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Computer System - Microbee 'Computer in a Book', 64Kb, circa 1980 Object Reg. No: ST 044147

Computer system consisting of a CPU with 64 kb of RAM, inbuilt into the keyboard, a tape deck for data storage, a 3.5 inch disk drive (called a "computer-in-a-book"), a modem with telephone, appropriate cabling, a monochrome monitor, and associated original documentation.

This system originally used the tape deck as a means of storing data. it was replaced with the disk drive in about 1985.

Several hundred thousand Microbees were made in the 1980s and sold to users all over Australia and overseas. It was one of the first computers to make big inroads into Australian schools and many Australian computer 'nerds' cut their teeth on a Microbee. About this time, the early Apples, TRS80s, and Commodore 64s were becoming popular. They were small, relatively cheap and offered home computing to the interested. Applied Technology introduced the Microbee as a kit that arrived in a plastic bag as a circuit board and lots of components. Later versions were sold in cases ready made.
1, Keyboard
2, Packaging
3, Monitor
4, Disk Drive
5. Mouse
6. Modem Telephone
7. Cassette Recorder
8. Seven cassette tapes
9. Disks (user and pre-programmed)
10. Cabling
11. Documentation
12. Modem
13. Cabling
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr E. Parker, 1998
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 60 mm (Height), 290 mm (Width), 380 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Measurements of storage box containing components

More information

Tagged with: computer systems, personal computers
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: microcomputers
Manufacturer: Microbee, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1980
References: Microbee: (accessed 2 June 2011)

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