Category Archives: General
Rescue: Original Apple II – REV0
BitHistory recently attended an Estate Sale where we found a very nice original Apple II REV0 system which we purchased. This is one of the earliest original Apple II’s we’ve seen, with a very low four-digit (19xx) serial number, and is now the oldest original Apple II in our collection. The Apple II. Conceived and developed by the iconic duo of Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, the Apple II, first released in April 1977, remains a symbol of innovation, creativity, and the birth of the modern computing era. The Apple […]
Gift: Heathkit H8 and H9 System!
We were happy to receive this amazing gift from our friends at the Wisconsin Computer Club. This is Heathkit H8 microcomputer that was sold in kit from starting in 1977. It features an Intel 8080A CPU and typically ran CP/M. This lot also includes the H9 display terminal, a Heathkit H14 printer, and a bunch of manuals and software on cassette we will review and archive if necessary. We are happy to give this system a great home and look forward to getting it up and running!
Rescue: Commodore PET 2001-8!
We were very lucky to have found this beautiful Commodore PET 2001-8 system available for sale in the Wisconsin area — about 20 minutes from us! This is a beautiful system which appears to be working just fine except for a few sticky keys. The system included a set of user manuals and some cassette tapes. The Commodore PET 2001 was released in 1977 and was available as either a 4K or 8K machine. Ours is 8K. Approximately 219,000 units were sold until 1982 when they were discontinued. This system […]
Multiple Pickups: Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Delaware.
Last weekend BitHistory picked up a total of 5 lots of items. 2 Pickups in Pennsylvania, 2 in Ohio, and 1 in Delaware. Was a good mixture of Commodore 64, Apple II, Digital Equipment Corp., and IBM PC related items. Lots of hardware, and lots of books, manuals, and software that will be considered for archival.
Rescue: DECWriter III’s, TI Omni 800’s, and more.
Recent rescue this last weekend. We picked up 12x DECWRITER III LS120 and 10x Texas Instruments Omni 800 Model 820 KSR Teletypes. Also included in the lot were 2x DEC LA75 Companion printers, a LA424 MultiPrinter, and a bunch of NOS spare print heads, manuals, and ribbons. We are looking forward to getting these tested, and using a few of these on future exhibits.
Currently, our collection is stored in multiple storage facilities in two cities, which makes sorting, logistics, and just about everything, very complicated! We are excited to be moving the collection to a new location that we have just leased. This will allow us to finally have the entire collection in one location, and will allow us to get much of our surplus items back in the hands of the community. Our goal is is preserve “one of everything”. During the general course of acquiring items we do need for the […]
Building an Apple II Newsroom
By: Joshua Coleman “This project came to fruition after collective tinkering sessions with my Apple II and various communications technologies that I use to interface the Apple II with the modern web. It’s pretty straightforward and I can imply (or just imagine) that this kind of set up was likely used as the earliest newsroom technology when the communications networks were strictly between institutions like communications between the AP and, say, the Washington Post.” Read the article here, or watch the video!
Assembly language, arcade games, and YouTube: The Reg speaks to former Microsoft engineer Dave Plummer • The Register
“Everyone remembers their first time. It might be Commodore-flavoured, or carry a whiff of Sinclair about it. For former Microsoft engineer Dave Plummer, it was a TRS-80 in a 1979 Radio Shack.” Source: Assembly language, arcade games, and YouTube: The Reg speaks to former Microsoft engineer Dave Plummer • The Register