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What computer system is this from 1984 Doctor Who?

This is an example of BBC BASIC with inline (6502) assembler code. The computer in use would have been a BBC Microcomputer, manufactured by Acorn Computers Ltd. The display was probably a studio ...
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What's this computer in the 1988 movie "Vampire's Kiss"?

That's a Minolta PCW1 Word processor of Minolta Camera Co. Ltd The "computer part" is in fact a PC with 512kBytes memory and a 80186 CPU running DOS 2.11 and proprietary word processing (or, ...
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1913 mystery computer below Grand Central Station

Does anyone have more information about this mystery computer? Sorry to disappoint you, it's not a computer and not even a computer-like fixed-function machine. It's simply a system of cables, ...
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Is this an Amiga? If so, which model?

I'm trying to identify what kind of machine this is. It looks like an Amiga of some kind, It's a Commodore C64-II also known as C64C: The mouse seams to be an Apple ADB mouse (Type A9M0331), sold ...
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Is this a real system? Which one?

TL;DR: Is this a real system? Which one? No, it's most likely not a specific machine but a setup to look contemporary. In Detail: I've come across several computers. (They all look extremely ...
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Does any computer resemble the model taught in UK secondary education?

Is there a computer that works like this? Erm, next to all? FETCH-DECODE-EXECUTE is the basic execution cycle for each and every digital CPU. No matter if a Turing Machine or a Pentium. I suspect the ...
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What are these 3COM connectors for?

Those are PCMCIA adapters. With laptops, a single PCMCIA card was narrower than Ethernet (or phone lines). You could get a 2 card thing (but I don't recall any from 3COM) This image: (Source) ...
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What is this game featured in the film ‘The Year of the Jellyfish’?

That looks like the ColecoVision port of the arcade game Zaxxon. In the scene you mentioned, the character definitely seems to be holding a ColecoVision controller with the joystick knob, side ...
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Does this computer have a steering wheel?

Via TinEye, I found this image on a Snopes FACT CHECK page: Claim: Photograph shows RAND Corporation’s 1954 design for a home computer. It's a hoax image, a composite of a submarine maneuvering room ...
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Is this a mini computer, a novelty monitor or something else?

I've found it by looking up "miniature vintage computer." It's a modern portable speaker called Ditoo (Wayback).
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What kind of keyboard or computer am I typing on?

Most likely this one in a custom case. It was made/sold by now defunct Maplin as one of their early own computer products in 1981. It was available as PCB only, Kit or Assembled product. Its larger ...
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Is the MANIAC in the movie 'The Magnetic Monster' the real MANIAC computer?

Having taken a look at the film it does not appear that the "MANIAC" depicted is the same as the real MANIAC I. The "MANIAC" computer appears at about 18 minutes into the film. ...
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Is the Coleco computer from The Simpsons based on a real computer?

Is that computer based on a real one or are there any records of computers resembling that? Yes and no. There is no computer exactly like the one shown, but Coleco was a successful video game company,...
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What is this game featured in the film ‘The Year of the Jellyfish’?

The game is zaxxon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaxxon), an isometric shooter arcade game, developed and released by Sega in 1981. Comparing the image with the screenshots at https://www.mobygames....
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What computer was used in Weird Science?

The Memotech MTX, if you believe its Wikipedia page. Your assumption about the graphics is correct: it's a machine that uses much the same hardware as an MSX, including exactly the same video ...
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Is this Votan voice assistant from 1984 a real system?

There were definitely issues of scale of hardware available, but in the fall of 1977, I think it was, I got my Commodore Pet 32kB., the B version had the full-sized ("business") keyboard. I ...
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What computer was used in Weird Science?

It was a Memotech MTX 512 with expansion unit. For future movie-related computer questions it's always a good idea to check Starring the Computer page. In this case, just look here.
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Identifying motherboard and CPU

I inquired about the CPU over on ee.se. The chip appears to be an AMD Am386DX-25. Compare the lower printed number (107M7NX and 107M7NZ), the fonts used, the logo at the bottom-right, and the laser-...
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Operation Flashpoint Laptop

It looks like the Texas Instruments TravelMate 4000e from 1993.
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What are these 3COM connectors for?

These were designed for 3COM Megahertz networking PCMCIA cards (aka PC cards). These were add-on cards for laptops that didn't have internal network adapters. See bottom device on this picture on ...
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Is this a real system? Which one?

As @Raffzahn answers, this is probably a concocted image made to look like various real DEC setups. The attached image is of a PDP-12. You can see the heavy tilt towards DECtapes. You also see an ...
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Where was this Grace Hopper/Univac photo taken?

Before I give my guess, let's see what we have so far: Apart from the picture links in the question, we also have this link Grace Hopper demonstrating COBOL at Programming Department (Thank you @uoho)....
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What's the terminal/home computer used as a prop in the computer school in Superman 3?

[So far not an Answer, just a pointer from some Google supported memory - nice question research BTW] There are other scenes showing the terminals, for example later on, when he get's his first pay ...
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Can anyone help identify this old terminal and printer found in an abandoned nuclear power plant?

I would have written just a comment but did not have enough rep to do so. @JdeBP had basically found the answer so all I had to google was "Youtube comment finder" :). The video also posts a ...
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What machine used POKE for printing?

It was for Microsoft 8K BASIC for Altair. You're right that Nova BASIC didn't/wouldn't use POKE: it wasn't a keyword in either Single User BASIC (1970) or the later Extended BASIC. But Basic Computer ...
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Is this Votan voice assistant from 1984 a real system?

By the mid 1980s speech recognition was already a non-issue. Experimental system were able to handle vocabularies of 20,000 Words or more. For situations with confined vocabulary like shown in the ...
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Is this Votan voice assistant from 1984 a real system?

Yes, there was a real Votan system; at the time of the broadcast (1984), it was apparently a pretty new product. On the Internet Archive there is an episode of The Computer Chronicles (link plucked ...
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Radio Shack computer trainer kit?

I think you're thinking of the Science fair microcomputer trainer: http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/html/1985/h155.html which had a TMS1100 as the processor (if not there is the digital computer ...
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What are the names of the computers, that were used in the CP/M advertisement?

From left to right: DEC VT100 family terminal, which may have been connected to some other system or in VT180 form, which was a VT100 with a card that turned it into a standalone computer. IBM PC ...
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What is the name of this computer? (Bell Laboratories, 1954)

It's likely part of the Bell Model VI relay computer, installed at Bell Labs in 1949. This was a revision of the massive Model V designed and built by Bell, which were installed at NACA (1946) and BRL ...
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