Category: Electronics

  • Zilog Discontinues Standalone DIP-Packaged Z80 CPUs

    Zilog Discontinues Standalone DIP-Packaged Z80 CPUs

    While the long-lived Z80 continues on in Z180 and eZ80 forms, the standalone DIP-packaged variants’ days are numbered. Zilog has announced it is halting production of its standalone DIP-packaged Z80 CPU models – a move that could spell trouble for vintage computing enthusiasts looking to build Z80-based systems or repair existing machines with new parts.…

  • Julien’s Auctions: Classic Apple Computers Collection

    Julien’s Auctions: Classic Apple Computers Collection

    If you’ve been thinking your home or workspace is perhaps deficient when it comes to old Apple hardware, then I have some good news for you. Next week, a massive trove of classic Apple computing history goes under the hammer when the auction house Julien’s Auctions auctions off the Hanspeter Luzi collection of more than…

  • The Rise and Fall of the Atari Jaguar: A Legacy of Ambition in Gaming

    The Rise and Fall of the Atari Jaguar: A Legacy of Ambition in Gaming

    Owning an Atari Jaguar in the modern era of gaming is akin to possessing a rare artifact from a bygone age—a testament to the ambition and tumultuous history of video game technology. The Jaguar, Atari’s last hurrah in the console market, was released in 1993 amidst a fiercely competitive era dominated by giants like Nintendo…

  • The 6502 Processor: A Revolutionary Journey in Computing History

    The 6502 Processor: A Revolutionary Journey in Computing History

    The journey of the 6502 processor is a fascinating tale of innovation, market disruption, and lasting legacy in the world of computing. This 8-bit marvel not only powered some of the most iconic personal computers and gaming consoles of the 1970s and 1980s but also set the stage for the development of affordable computing on…

  • The Evolution of ARM Processors: From Education to Innovation

    The Evolution of ARM Processors: From Education to Innovation

    The year 2020 has been universally challenging, with a global pandemic, economic downturns, and social unrest. Amidst the chaos, our reliance on technology, particularly the ubiquitous smartphones that many of us carry everywhere, has become more pronounced than ever. These devices, often still quaintly referred to as “phones,” are powered by a technology that has…

  • Unveiling Realistic by RadioShack: Vintage Audio Gems for Enthusiasts

    Unveiling Realistic by RadioShack: Vintage Audio Gems for Enthusiasts

    Embarking on a vintage audio journey often conjures images of hunting for legendary brands like Marantz, Pioneer, and McIntosh. However, there’s a hidden gem often overlooked by many: Realistic, RadioShack’s house brand. Known more for its association with disco balls and TV antennas, Realistic’s vintage hi-fi components are worthy of a second look for the…

  • Vintage Apple Computers Auction: Unveiling Tech History Gems

    Vintage Apple Computers Auction: Unveiling Tech History Gems

    An extraordinary auction featuring a vast collection of vintage Apple computers is capturing the attention of technology enthusiasts and collectors alike. Among the highlights are several lots that stand out for their historical significance and unique appeal. One such lot, Lot #392, includes a Newton MessagePad 120, marking Apple’s initial foray into handheld devices. Despite…

  • Vintage Computer Fest East: Nostalgia Meets Innovation

    Vintage Computer Fest East: Nostalgia Meets Innovation

    This past weekend, the Vintage Computer Fest East offered a unique blend of history, nostalgia, and innovation, attracting computer enthusiasts from all walks of life. Hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists, the event showcased a wide array of vintage computers, some of which many attendees had never heard of, while others brought back fond…

  • Rare Apple-1 Computer Up for Auction at Christie’s

    Rare Apple-1 Computer Up for Auction at Christie’s

    A piece of computing history, an Apple-1 personal computer, has recently been put up for auction by Christie’s, sparking interest among collectors and technology enthusiasts alike. The Apple-1, known for kickstarting the journey of the now tech giant Apple, is a rare find, with this particular auction expected to fetch between £300,000 and £500,000 —…

  • Voyager 1 and Voyager 2: Enduring Space Explorers

    Voyager 1 and Voyager 2: Enduring Space Explorers

    Nearly four decades after their launch, the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft continue to defy the odds, operating billions of miles away from Earth. Launched in 1977, these probes embarked on a mission to explore the outer planets of our solar system, capturing stunning images and valuable scientific data. Today, 39 years and 12.47…