|The Interak was to last me a few years having invested so much time, money and effort
(anyway it was built like a tank). The graphics were only 64x32 and mono, no sound unless you made your own sound card,
and yes I did. But without this I would'ent have learnt what I did, logic, machine code programmimg,
wire-wrapping, building and modifying circuits... Take a look at some of my old photos.|
||This shows the machine with all the cards pulled, note the cassette recorder for program loading on the
far left/rear this was before CP/M and disk drives|
|And here's how the cards slotted into the rack on guide rails, the nearest card is the sound
card, neatly hand wired. The D conectors were for joysticks, the controls are for volume and changing
the clock frequency to the sound chips, allowing a very wide range of tones, etc.
||This is the front-end the businees end where the computer meets
the outside world |
|Well this is what I ended up with, at last disk drives. And a machine I could kick without
worry of harming it. It's long gone now. In 1991 I got my first PC, for £700 I got an XT 8086 with 640Kb
of Ram, a 20Mb hard drive that made an hell of a noise and a mono monitor, DOS-4, keyboard etc.
The mouse was £22 extra!
||Yes my kids used to play on it too, Neal now has children of his own, but of course they all use a
play-station. Note the small portable TV, no monitor at that time.|