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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does any computer resemble the model taught in UK secondary education?

Microchip PIC family of microcontrollers very closely resembles this model. They are widely used in embedded systems, you probably have several in your home. A block diagram of the architecture can be ...
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Identifying motherboard and CPU

Apart from the unrecognized branding on the CPU (ceramic; upper-right in photo) chip, this appears to be a bog standard ISA '386 motherboard, probably running at 25 MHz. CPU looks like the right ...
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What was the small (cheap) atari-2600 compatible personal computer (not legal) called, that you could program 2600 games, in the 80's?

The Bit 60 and Bit 90, from the company BIT CORPORATION, were said to be able to accept VCS 2600 (hereafter called, simply, VCS) cartridges but there's scant information out there about them. The Bit ...
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Does any computer resemble the model taught in UK secondary education?

It is an extremely common approach for discrete CPUs (CPUs implemented with discrete logic elements, both with integrated circuits and previous technologies), and also in early single-chip CPUs. Some ...
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What was a MicroAce?

It's possible your colleague misremembered or conflated two names. After all, the prefix Micro- is common enough in computer-related branding (see also the MicroBee, Microtan 65, and others). It's ...
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Identifying motherboard and CPU

Going by pinout and socket type it's a pretty generic 80386DX (*1) board based on the VIA FLEX I chipset (SL90xx). Probably 1990/91ish. It would need a better set of photos - especially of the ...
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Does any computer resemble the model taught in UK secondary education?

The old IBM1130 comes close. Here's the console, which displays much of the CPU state: INSTRUCTION ADDRESS is your PC. INTERRUPT LEVELS + CONDITION REGISTER are your SR. OPERATION REGISTER + ...
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Looking for an 8-bit microcomputer with a hardware-accelerated database

I believe you are referring to the seminal CAFS system introduced by ICL in the 1970s. This was a combination of a hard drive and a custom computer that performed database searches without the data ...
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Is this Votan voice assistant from 1984 a real system?

The first experiments in speech recognition go all the way back to the 1950s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speech_recognition#Pre-1970 But, it wasn't commercialized until the late 1980s, and it didn'...
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