Epson Geneva PX-8, 1984
The Epson PX-8 aka Geneva was manufactured in 1984 and was considered a huge improvement on its predecessor the Epson HX-20.
Geneva had a Z80 compatible microprocessor, and ran a customized version of the CP/M-80 operating system as well as various applications from a pair of ROM cartridge slots which were treated as drives. For file storage it had a built-in microcassette drive.
The Epson Geneva PX-8 came with the following specs:
- 4 MHz CMOS Z80
- 64K RAM
- 32K ROM
- Built-in micro cassette, Optional external 3.5 floppy drive, optional “RAM disk”
- Add-ons for RAM disk, modem, printer, etc.
- 480×64 pixel LCD screen (built-in)
The Apple PowerBook G3 (Pismo) was the fourth generation of the G3 Apple laptops and code named Pismo after the City of Pismo Beach, California. The Pismo PowerBook was the last model in the G3 line, before the more modern Titanium PowerBook G4 models were released.
The PowerBook G3 was not shy with its appearance in pop culture. The laptop was seen in You’ve Got Mail, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, House on Haunted Hill, Mission: Impossible 2, Disney’s The Kid, Dark Angel, What Women Want, The West Wing, Friends, The Lone Gunmen, The Core, Duplex, Saw, Sex and the City, How I Met Your Mother, Night at the Museum, Charmed, Everybody Loves Raymond, Stargate SG-1, That’s So Raven and Angel.
The Apple PowerBook G3 (Pismo) came with the following specs:
- 400 MHz or 500 MHz processor
- 64 or 128 MB of PC100 SDRAM Expandable to 512 MB
- ATI Rage Mobility 128 with 8 MB of SDRAM graphics
- 6–18 GB
- 6× DVD-ROM
- Optional AirPort 802.11b, 10/100BASE-T Ethernet, 56k modem
- 2x USB 1.1, 2x Firewire 400, 1x PC Card I/II, Audio out mini-jack
- Mac OS X 10.4.11 “Tiger” and Mac OS 9.2.2
The early 80’s industrial design aesthetic has never been more present then in this “all-in-one” commercial microcomputer” called the Superbrain from Intertec Data Systems. First sold in 1979, the Superbrain included a display, keyboard and disc drives in what would’ve been considered then a sleek, integrated system.
The Intertec Data Systems Superbrain base model was sold for $2,000 US (buying power of approx. $4,947.38 today) and came with the following:
- DSS-10 10Mb Hard Disk
- CDC 96Mb Hard Disk with removable platter
- Priam 14″ 144mb Hard Disk
- Microsoft Basic
- 8080 Assembler
- Microsoft Cobol 74
Check out these colourful tray loading iMac G3s for this week’s #VintageComputers instalment! The first model of the iMac line in the personal computer industry was the iMac G3. The monitor and GPU were encompassed in a single, transportable, stylish all-in-one enclosure. The iMac G3 was originally released in Bondi blue, however later in a full spectrum of vibrant enclosure colours. The machine was announced on May 6th, 1998 and started shipping in August of that year. Some say the computer industry was revolutionized by the launch of the iMac.
The iMac G3 came with the following specs:
- Power PC G3 233 MHz
- Rage Pro 6MB SGRAM
- 4GB Hard Drive
- 24X CD drive -tray loading
This is week is a special edition of our #VintageComputers series where we compare two laptops from the mid eighties! The Toshiba T3100e and the T1200XE were manufactured within a year of each other, however they shipped with quite different specs. The T1200XE came equipped with double the amount of internal hard drive space, almost double the amount of RAM and included a faster processor.
The Toshiba T1200 XE came with the following specs:
- Intel 80C86 processor at 9.54 MHz
- 1 MB RAM of which 384 kB could be used for LIM EMS or as a RAMdisk,
- CGA graphics card
- one 720 kB 3.5″ floppy drive
- one 20 MB hard drive
- MS-DOS 3.30
The Toshiba T3100e came with the following specs:
- 8 MHz Intel 80286 CPU
- 640 kB RAM (upgradable to 2.6 MB)
- 10 MB hard drive
- internal 3,5″ floppy drive 720 kB
- connector for external 5,25″ floppy drive, 360 kB
How does this compare to your laptop? Book a free consultation today!
Next up in our #VintageComputers series is the iMac G4 from Apple Computers. An adjustable arm, mounted to a white hemisphere controlled the movement of the LCD screen. The computer also featured a full size tray loading optical drive and fourth-generation PowerPC G4 74xx-series processor. The hard drive, motherboard etc. were placed in the dome instead of the screen, as Apple does with current iMacs, because the internal parts at that time would have been too heavy.
The Apple iMac G4 was nicknamed the iLamp as the adjustable arm mimicked that of a desk lamp. The G4 or iLamp shared physical similarities with that of “Luxo Jr.” from Pixar, one of Job’s side projects. Commercials for the G4 included the computer’s adjustable arm reacting to pedestrians by following them as they passed, and when a man stuck out his tongue at the end, the G4 reacted by opening its optical drive.
The Apple iMac G4 came with the following specs:
- 700 MHz to 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4
- 128 MB to 256 MB SDRAM
- Up to 4× SuperDrive
- Up to 80 GB Hard Drive
- Up to nVidia GeForce FX 5200 Ultra with 32 MB of DDR SDRAM