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House of Mabel Computer Museum

This was supposed to be a serious history of Acorn hardware using my own collection as a cheap source of photo models, but somewhere along the way it just turned into a list of stuff I have in my collection, with recollections of how they were bought, what they were used for, and any gossip on their creation I can remember. I've also added a quick buyer's guide in case you're also trying to get hold of classic Acorn machines.

Many of these machines have been collected since I started to earn soooo much money that I could afford twenty or thirty quid for a piece of junk/history and still be able to eat at the end of the month, but some of them are what got me where I am today - so you can take this as a cautionary tale perhaps. I spent my formative years with an Acorn Electron; tried and failed to take things seriously with an A310; and still go to work toting a RiscPC on my shoulder.

Some of the pictures are a bit dodgy - at the time I didn't have my own digital camera, so both size and camerawork are somewhat lesser than that which I aim for now - but they should do for illustration purposes.

8 bit
machines

Beeb
BBC Model B

Electron
Acorn Electron

BBC Master
BBC Master

MasterCompact
Master Compact

ARM Development System
ARM Development System

32 (or 26) bit
machines

A310
A310

A440
A440

A3000
A3000

A3010
A3010

A5000
A5000

RiscPC
RiscPC

Phoebe
Phoebe

NCs
NCs

Operating
Systems etc.

ArthurOS
ArthurOS

RISC OS 2
RISC OS 2

RISC OS 3
RISC OS 3

RISC OS 4
RISC OS 4
Including RISC OS 3.5 onwards

My work desk
My desk at work circa May 2002.
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Other stuff

1U Linux server
Linux server
NetWare machine
NetWare machine
Apple Hardware
Apple hardware
Palm V
Palm V
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