The year was 1982 when an innovative and new subscription based computer was released to the general public in Ottawa Canada: The NABU Personal Computer. Powerful and advanced, it ran entirely off an operating system and software delivered by a 6mbit cable TV connection. You've probably never heard of it because it was not a commercial success, but let's take a look at the hardware and technical documentation about what makes up this failed computer. 0:00 Intro 3:01 Looking at the outside and inside 9:45 Power Supply 11:15 Keyboard 15:12 Power up test 17:18 The NABU Network and technical information 30:17 Conclusion and outro Video Links NABU PC eBay listing: (available as of Nov 20 2022) 🤍🤍ebay.com/itm/394319978146 (original listing. The seller seems to be releasing them in batches now, so try back later and check for relistings) Some videos from Leo Binkowski, a software developer for NABU back when the company was operating. News report: 🤍youtu.be/yKV-nH3rLHE Inside a NABU development machine: 🤍🤍youtube.com/watch?v=QlpZFAX4MZo NABU PC User's Guide: (Color scan) 🤍archive.org/details/nabu-personal-computer-users-guide NABU Technical Manual and Schematics: 🤍archive.org/details/nabu-computer-technical-manual-by-mjp More information from the seller of the NABU: (including untested flash device for it, pics and more.) 🤍pellmill.com/NABU/Code-HTML/Index.html Some additional history behind the NABU: (from someone's who's family was heavily involved) 🤍🤍youtube.com/watch?v=FFaWJu3hDP4 NABU Network (Wikipedia) 🤍en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NABU_Network NABU PC and other information: 🤍dunfield.classiccmp.org/nabu/index.htm York University NABU Reconstruction Project: 🤍museum.eecs.yorku.ca/nabu Adrian's Digital Basement Merch store: 🤍my-store-c82bd2-2.creator-spring.com/ Adrian's Digital Basement ][ (Second Channel) 🤍🤍youtube.com/channel/UCbtwi4wK1YXd9AyV_4UcE6g Support the channel on Patreon: 🤍🤍patreon.com/adriansdigitalbasement Tools Deoxit D5: 🤍amzn.to/2VvOKy1 🤍store.caig.com/s.nl/it.A/id.1602/.f O-Ring Pick Set: (I use these to lift chips off boards) 🤍amzn.to/3a9x54J Elenco Electronics LP-560 Logic Probe: 🤍amzn.to/2VrT5lW Hakko FR301 Desoldering Iron: 🤍amzn.to/2ye6xC0 Rigol DS1054Z Four Channel Oscilloscope: 🤍🤍rigolna.com/products/digital-oscilloscopes/1000z/ Head Worn Magnifying Goggles / Dual Lens Flip-In Head Magnifier: 🤍amzn.to/3adRbuy TL866II Plus Chip Tester and EPROM programmer: (The MiniPro) 🤍amzn.to/2wG4tlP 🤍🤍aliexpress.com/item/33000308958.html TS100 Soldering Iron: 🤍amzn.to/2K36dJ5 🤍🤍ebay.com/itm/TS100-65W-MINI-Digital-OLED-Programmable-Soldering-Iron-Anti-static-Structure/113382669853 EEVBlog 121GW Multimeter: 🤍🤍eevblog.com/product/121gw/ DSLogic Basic Logic Analyzer: 🤍amzn.to/2RDSDQw 🤍🤍ebay.com/itm/USB-Logic-DSLogic-Basic-Analyzer-16Ch-100MHz-4Ch-400MHz-Xilinx-Spartan-6-FPGA/202543965672 Magnetic Screw Holder: 🤍amzn.to/3b8LOhG 🤍🤍harborfreight.com/4-inch-magnetic-parts-tray-90566.html Universal ZIP sockets: (clones, used on my ZIF-64 test machine) 🤍🤍ebay.com/itm/14-16-18-20-24-28-32-40-pin-IC-Test-Universal-ZIF-Socket-Fs/303206721971 RetroTink 2X Upconverter: (to hook up something like a C64 to HDMI) 🤍🤍retrotink.com/ Plato (Clone) Side Cutters: (order five) 🤍🤍ebay.com/itm/1-2-5-10PCS-Micro-Scissor-125mm-PLATO-170-Electronics-Cutter-Side-Cutting-Pliers/163458746184 Heat Sinks: 🤍🤍aliexpress.com/item/32537183709.html Little squeezy bottles: (available elsewhere too) 🤍amzn.to/3b8LOOI - Links My GitHub repository: 🤍github.com/misterblack1?tab=repositories Commodore Computer Club / Vancouver, WA – Portland, OR – PDX Commodore Users Group 🤍🤍commodorecomputerclub.com/ - Instructional videos My video on damage-free chip removal: 🤍🤍youtube.com/watch?v=XQVjwPsVFd8 - Music Intro music and other tracks by: Nathan Divino 🤍itsnathandivino
It looks like a rebranded videotron box from the time. It was cable tv and they were first to really do fancy tv. You could watch a hockey game from multiple cameras instead of the one from the tv channel. You could also play what looked like old coleco games like burgertime.
