Commodore 64 (VIC-64)

One of the many reasons Commodore 64 (C64/C=64/CBM-64/VIC-64) became the most sold personal computer model of all time was not due to its fantastic programming capabilities, but rather due to its role as a “gaming machine”. Compared to today’s consoles, it doesn’t stand much of a chance of course, but in those days, it was second to none. Glorious colors (well..), fantastic sound, and a price that was much lower than most of its competitors’, you would slide in a tape (!) and load your favorite game. If you had generous parents, you could possibly afford a disk drive (Commodore 1541).

NiKom BBS for the Amiga

“Nikom is a BBS-program that uses modems (or telnet together with the appropriate software, such as telnet.device) to allow “boards” or “meeting rooms” where people can discuss different topics. You can set the topic yourself for these boards, e.g. computers, pets, politics, well pretty much anything you can think of; as long as it adheres to the rules set by the SysOp. Bulletin Board Systems are also used to distribute files, although this particular task is more often handled by Internet these days.” — Quoted and freely translated from www.canit.se/nikom/

RemoteAccess BBS

RemoteAccess BBS-software and its last official website. RemoteAccess, or RA, as it was also called, was created by Andrew Milner and Phil Mackay in 1989. In its time, it was a very popular piece of software for those running a BBS. Towards the end of its “era”, RemoteAccess was even considered Y2K-safe 🙂 WikiPedia has a page about RemoteAccess here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remoteaccess

Casio SF-8350 Digital Diary

The Casio SF-8350 Digital Diary is an “all-in-one” gadget from 1993. A whopping 64 Kb of RAM and double batteries (so that one could be replaced without losing data). Functions like address book, calculator, world time, notes, alarms, etc. Compare with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Smartphone from 2008. Fascinating to see that the Casio had retained data, I haven’t been using it for over 10 years.