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[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Quasar Hand-Held Computer

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Quasar Hand-Held Computer HHC Pocket Computer Advertisement - 1982“One Picture is Worth a Thousand Numbers”

I’ve never used or seen a Quasar Hand-Held Computer in person, but I am a big fan of the similarly-sized TRS-80 Pocket Computer, which I’ve written about a number of times on this site.

According to this ad, one of the unique features of the Quasar HHC was that you could hook it up to a large color monitor if you had the right expansion accessory. That reminds me of the TRS-80 Model 100 Disk/Video Interface. Pretty cool. I bet the software that utilized that feature was extremely rare, though. I’d love to see it in action.

See Also: BASIC in your Pocket (RSOTW, 2009)
See Also: Asimov’s Pocket Computer (RSOTW, 2011)
See Also: Sharp Pocket Computer (RSOTW, 2013)

[ From Popular Computing – December 1982]

Discussion Topic of the Week: What’s the smallest pre-year 2000 computer you’ve ever owned?

Apple and Commodore: Together at Last?

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Jack and Woz -- Photo by Harry McCracken

Last night, the incomparable Harry McCracken spotted Steve Wozniak and Jack Tramiel chatting right before they took part in a group panel on the 25th anniversary of the Commodore 64 at the Comptuer History Museum. Thinking quickly, McCracken snapped this photo — and what a photo it is.

For those of you who don’t know, Jack Tramiel founded and ran Commodore until about 1984, after which he bought Atari’s consumer division from Warner Communications, stewarding Atari in new directions. And Woz…well, Woz is Woz.

You can read more about the Commodore event on McCracken’s Techlog at Wish I could have been there, but alas, I live on the east coast.

Name Those Pixels: Name That Kong

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Pixel Challenge #13 - 1Now we move from crowds to Kongs. This week’s theme is “Donkey Kong.” Each of these three pixel blocks is from a version of Donkey Kong. Can you guess which system or computer each is from? The first block is to the right, the other two are below. As always, post your guesses in the comments section of this entry, and don’t be bashful.

Pixel Challenge #13 - 2    Pixel Challenge #13 - 3

The answers to the last challenge are after the break.

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