Mall directory computers
trash80 at internode.on.net
Mon Aug 1 05:06:22 CDT 2016
I'm not exactly sure - it was one of those things that someone gave me and I put it away - my policy is grab first and ask questions later so it doesn't become landfill.
I have tried to research this based on info from another reply but no joy.
I might open it up and see if there are any clues inside.
My understanding was that it was connected to a large flat panel monitor and just used for displaying advertisements and specials etc. It has a floppy disk "jammed" in the floppy drive which won't come out - not sure why.
From: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org] On Behalf Of drlegendre .
Sent: Monday, 1 August 2016 09:41
To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
Subject: Re: Mall directory computers
It's not +just+ an A500. What's the extra hardware piggybacked on the A500 case?
Looks to have a set of six RCA (F) type jacks on it. Is this for connection of a touchscreen display?
On Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 2:43 AM, Kevin Parker <trash80 at internode.on.net>
> Thanks for the clarity and the extra info - as I said I haven’t
> opened it or fired it up much less had a good look at it.
> Kevin Parker
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org] On Behalf Of Ian
> Sent: Sunday, 31 July 2016 17:28
> To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts <
> cctalk at classiccmp.org>
> Subject: Re: Mall directory computers
> That is certainly not a C= 64 as the title in your link suggests but
> rather an Amiga 500.
> These were quite popular for "video billboard" sort of purposes- I
> imagine they had it running SCALAMultimedia or a similar authoring environment.
> My local high school district channel ran on a similar setup for many
> years. I recall seeing it stuck on the Amiga Workbench one day...
> On Sunday, July 31, 2016, Kevin Parker <trash80 at internode.on.net> wrote:
> > Just spotted this Brad clearing up email after a 4 week break. I
> > can't answer your question but it reminded me of something that
> > other list users may be able to help with or it might just be of interest.
> > Quite some time ago a friend of mine bought a travel agent in a
> > shopping mall, did a refit of the shop and then later went bust.
> > Fortunately before the refit and going bust he gave me his old shop
> > display which was run on a modified Commodore.
> > I haven't opened it up or powered it up but if anyone knows what
> > this is I'd be grateful. I've posted some photos:
> > http://koken.advancedimaging.com.au/index.php?/albums/shop-mall-comm
> > od
> > ore-64/
> > Kevin Parker
> > -----Original Message-----
> > On Behalf Of Brad H
> > Sent: Thursday, 14 July 2016 12:25
> > To: 'General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts' <
> > Subject: Mall directory computers
> > Been wondering about this for a while. Just one of those odd childhood
> > memories.
> > When I was a kid growing up in Oakville, Ontario, I remember
> > Oakville Mall getting one of those very early mall directory computers.
> > This would have been like, 1982-84, somewhere thereabouts. From
> > what I remember, they had kind of CGA-sh graphics and a chiclet 'keyboard'
> > you used to browse the directory. I'm wondering, were they just
> > PCs, most likely? Or some kind of custom job?
> Ian Finder
> (206) 395-MIPS
> ian.finder at gmail.com
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