My Computer Museum

Last Updated: December 2021

One of the most fortunate things about my move to France, is that it’s given me the chance both to design myself a new office that’s outside of the house, and I’ve placed it in my gîte (outhouse) with a desk crafted to perfection by a friend from antique wood we found in a neighbour’s barn.

This has also given me the space to finally have the computer museum I always wanted.  This is now finished (with space left for some new additions next year).  I thought I would share some photos.  These are all computers that I have used throughout my life, with a few extras that have a nostalgic effect on me.

The main part of the computer museum is on the gîte  mezzanine and includes several cabinets devoted to PDAs (Portable Digital Assistants) which are by far my favourite computer form-factor.

For each computer in the museum I have created label tags detailing the processor speed, memory and storage capacity, display resolution, and what operating system the computer ran on.

Psion Organiser Psion Organiser II XP  Psion Organizer II LZ64
Psion (UK) 1984 Psion (UK) 1986 Psion (UK) 1989
Processor: 0.9 MHz
Memory: 2 KB
Storage: 16 KB DataPak
Display: 80 x 8, Mono
OS: Psion EPOC
Processor: 0.9 MHz
Memory: 16 KB
Storage: 1 MB, DataPak
Display: 80 x 16, Mono
OS: Psion EPOC
Processor: 0.9 MHz
Memory: 64 KB
Storage: 1MB DataPak
Display: 100 x 32, Mono
OS: Psion EPOC

Psion Series 3 Included Accessories
Psion (UK) 1991
Processor: 4.7 MHz
Memory: 256 KB
Storage: 1MB Flash Drive
Display: 240 x 80, Mono
OS: Psion EPOC 16
Psion Fax / Modem

Psion Series 3a Psion Series 3mx
Psion (UK) 1993 Psion (UK) 1998
Processor: 7.68 MHz
Memory: 512 KB
Storage: 1 MB Flash Drive
Display: 480 x 160, Mono
OS: Psion EPOC 16
Processor: 27.648 MHz
Memory: 2 MB
Storage: 2MB Flash Drive
Display: 480 x 160, Mono
OS: Psion EPOC 16

Psion Series 5 Psion Series 5mx
Psion (UK) 1997 Psion (UK) 1999
Processor: 18.432 MHz
Memory: 8 MB
Storage: 6 MB Flash Drive
Display: 640 x 240, Mono
OS: Psion EPOC 32
Processor: 36.864 MHz
Memory: 16 MB
Storage: 10MB Flash Drive
Display: 640 x 240, Mono
OS: Psion EPOC 32

Oregon Scientific Osiris HP Palmtop 320LX
Oregon Scientific (USA) 1999 Hewlett-Packard (USA) 1996
Processor: 18.432 MHz
Memory: 8 MB
Storage: 8MB Flash Drive
Display: 320 x 240, Mono
OS: Psion EPOC 32
Processor: 44 MHz
Memory: 4 MB
Storage: 5 MB Flash Drive
Display: 640 x 240, Mono
OS: Microsoft Windows CE 1.0

Palm TX Microsoft Lumia 550 HTC 7 Pro Light Phone II Punkt MP 02
Palm (USA) 2005 Nokia (FI) 2015 HTC (TW) 2011 Light (USA) 2018 Punkt (CH) 2019
Processor: 312 MHz
Memory: 32 MB
Storage: 128 MB
Display: 320 x 480, 16-bit
OS: Palm OS 5.4
Processor: 1.1 GHz
Memory: 1 GB
Storage: 8 GB
Display: 720 x 1280, 24-bit
OS: Microsoft Windows Phone 7
Processor: 1 GHz
Memory: 512 MB
Storage: 8 GB
Display: 480 x 800, 24-bit
OS: Microsoft Windows Phone 7
Processor: Unknown
Memory: 1 GB
Storage: 8 GB
Display: Unknown, Mono E-Ink
OS: Light OS
Processor: 1.1 GHz
Memory: 2 GB
Storage: 16 GB
Display: 320 x 240, Mono
OS: AOSP 8.1

Gemini PDA Cosmo Communicator
Planet Computers (UK) 2018 Planet Computers (UK) 2019
Processor: 2.6 GHz
Memory: 4 GB
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 2160 x 1080, FHD+
OS: Google Android 7.1
Processor: 2.1 GHz
Memory: 6 GB
Storage: 128 GB
Display: 2160 x 1080, FHD+
OS: Google Android 9

F(x)tec Pro1
F(x)tec (UK) 2019
Processor: 2.45 GHz
Memory: 6 GB
Storage: 128 GB
Display: 2160 x 1080, FHD+
OS: Google Android 9

The next cabinet is for the home computers I loved and used so much in my youth.  These are primarily British computers.

Sinclair ZX81 Cambridge Z88
Sinclair Research (UK) 1981 Cambridge Computer (UK) 1987
Processor: 3.25 MHz
Memory: 1 KB
Storage: Cassette
Display: 256 x 192, Mono
OS: Sinclair BASIC
Processor: 3.27 MHz
Memory: 32 KB
Storage: 128 KB Flash Drive
Display: 640 x 64, Mono
OS: OZ

Sinclair ZX Spectrum Included Accessories
Sinclair Research (UK) 1982
Processor: 3.5 MHz
Memory: 48 KB
Storage: Cassette
Display: 256 x 192, 16-Colour
OS: Sinclair BASIC
ZX Interface 1
ZX Interface 2
ZX Microdrive

Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2
Amstrad (UK) 1987
Processor: 3.5 MHz
Memory: 128 KB
Storage: Cassette
Display: 256 x 192, 16-Colour
OS: Sinclair BASIC

Sinclair QL
Sinclair Research (UK) 1986
Processor: 7.5 MHz
Memory: 128 KB
Storage: 85 KB Microdrive
Display: 512 x 256, 4 or 8 Colour
OS: Sinclair QDOS

Left to right – 5¼-inch floppy disks, a shrink-wrapped copy of Windows 3.1, and the WordPerfect 5.1 word processor I enjoyed using so much in my youth.

Amstrad PPC 640D IBM PC 5150
Amstrad (UK) 1988 IBM (US) 1981
Processor: 4.77 MHz
Memory: 640 KB
Storage: 3.25” Floppy Disks
Display: 320 x 200, Mono
OS: Microsoft DOS 3.3
Processor: 4.77 MHz
Memory: 16 KB
Storage: 5.25” Disk + 20 MB HD
Display: 640 x 200 Mono or 16 Col
OS: Microsoft DOS 1.0

BBC Micro Model B Commodore Amiga 500
Acorn Computers (UK) 1981 Commodore (US) 1987
Processor: 2 MHz
Memory: 32 KB
Storage: 3.25” Floppy Disks
Display: 640 x 256, 8 Colour
OS: Acorn MOS
Processor: 7.16 MHz
Memory: 512 KB
Storage: 3.25” Floppy Disks
Display: 640 x 512, 16-Colour
OS: AmigaDOS 1.34

On the right side of this picture…

MB Vectrex
Milton Bradley (US) 1982
Processor: 1.5 MHz
Memory: 1 KB
Storage: Flash Cartridges
Display: 9” x 11” Vector CRT
OS: Unknown

I will update this page as new items join my collection, and I’m expecting two new keyboard phones in the coming months.

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