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2-XL Talking Robot Emulator: 2-XL was an educational toy robot by Mego from 1978-1981 and re-released by Tiger from 1992-1995. Games originally came on 8-track tapes and later on cassettes during the re-release. Pressing 2-XL's buttons would change the track, creating a choose your own adventure style path that made it seem as if the toy robot was coming to life.

98.css: 98.css is a CSS library for building interfaces that look like Windows 98.

Amateur Radio Teletype (RTTY): RTTY.COM has been established to focus on the many aspects of Amateur Radio Teletype (RTTY) and to present to the dedicated RTTYer, and to the curious, a location wherein one can find information relating to RTTY and BAUDOT communications.

Archeoplastica (ITA): Il museo degli antichi rifiuti spiaggiati. […] Sfruttare i tantissimi rifiuti spiaggiati che hanno anche più di cinquant’anni per portare l’osservatore a riflettere da un’altra prospettiva sul problema inquinamento plastica nel mare. Un museo virtuale dove osservare tutti i reperti e acquisire informazioni e tante mostre, soprattutto nelle scuole, dove poter vedere dal vivo ciò che il mare ci ha restituito.

Arduino core memory shield: The kit is designed to be mounted on top of an Arduino board, but any 5 V microcontroller can be used. The processor drives the address, enable and write lines and monitors the read line. On the shield a set of 4000 series CMOS logic chips 1 decodes the address and turns on the drive transistors. Both the logic and the ferrite cores run on 5 volts 2 .

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C-64 charset logo generator: Using fonts ripped from lots of Commodore 64 demos of old, you can now add some 8 bit fun and frolics to your products. Simply choose a font, type in your texts, change colours as needed and save a PNG of your logo in either real resolution or double size.

Callisto 2: Fully Printable Retro Computer by LowBudgetTech. NO SCREWS. NO GLUE. SNAPS TOGETHER! A full-sized retro inspired computer you can print on the Prusa Mini!

Cameron's World: A love letter to the Internet of old. Cameron's World is a web-collage of text and images excavated from the buried neighbourhoods of archived GeoCities pages (1994–2009).

CED Magic - The RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc Web Site: This web site pertains to Capacitance Electronic Discs or CED's, a consumer video format on grooved vinyl discs that was marketed by RCA in the 1980's. This is the home site for the RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc FAQ and the CED Title Database. Additional information on the RCA VideoDisc System will appear here as it is prepared.

Christopher Johnson's ASCII Art Collection: Christopher Johnson's ASCII Art Collection was revealed to the Internet in November of 1994, back when Netscape 1.0 was “soooo much better than Mosaic” and Internet Explorer didn't exist yet. Can you believe it? 24 years later, and and this site is still here!

cool-retro-term: cool-retro-term is a terminal emulator which mimics the look and feel of the old cathode tube screens. It has been designed to be eye-candy, customizable, and reasonably lightweight.

Collapse OS: Winter is coming and Collapse OS aims to soften the blow. It is a z80 kernel and a collection of programs, tools and documentation that allows you to assemble an OS that can: Run on minimal and improvised machines. Interface through improvised means (serial, keyboard, display). Edit text files. Compile assembler source files for a wide range of MCUs and CPUs. Read and write from a wide range of storage devices. Replicate itself.

DEC Mini: A 3D-printable, fully working, customizable computer inspired by one of the loveliest retro computers of the 80s. The long-awaited new DEC Mini is the latest iteration of the DEC1 business computers that set an industry standard starting with the VT-series terminals in the 70s.

DITHERTRON: This interactive web-based tool converts full-color images to full-screen 8-bit retro formats, performing cropping, resizing, palette selection, and dithering.

Docubyte - Guide to Computing: A visual history of computing .1945-1979.

Docubyte - I am a computer: Icons of beige.

ELIZA Talking: «E.L.I.Z.A. Talking» is a project to explore the capabilities of client-side speech I/O in modern browsers. The project features Joseph Weizenbaum's famous ELIZA program, which demoed the thrills of a natural language conversation with a computer for the very first time. Joseph Weizenbaum (1923–2008) was an important pioneer in computer technologies and became later well known for his critique of technological progress. His program is presented here in the famous VT100 terminal, which was introduced in 1978 and became soon a universal standard. It provided many users their first ex­po­sure to interactive computing — an experience that might not have been far from what a real chat with a computer would mean today.

