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An Introduction to the Amstrad CPC 664

Amstrad CPC 664Continuing his retrospective of the Amstrad range Gareth moves onto the second 8-bit computer produced by Amstrad, the CPC 664. This rare machine was produced for a very short period and now attains the status of a collector’s item. Luckily Gareth has one in his collection.

The Amstrad CPC 664 sold well in it’s day however was superseded by the CPC 6128 quite quickly as the 64kb of memory onboard did not deliver what people were looking for. The CPC 6128 became almost as iconic as the CPC 464 and the CPC 664 was ultimately forgotten. Until today!

Compared to the CPC464, the CPC664’s main unit has been significantly redesigned, not only to accommodate the floppy disk drive but also with a redesigned keyboard area. Touted “ergonomic” by Amstrad’s promotional material, the keyboard is noticeably tilted to the front with MSX-style cursor keys above the numeric keypad. Compared to the CPC464’s multicoloured keyboard, the CPC664’s keys are kept in a much quieter grey and pale blue colour scheme.

The back of the CPC664 main unit features the same connectors as the CPC464, with the exception of an additional 12V power lead. Unlike the CPC464’s cassette tape drive that could be powered off the main unit’s 5V voltage, the CPC664’s floppy disk drive requires an additional 12V voltage. This voltage had to be separately supplied by an updated version of the bundled green screen/colour monitor (GT-65 and CTM-644 respectively).

The CPC664 was only produced for approximately six months. In late 1985, when the CPC6128 was introduced in Europe, Amstrad decided not to keep three models in the line-up, and production of the CPC664 was discontinued.

By October 4, 2013 Read More →

An Introduction to the Amstrad CPC 464

Amstrad CPC 464Gareth takes you on a brief tour of the classic 80’s 8-bit computer in this new series of videos featuring a loving tribute to tech from the past in a bite sized format.

The Amstrad CPC 464 was Gareth’s first home computer that started a passion for the cheap but somewhat reliable computer company, Gareth has put together a fairly modest collection over the years and hopes to give you a guided tour of each piece.

The CPC series was pitched against other home computers primarily used to play video games and enjoyed a strong supply of game software. The comparatively low price for a complete computer system with dedicated monitor, its high resolution monochrome text and graphic capabilities and the possibility to run CP/M software also rendered the system attractive for business users, which was reflected by a wide selection of application software.

The CPC models’ hardware is based on the Zilog Z80A CPU, complemented with either 64 or 128 kB of memory. Their computer-in-a-keyboard design prominently features an integrated storage device, either a compact cassette deck or 3″ floppy disk drive. The main units were only sold bundled with a colour or monochrome monitor that doubles as the main unit’s power supply. Additionally, a wide range of first and third party hardware extensions such as external disk drives, printers, and memory extensions, was available.

By October 1, 2013 Read More →

Retro Tech Addicts Podcast 04: 1200 Baud Rate

Retro tech addicts podcastGareth and Matt enjoy a warm and fuzzy recollection of days gone by in this the latest installment of the Retro Tech Addicts podcast. On this weeks show we talk about the first CD player launched this day in 1982, the T-Mobile G1 and our experiences with the early internet…

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By September 18, 2013 Read More →

Retro Tech Addicts Podcast 03: Note: black side down

RTA Logo MTAGareth and Matt enjoy a warm and fuzzy recollection of days gone by in this the latest instalment of the Retro Tech Addicts podcast.

In this week’s show we talk our first digital cameras, Steve Jobs returning to Apple and a sweet new device from HTC

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By September 17, 2013 Read More →

Retro Tech Addicts Pickups 18-09-13

StillGareth whips out a bunch of his recent pickups including some Indy games, a rarity for the Atari Jaguar, an Amstrad portable and a classic Palm.

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Retro Tech Addicts Pickups 11-09-13

StillTime for another collection of nice retro bits. This week Gareth has a number of items from his favourite 8-bit computer brand including a little found rarity.

 

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By September 6, 2013 Read More →

Retro Tech Addicts Podcast 02: The Computer Game

RTA Logo MTAGareth and Matt enjoy a warm and fuzzy recollection of days gone by in this the latest instalment of the Retro Tech Addicts podcast.

This week we talk about IBM’s first Ddisk storage unit, eBay’s formation and what HTC were up to this dau in 2006.

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By August 30, 2013 Read More →

Retro Tech Addicts Pickups 28-08-13

StillGareth returns this week with a few odds and ends he has picked up, including some hidden posters and booklets he wasn’t expecting.

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By August 25, 2013 Read More →

Retro Tech Pickups

Weekly PickupsGareth takes you on a tour of his recent acquisitions of old technology in a new series of weekly videos showing off all that is old and nearly forgotten.

This week sees the series start with a bang as Gareth adds a Holy Grail game for a particular console to his collection and unpacking new computer holds a nasty surprise.

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By August 24, 2013 Read More →

Retro Tech Addicts Podcast 01: For those of you just joining us

RTA Logo MTAGareth and Matt enjoy a warm and fuzzy recollection of days gone by in this the latest instalment of the Retro Tech Addicts podcast.

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