General Chat Thread, Ghost websites....... in General; I found these by accident just now whilst doing a bit of looking up on Time Computers. Rmember them?
25th July 2011, 10:45 PM #1
I found these by accident just now whilst doing a bit of looking up on Time Computers. Rmember them?
Anyway they are (were) based just down the road from me and teh factory shop was amazing. Ever wonder what happended to all of those surplus 'bonus' software and games packs PC's used to be bundled with? Yup, the Time factory shop would sell them in huge boxes for a £1 a pop. I once got a Microsoft Sidewinder joystick brand new for £10. I've still got it in fact I digress. When looking them up I found these sites still up and running:
TimeUK.com : Buy your flat screen TV factory direct
Computers, Laptops and Plasma Screens from TimeUk.com
Time UK was a company that sort of carried on once Time Computers went belly up about 2004? If you look at the date at the bottom of the site and spec of the PC's and TV's on sale there (as well as the prices!) it makes you wonder if they left a server on somewhere when they all moved out!
25th July 2011, 11:03 PM #2
wow...talk about time being overpriced! lol
26th July 2011, 03:47 PM #3
For the time (pardon the pun) the were actually quite resonably priced. Shame the same could not be said for the first PC I ever brought from them in 97, a Cyrix 200Mhz beast with a whole 64 MB of SIMMS
Then my brother showed me his PII 400. I cried.
26th July 2011, 03:54 PM #4
[yorkshireman]Pah, that's nothing, in my day it was getting a pentium 75 with 16mb ram lad[/yorkshireman]
Originally Posted by Dos_Box
26th July 2011, 03:55 PM #5
Website is hosted by Supanet, so now you know where to go for a webhost that won't kick you off their server if you're a little late on your bills...
Pentium 75? Luxury! When I were'a lad, used ta DREAM of Pentium 75! I had to make do with an Intel 8088!
Originally Posted by MK-2
Last edited by AngryTechnician; 26th July 2011 at 04:00 PM.
26th July 2011, 04:03 PM #6
Tried Googleing for any trace of Tiny Computers. Nothing...
26th July 2011, 04:12 PM #7
Well, I only used P75 to show how affluent I was, I started with a 486SX 25, a friend got a 486DX 50 before I get the P75.
Originally Posted by AngryTechnician
I still remember paying out the £80 for a 4mb upgrade for the 486!
26th July 2011, 04:28 PM #8
Time swallowed them up when they ran into problems in 2002. But just like all of the other UK computer manufacturers, they suffered once everyone had brought a PC, and Dell etc realised that if they dropped their prices they could clear up. Are there any 'large' UK founded computer companies left now I wonder? Mesh went into receivership last month, and I think that was the last one.
Originally Posted by Rawns
26th July 2011, 04:43 PM #9
- Rep Power
26th July 2011, 05:10 PM #10
Strictly speaking, they are not home computer manufacturers as they, along with RM and Viglen, are still occupying niche market postions, but to be fair, in the long run their business model seems to be working a lot better than those who chased the PC gold rush of the late 90's - early 2000's.
26th July 2011, 06:28 PM #11
Anyone remember Escom? I had a Pentium P75 with a whopping 1GB hard drive and 8MB of RAM from them in about 1995. Windows 95 had not long been out and I was the first person in my class at School to have a PC running it, we were amazed watching all the little Video clips contained on the CD. Cost at the time, About £1300 with a 1MB ATI graphics card and a 14" Monitor. Wasn't long after that they went bust!
26th July 2011, 06:40 PM #12
Aye, I remember those. About the same time as when you bought a computer magazine, the centrefold (ooer!) pages were always black and green for Aries PCs. Few pages in, always a black and white Gateway advert.
Have a play on waybackmachine : Internet Archive Wayback Machine - good for a laugh
26th July 2011, 07:16 PM #13
Pffft my first proper computer was an Acorn A3010 with no HDD and a whole 2MB of RAM.
27th July 2011, 12:11 PM #14
Don't forget that Stone own Rock Computers, selling directly to consumers.
27th July 2011, 12:18 PM #15
Oh the memories of Tough It's Now Yours
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