Escuela Superior de Informatica - UCLM: 3D Blender retro computer models.

I made a miniature IBM 1401 Datacentre scale model, handmade scratch build, no 3D printing here!: Hello! This is my IBM 1401 Datacentre, I am finally done with this model, after about 6 month of working a few hours every week. This is entirely made by hand using polystyrene mostly, scratch build, no 3D printing or kit bashing involved. Home of the first website.

LabGuy's World: The History of Video Tape Recorders before Betamax and VHS: Find out where that VCR in your living room came from. Read about video hardware that has been extinct a very long time. At LabGuy's World, you can tour the virtual museum, flip through the catalog of extinct video recorders and cameras, browse the time line of video recording history, figure out how to hook up that gnarly antique you just bought at a yard sale AND much, much more!

Macintosh Paper Craft: To have your own Mac all you need is a printer, a sheed of paper and some glue.

Magic-1: Magic-1 is a completely homebuilt minicomputer. It doesn't use an off-the-shelf microprocessor, but instead has a custom CPU made out of 74 Series TTL chips. Altogether there are more than 200 chips in Magic-1 connected together with thousands of individually wrapped wires. And, it works. Not only the hardware, but a full software stack. There's a ANSI C cross-compiler for Magic-1 (retargeted LCC), a fully multi-user, multi-tasking port of the Minix 2 operating system. a TCP/IP stack and hundreds of programs.

Make It With Punched Cards: Punched cards, the computer age scrap, have sparked the imaginations of people who enjoy doing handicrafts. These plentiful cards, with their tiny holes, are ideal for making a variety of things. Combined with tiny Italian lights, reflecting on and through the holes, the punched cards make decorations that literally sparkle and glow!

Mass Made Soul: In a world where technological products tend toward either the minimal and sterile or the self-consciously baroque, Mass Made Soul is devoted to products that exhibit lively characters (without being kitschy one-liners), and which reward repeated viewing, touching, providing pleasure and little surprises over long periods of time. Our focus is on true mass-manufactured products, not one-off or art pieces, or very low volume or hand-made products.

Megaprocessor: The Megaprocessor is a micro-processor built large. Very large. Like all modern processors the Megaprocessor is built from transistors. It's just that instead of using teeny-weeny ones integrated on a silicon chip it uses discrete individual ones like those below. Thousands of them. And loads of LEDs.

Molecular Expressions: The Silicon Zoo: Ever wonder what's lurking within the dark corners, nooks and crannies of your computer? Is some gremlin responsible for all those crashes—you know, the ones that happen when you are trying to save that critical document you've been working on so diligently for the past three hours? We wondered too, so we took a look to see what we could find. And guess what? When we put the computer chips under the microscope we found some very interesting creatures hiding there.

MOnSter 6502: A dis-integrated circuit project to make a complete, working transistor-scale replica of the classic MOS 6502 microprocessor.

Motherboard Graphics by Ron Reuter: Below are my graphics that I have completed so far of various “Retro” systems.

mu:zines - Music Magazine Archive: mu:zines is a non-commercial, labour-of-love archive project to collect, scan and re-publish old music production magazines in an accessible, and searchable form, for reference and general interest purposes.

Naval History and Heritage Command: The First “Computer Bug”.

NES.css: NES.css is NES-style (8bit-like) CSS Framework.

OpenSX70: The openSX70 is many things at once, but, in a nutshell, openSX70 is a open source project that aims to take the SX70 beyond what is possible now. The project aims to make an Arduino-based replacement PCB to gain manual camera control, Bluetooth/app camera control and much more. At the same time the project aims to be a hub of all things SX70 related, with documents and tips, repairs or hacks, like the electronic modification of your camera to accept 600-ISO film.

Pocket Calculator Show: Pocket Calculator Show is our effort to provide and share memories and information on popular consumer electronics of the ’70s and ’80s, what we define as the “Golden Age” of electronics.

