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  1. Not quite, it's more like musing about raising a whole line of race horses, found a dynasty and retiring with a business empire.. ... once you have that colt and won the race of course. ;-) Don't worry, I know this is not the time for so far fetched plans, that's why I added all those thoughts about the possible complications. Sorry if that wasn't specific enough, I'm just in the habit of thinking ahead and gauging possibilities.
  2. I just wonder if licensing the whole thing to a trustworthy party in Europe wouldn't be the more simple route. Just thinking about the Amstrad / Schneider deal back in the day (Amstrad never sold the CPC in germany, instead it was produced and sold as the Schneider CPC by Schneider AG) . Perrix already is a european company. The problematic thing is of course the question who constitutes a trustworthy party and whether the european market is worth the hassle. That would add a dimension to this endeavour that would probably complicate things too much, at least for the first model.
  3. For a time i had a Sharp MZ-700 (more precisely it was the MZ-731 but the label on the chassis apparently always says MZ-700). I never knew how / where my parents picked that one up. It had a built in 4-colour plotter and tape for programs which was really cool. I did a lot with that and once scored a free set of the min-pens it used on CeBIT. Some very limited sound capability (more of a beeper) but I did a lot on that machine in basic back in the day. Only looking it up now I realize it also had a Z80 at its heart and 64K. Somehow I wish I had a plotter unit again. It feels kinda neat. http://www.idealine.info/sharpmz/mz-700/first700.htm
  4. If I may ask @Perifractic, what do you model the casing on? I mean on what chassis. Do you also work with a vendor like you do with the keyboard for the casing? I was very surprised to know that Perrix is also a german company. Maybe I should get one of their keyboards to have a look at in advance. :-)
  5. SGI was famous for their colourful and extravagant design. Extravagant in comparison to the predominant computer-beige of the day of course. Heard of them on TV in passing already in the 80s but saw my first one I was in university, mid-90s. They even had an SGI Indy I believe.
  6. What is this?? https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-anzeige/elektrobauteile-experimentierkasten-siehe-bilder-/1612470717-168-17566
  7. The old ones I remember also had springs but blank boards where you had to put the springs on to form the circuits (look at desertfish posting ). The majority of kits nowadays seems to be aimed at very young kids though and they just click together components. There are also ones that I look at nowadays which employ breadboards. I greatly appreciate that but they are a nieche, you don't find them in toy stores. This is from a more complex one but they also have ones about basic electronics. Yes, they sometimes had concepts in books that go way beyond what would nowadays be considered safe. I had an old book about electronics aimed at teens that must have been from the 50s from which I built a battery. Not a poatoe battery but one with zink (from a local plumber), acid (must have been Ammoniumchloride) (ordered through a pharmacy, way before the internet) and a coal graphite rod (so a basic zinc–carbon battery) . Did / do these Maxitronic and Elenco kits also show how the corresponding circuit diagrams would look like? Or just diagrams how to put together the wiring on the boards?
  8. Something akin to this would be nice nowadays: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NDR-Klein-Computer A complete kit to build it, a book and an accompanying TV-series. Ben Eaters site reminds me a lot of this. Some enthusiasts are pursuing it again nowadays as it had become easier to have PCBs made and thereby improve on the design. But the info is not so neatly packaged and you'd have to get all the components yourself (and it's in german). But you could make it with different hardware configs "from a simple 8-bit single-board computer based on a Zilog Z80A processor to a 32-bit system equipped with a Motorola 68020 CPU". P.S: just found out there was even a 1-Bit computer in that vein: (in german:) http://wdr-1-bit-computer.talentraspel.de/ Like with the Commander X16 there was an emulator for that for the C64 and DOS Based on this CPU: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola_MC14500B
  9. While we etched some things on occasion, we mainly used hole matrix boards (if that tranlation for "Lochrasterplatine" is right ). But it was my father who went into electronics and I never did, I go to him if something stops working, at least the more complex things. I only now discover electronics for myself a bit. Probably to late to gain any real proficiency but a bit.
  10. Isn't that the one where a community patched a lot of cut content back in?
  11. Yay turtle.. (taken from a friendly reddit post)
  12. I love that design.
  13. If you are looking at how to program at a near hardware level (assembler), maybe a model machine might be best suited. The systems of my youth are no longer maintained but something along the lines of "Little Man Computer" exists which was apparently the equivalent in the english speaking world: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_man_computer Otherwise I think kelli217 above had some good pointers.
  14. I'm guessing we are all very much rooted in the personal experience we had with computers back in the day. I really liked the semi-portability you had with systems like the Spectrum, Amstrad,C64 and later the AtariST and the possibility to take it places. Either to friends, because not all of them owned a computer or to school on occasions. I believe a friend of my brother even took his Spectrum to holiday camp once. I didn't think much about expanding these machines, they were good for me as they were. Expandability only became interresting with the first PCs I owned.
  15. If it does not help bring the price down though, I also see little use of considering this. I was reminded of the route from the Amiga 1000 to the Amiga 500. Of course the Amiga 1000 was the better computer, but the A500 sold better as a product, even though it offered less capabilities in term of expansion.
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