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    Default Less common vintage 8 and 16 bit computers

    Did anyone own a less common 8 or 16 bit computer? Basically anything but the following:

    1. PC compatibles
    2. Sinclair Spectrum
    3. Commodore 64
    4. Commodore Amiga
    5. Amstrad CPC
    6. Amstrad PCW
    7. BBC B and Master
    8. Acorn Archimedes
    9. Apple Mac
    10. Atari ST

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    Can't believe there has been no replies to this one. ..
    I had a few. ..
    Martell Aquarius with its Spectrum like blue keys but a measly 4k memory.
    Sinclair zx81 started me off with computers.
    Dragon 32...loved Cuthbert in the jungle, a pitfall clone.
    Spent many a happy hour typing code in from magazines.

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    I did read somewhere the Dragons were based on the TRS 80.
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    I started with the ZX81, then had a Spectrum....then a PC....which I'm still using ( not the same one obviously ).

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    Maybe nobody has the courage to admit that they owned a Commodore 16 or an Oric Atmos! I was expecting a few owners of Dragon and MSX computers to come forwards. They were far less common than the leading 'quartet' in the 8 bit sector but they were around. Does anybody remember the Enterprise 64 / 128 with its inbuilt joystick and custom graphics and sound chips called Nick and Dave? That was a very classy 8 bit but sadly failed commercially.

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    I think an Enterprise was a top prize on a BBC childrens show, or at least a computer with a keyboard & joystick built in.

    The quiz was to solve a mystery from various clues, with characters with puns in their names, like the local MP being called Polly Ticion.

    Does that ring a bell with anyone?
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    Always wanted a Dragon 32......but there wasn't much software available....nice looking machine tho.

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    I remember one of my Brother's friends had an Apple II when they were quite rare. Never saw it being used though.

    Some schools over here bought them because they had been popular in American schools & had lots of educational software written for them.

    I had an Acorn Electron, basically a simplified BBC Micro. I've still not forgiven my parents for getting rid of it without warning! At least with my Aunt's CBM 128 they talked me into selling that on eBay.
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    My 1st computer was a Commodore VIC20, with its massive 3.5K memory. I added a 16K RAM pack to take it up to a massive 19.5K!! Most games were on plug-in ROM cartridges or if you could afford it, you could buy the tape player which would only work with the VIC20.

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    I didn't realise the VIC20 was that low of memory!

    I had thought a lot of the accessories were also used on the CBM64 & even the older PET.
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