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Feb 15 2009

Clearing out the attic

A couple of years ago, before I got embroiled in the madness that is OU study, I rescued a Compukit UK101 off ebay for about £60 and painstakingly found the parts and re-learnt soldering to make it work properly again. I came across it in the attic again a couple of days ago and when I get a few moments, I’m going to see if it still works.

For those of you that might just be interested in a bit of computing history (2009 is the 30th anniversary of this venerable machine), I can heartily recommend this website devoted to the UK101.

Three photographs of mine (taken after it had been restored) are below:

My UK 101, complete with 1970's Black and White Television

My UK 101, complete with 1970's Black and White Television

Inside my UK 101 - the TV modulator and smoothing capacitor in the top right hand corner are 2007 replacements, along with some of the 2114 RAM chips below them

Inside my UK 101 - the TV modulator and smoothing capacitor in the top right hand corner are 2007 replacements, along with some of the 2114 RAM chips below them

The UK101 Character Set

The UK101 Character Set

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  1. Biy Yellow

    Hi there,

    Well done with the decluttering! It can be very daunting at first but it feels so good once done! and you probably found other things you didn’t remember you had. I work at Big Yellow and it’s unbelievable how many people (myself included) keep a lot of things in their home they forgot they had. And talking to my customers, having a storage unit with us saves them time and money as they can sort out their belongings, make sure that what they need is safe and accessible 24/7 and make space in their home. Some have even converted their attic in a spare / game room after regaining control of their own space. Why don’t you check us out at bigyellow.co.uk
    Cheers and good luck with the Compukit!
    Steph

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