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  • Microbee - The Australian Educational Computer of the 80s

    Stumbled across this.
    Did anybody have these in their school or own one even now?


  • #2
    Yep had Them in our school in about 1987.
    only remember the one Game called lemonade stall .
    very blocky graphics.
    Wanted funhouse and taxi pinballs.

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    • #3
      I been offered one from a collector few towns away but havent followed much up atm
      you can always expect change in life..except from vending machines

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      • #4
        I used them in high school and then i owned one. I learned BASIC and wrote some gambling games with some half decent graphics. My fave game was Taipan. Check this link out, it's a Microbee emulator.
        http://nanowasp.org/

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        • #5
          We had them at high school in about 1987-90, I won a comp in programing a ten-pin bowling game for our school. very basic just a great little machine for the time.

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          • #6
            I've scanned a ton of Microbee books and magazines, posted publicly to my Google Drive link here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...1k?usp=sharing
            I post links to the root of the drive which is less prone to changing dynamically, simply double click on the green folder 'Scanned Book and Magazine Collection' and open Microbee.
            I have also done 600dpi flatbed scans of glossy Microbee brochures such as their Telecom computer - all in the link.

            Huge effort to scan every edition of their Microbee Online magazine only to be hit with a takedown notice. Apparently the Microbee Preservation Society have scanned the magazines themselves, and when I saw their PDFs I knew they were missing out on my quality. I am allowed to give people the files but am not allowed to publicly link to them. So if anyone wants the magazines let me know via PM.

            I have collected a few Microbee machines but ultimately didn't like them as much as my Apple // and Commodore gear. Anyway I keep the hardware (boxed) in storage nowadays.

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            • #7
              What would you say they are equivalent to? a system 80??

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              • #8
                They pull a good price when up for sale. They were Australia's answer to the TRS-80 so to speak.
                Gemini2544's 4th Pinball meet Saturday 21/03/2020

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Arcade King View Post
                  What would you say they are equivalent to? a system 80??
                  A bit better if I remember correctly, but not much. We had one Microbee and 2 Dick Smith System 80's at my high school when I finished in 1986.
                  I seems to remember that Microbee had sprite construction tools so you could manufacture useless little pictures the size of a 5c piece
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                  • #10
                    The system 80 did come out with an optional "Extended Graphic card" which gave you Upper & lowercase text & heaps of object graphics characters.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Gemini2544 View Post
                      The system 80 did come out with an optional "Extended Graphic card" which gave you Upper & lowercase text & heaps of object graphics characters.
                      Yeah, but it was like punching a brick every time you had to type a word
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by furballx View Post

                        Yeah, but it was like punching a brick every time you had to type a word
                        What! you had computers at school? Is that what they called chalk and slate?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by furballx View Post

                          Yeah, but it was like punching a brick every time you had to type a word
                          Still amazes me what program's you could write with 16k of memory. Today 16k isn't even an emoji..
                          Gemini2544's 4th Pinball meet Saturday 21/03/2020

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