Real Programmers Don't Use PASCAL: Back in the good old days – the `Golden Era' of computers, it was easy to separate the men from the boys (sometimes called Real Men and Quiche Eaters in the literature)…

Rocky Bergen: Papercraft Models.

Rootless Root - The Unix Koans of Master Foo: The discovery of the collection of koans known as the Rootless Root, apparently preserved for decades in the dry upper air of the Western Mountains, has ignited great controversy in scholarly circles. Are these authentic documents shedding new light on the teaching of the early Unix patriarchs? Or are they clever pastiches from a later age, commanding the authority of semi-mythical figures such as the Patriarchs Thompson, Ritchie and McIlroy for doctrines which evolved closer to our own era?

Silicon Pr0n: Integrated circuit die images and info.


Starring the Computer: Starring the Computer is a website dedicated to the use of computers in film and television. Each appearance is catalogued and rated on its importance (ie. how important it is to the plot), realism (how close its appearance and capabilities are to the real thing) and visibility (how good a look does one get of it). Fictional computers don't count (unless they are built out of bits of real computer), so no HAL9000 - sorry.

System.css: System.css is a CSS library for building interfaces that resemble Apple's System OS which ran from 1984-1991. Design-wise, not much really changed from System 1 to System 6; however, this library is based on System 6 as it was the final monochrome version of macOS.

Teletext Viewer

Telnet BBS Guide: The Telnet BBS Guide is the largest active listing of Dial-Up and Telnet accessible Bulletin Board Systems on the Internet!

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - 30th Anniversary Edition: There was a time when computer games didn't have graphics. Or at least they couldn't have graphics and sound at the same time. They certainly couldn't have graphics, sound and enough content to keep even a human being amused for more than a few minutes. So they had text…

The Glider: A Universal Hacker Emblem: When you put the glider emblem on your web page, or wear it on clothing, or display it in some other way, you are visibly associating yourself with the hacker culture. This is not quite the same thing as claiming to be a hacker yourself — that is a title of honor that generally has to be conferred by others rather than self-assumed. But by using this emblem, you express sympathy with hackers' goals, hackers' values, and the hacker way of living.

The Jargon File: This is the Jargon File, a comprehensive compendium of hacker slang illuminating many aspects of hackish tradition, folklore, and humor. This page indexes all the WWW resources associated with the Jargon File and its print version, The New Hacker's Dictionary. It's as official as anything associated with the Jargon File gets.

The Malware Museum: The Malware Museum is a collection of malware programs, usually viruses, that were distributed in the 1980s and 1990s on home computers. Once they infected a system, they would sometimes show animation or messages that you had been infected. Through the use of emulations, and additionally removing any destructive routines within the viruses, this collection allows you to experience virus infection of decades ago with safety.

The Million Dollar Homepage: Own a piece of internet history!

The Old Robot's Web Site

The Original 5¼" Disc Sleeve Archive: We currently have sleeves!

The Sounds of Dialup Modems and Related Equipment: The good old dialup modem. The bread and butter of internet access, of transacting data through simple plain old telephone wires. While the majority pay no real attention to how such a device works and just merely use it - I spent some time of my own building up collections of different modems and recording their signals. It turns out - there's some subtle differences between modems, and there's a whole plethora of different connection modulations which sound different. Throughout time - the pursuit for speed has changed the generally accepted modulation in use - where today, we reach our final dial up modulation - V.92. I only just recently changed from dialup to ADSL, and saw it befitting to present this collection of dialup sounds as a tribute to the dialup modem.

The Teletext Archaeologist: A visual and interactive teletext history - This website covers efforts to recover teletext pages from television programmes recorded on regular domestic videotape and other methods.

Things Every Hacker Once Knew: by Eric S. Raymond. Visual Transistor-level Simulation of the 6502 CPU.

XP.css: XP.css is an extention of 98.css. A CSS library for building interfaces that look like old UIs.

ZDoom: ZDoom is a source port for the modern era, supporting current hardware and operating systems and sporting a vast array of user options. Make Doom your own again!

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