard II, from the other side of the atlantic. A full qwerty keyboard, 6502 8bit motorola CPU and 4K static RAM.

Wren Executive

A rare beauty from the 80’s. This particular unit was build in October 1985. I purchased it new at the time, during a trip to London. In the garage for the past 25 years but still in good shape with floppy's and manuals.

The Wren executive is a transportable microcomputer, designed in England by Transam Microsystems Ltd and sold by Wren Computers Limited. The CPU is a Z80 and it came with CP/M Plus. The nice thing about the Wren was the fact that it offered a CP/M transportable micro with built in BBC Basic, a very nice amber CRT screen, cherry keyboard, two 5.1/4 floppy drives, Prestel compatible auto-dial modem, color output on external monitor, game pads, RS232, Centronics and an interface for an external Winchester hard drive.

It was sold with a lot of software, including an word processor, database and calc from Perfect Software House.

 

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