My Computer Museum

Last Updated: April 2022

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 Psion Series 3a
Psion (UK) 1991 Psion (UK) 1993
Processor: 4.7 MHz
Memory: 256 KB
Storage: 1MB Flash Drive
Display: 240 x 80, Mono
OS: Psion EPOC 16
Processor: 7.68 MHz
Memory: 512 KB
Storage: 1 MB Flash Drive
Display: 480 x 160, Mono
OS: Psion EPOC 16

Psion Series 3mx Psion Series 5
Psion (UK) 1998 Psion (UK) 1997
Processor: 27.648 MHz
Memory: 2 MB
Storage: 2MB Flash Drive
Display: 480 x 160, Mono
OS: Psion EPOC 16
Processor: 18.432 MHz
Memory: 8 MB
Storage: 6 MB Flash Drive
Display: 640 x 240, Mono
OS: Psion EPOC 32

Psion Series 5mx Oregon Scientific Osiris
Psion (UK) 1999 Oregon Scientific (USA) 1999
Processor: 36.864 MHz
Memory: 16 MB
Storage: 10MB Flash Drive
Display: 640 x 240, Mono
OS: Psion EPOC 32
Processor: 18.432 MHz
Memory: 8 MB
Storage: 8MB Flash Drive
Display: 320 x 240, Mono
OS: Psion EPOC 32

 HP Palmtop 320LX Apple Newton MessagePad 120
Hewlett-Packard (USA) 1996 Apple (USA) 1994
Processor: 44 MHz
Memory: 4 MB
Storage: 5 MB Flash Drive
Display: 640 x 240, Mono
OS: Microsoft Windows CE 1.0
Processor: 20 MHz
Memory: 4 MB
Storage: 1 MB / 2 MB Flash Drive
Display: 320 x 240, Mono
OS: Apple NewtonOS

Apple Newton MessagePad 2000 Gemini PDA
Apple (USA) 1997 Planet Computers (UK) 2018
Processor: 162 MHz
Memory: 4 MB / 8 MB
Storage: 1 MB / 5 MB Flash Drive
Display: 480 x 320, Mono
OS: Apple NewtonOS
Processor: 2.6 GHz
Memory: 4 GB
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 2160 x 1080, FHD+
OS: Google Android 7.1

Gemini PDA (Gold) Cosmo Communicator
Planet Computers (UK) 2018 Planet Computers (UK) 2019
Limited Edition
One of only 30 produced
Sold exclusively online and at
Harrods department store (London)
Processor: 2.1 GHz
Memory: 6 GB
Storage: 128 GB
Display: 2160 x 1080, FHD+
OS: Google Android 9

F(x)tec Pro1 Surface Duo
F(x)tec (UK) 2019 Microsoft (USA) 2020
Processor: 2.45 GHz
Memory: 6 GB
Storage: 128 GB
Display: 2160 x 1080, FHD+
OS: Google Android 9
Processor: 2.84 GHz
Memory: 6 GB
Storage: 128 GB / 256 GB
Display: 1800 x 2700, Dual Screen
OS: Google Android 10

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

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

Cambridge Z88 Psion Series 7
Cambridge Computer (UK) 1987 Psion (UK) 2000
Processor: 3.27 MHz
Memory: 32 KB
Storage: 128 KB Flash Drive
Display: 640 x 64, Mono
OS: OZ
Processor: 132.71 MHz
Memory: 16 MB
Storage: Compact Flash II Card
Display: 640 x 480, 256 Colour
OS: EPOC 32

Sinclair ZX81 Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Sinclair Research (UK) 1981 Sinclair Research (UK) 1982
Processor: 3.25 MHz
Memory: 1 KB
Storage: Cassette
Display: 256 x 192, Mono
OS: Sinclair BASIC
Processor: 3.5 MHz
Memory: 48 KB
Storage: Cassette
Display: 256 x 192, 16-Colour
OS: Sinclair BASIC

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 Apple Macintosh
Amstrad (UK) 1988 IBM (USA) 1981 Apple (USA) 1984
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 16 Colour
OS: Microsoft DOS 1.0
Processor: 7.8 MHz
Memory: 128 KB
Storage: 400 KB Floppy Disk
Display: 512 x 342 Mono
OS: System Software 1.0

BBC Micro Model B Commodore Amiga 500 MB Vectrex
Acorn Computers (UK) 1981 Commodore (USA) 1987 Milton Bradley (USA) 1982
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
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.

One Comment

  1. February 5, 2022
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    Good job, I like it!
    I keep my devices in a big box, may be will do something like your museum one time 🙂

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