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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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Does the video game Control (2019) depict a real computer system? What is it?

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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Identify these old accounting machines

TL;DR: The simple one was most likely an Ascota 170 or one of its variation. The definitive clue here is the plug board with triangular and square pins used for programming. Ascota 170-LB (LB ...
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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 seems to be an Apple ADB mouse (Type A9M0331), sold ...
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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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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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Was there a keyboard layout starting with "TBSY"?

I've researched keyboards and character sets on two occasions (*1) and seen a lot of different layouts, from alternate roots like Blickensderfer, Sholes and Dvorak to national variants like Cyrillic ...
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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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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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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 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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Denys Fisher, of Spirograph fame, using a computer late 1976, early 1977

My name is Duncan Fisher and I'm the youngest son of Denys Fisher. I remember dad's HP programmable calculator and plotter set up very well - can't shed any light on the specific model though. What I ...
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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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Denys Fisher, of Spirograph fame, using a computer late 1976, early 1977

TL;DR: It's a HP 9825B desktop calculator and a HP 9872 flatbed plotter. By the looks it can be either a HP 9825 desktop calculator (*1) introduced in 1976, or a 1978 HP9831 computer (*2). (HP 9825A ...
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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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Was there a keyboard layout starting with "TBSY"?

Well, it's very much a Smith and Corona model. For example, here's an image of the SCM-250 from the mid-sixties, with near-identical physical layout and characteristics: Of course, you'll notice ...
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Did any CPUs have a special instruction for multiplying or dividing by ten?

Yes. But not as you think. The Z80 has the RLD and RRD instructions which rotate a packed BCD in memory by 4 bits left or right, that effectively results in a multiplication or division by ten of that ...
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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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Does the video game Control (2019) depict a real computer system? What is it?

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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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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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 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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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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Was there a keyboard layout starting with "TBSY"?

I think it's a fake typewriter made from lightweight plastic foam plus some keys, casing parts, etc. from a SCM portable. Did you ever try to throw a typewriter? Hurling a heavy real typewriter around ...
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