HP-75C Handheld Computer

While up at MakeIt a few weeks ago, a fellow maker came up to me and handed me a Samsonite briefcase. With a wink and a smile, he said “Take this. You’ll like it.” Ohhhkay, I’ll bite. Lets check this out. Opening up the case revealed… an HP 75C handheld computer, made by Hewlett PackardRead More

Review: Tap Titans 2

For a while I was very into an interesting niche of games. Generally referred to as ‘incremental games’, these games combine “Sit back and watch stuff happen” with “click a bunch of times to do some small task over and over again.” The games tend to lea a combination of watching things run, and ‘clickRead More

Atari Portfolio

This one has been on my bucket list from the beginning, and I’m happy to say, I was able to make my way through an eBay auction and pick up a mint condition unit that looks great and works even better. In 1989, DIP Research in Surrey England developed the DIP Pocket PC. They licensedRead More

TI-74 Basicalc

I had never heard of these machines until one came up on /r/retrobattlestations and I just had to have it. The Basicalc is one of the early programmable calculators that was starting the trend in handheld computing from ‘calculator’ to ‘computer’. The TRS-80 PC-1 is another great example. The TI-74 has a working BASIC interpreter,Read More

Apple eMate 300

Back in 1997, Apple realized there was a market for computers designed specifically for classroom use. They had built much of their success on Apple II+ and IIe computers liberally distributed through schools, and, facing pressure from IBM and the ‘clone’ world, decided to leverage their moderate success with the Newton line of PDA’s. Thus,Read More