This very much reminds me of the ICON computers we had in the schools here in Ontario while I was growing up, where each computer itself wasn't able to do much of anything and relied on talking to a master server elsewhere in a school. Alas, AFAIK most ICONs were destroyed once support for them ended and thus little remains of their legacy; which is sad because many of the games were a very unique mix of typical educational components with typical gaming components. (Though forced users to answer any questions they skipped after playing through a round of a game, thus a student would play a game but skip all the questions, then whoever used the computer next would be forced to just answer questions.)
I can tell you exactly why it failed. Huge up front cost for a PC that doesn't work when you lose the service with software you lose when you lose service. Sounds like a lose lose lose situation.
Have you ever heard of a Video Technologies VZ-100? It was my first computer along with a 16k RAM pack.
Not exactly oem but if you can’t find an oem and want a quiet one why not get noctuas?
I don't think this will run Doom.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.
And have a Happy New Year.
My NABU Saga:
I haven’t been able to keep up with or appreciate “NABU Fever”.
For the past 6 weeks my life has been hijacked.
The reason is simple, my life was consumed by handling, testing, and shipping NABU items.
This includes countless hours of warehouse management (of my NABU Stack).
In that time period I shipped 578 orders (671 packages).
I dedicated all my time to getting all the orders out as soon as possible. (I apologize for the delays.)
I shipped on average over 100 items a week.
I could do no more.
My account had been suspended by eBay because of the (unusual?) circumstances surrounding it.
So currently I cannot list my items on eBay and eBay owes me a lot of money.
I shipped the last of the orders (from Adrian’s 2-day order surge) on Friday (12/30/22).
That was the highlight of the day. A day to celebrate – so I thought.
So that Friday I called eBay to see when I can relist my NABU items and when I can get the money that they owe me.
eBay’s Response: My account will be suspended until “all” the orders have been “delivered”.
Approximately 35% of my sales are out of the country (USA).
So, it will be weeks before all those orders are delivered.
So, it looks like I am going to be in "eBay Jail" for a while.
Oh yes, so for the rest of that Friday, I was outside from 8:00 PM to 4:00 AM on “warehouse management duties”.
And I moved 125 NABU Computers and 20 Adaptors into the house. (Ready for testing.)
Hopefully, I don’t sound like I’m complaining. I just wanted to explain why you haven’t heard from me.
I am very happy that the NABU Computers are selling and all the activity (read enjoyment) that is surrounding them.
Also, this was a test, and my 68-year-old body has passed it with flying colors.
Tired - yes; sore - yes; but 8 lbs. lighter and stronger than last year. Ha!
Don’t worry. When my account is restored, I will have plenty of NABU Computers to sell.
At that point I will moderate the listed amounts so I can process the orders in a timely manner.
Now excuse me, I have to catch up with 6-weeks of phone calls and emails.
There will be many apologies.
In the meantime, I am considering selling the NABU Computers on another platform.
I feel that I am being treated unfairly by eBay.
I am open to suggestions for alternate selling platforms.
This makes me miss my MSX.... I have had so much fun with that thing when I was a kid. 😞 memory lane :D
They seem to have just now sold out of those NOS on ebay, last sold was end of november 22 and now one is bid up to 182 bucks at the end of december 22
Getting the software over TV cable network instead of disks sounds convenient and since it was a subscription service I can imagine it was a cheap alternative to actually owning a computer and software. Guess as computers become more affordable the demand for something like this dropped or was not big to begin with if they were launching in regions where people could afford to buy their computers.
That computer tinks its so smarty. It tinks its processor so big.
Put this in your room
I'm still early in the video, so maybe this gets addressed, but what's the blue unmarked RAM chip for?
jesus...if wargames was a thing during 80's....the kid bought wrong computer for it ....should bought nabu if he was this interested in online games than hacking through WOPR for all the trouble for just games....well least nabu lived on the idea with sega channel in america
used one very basic
THIS is a flattering testament to "Adrians Digital Basement" (FROM NABU COMPUTER SALES GUY ON EBAY)
We’re working on getting the orders out. (We ship worldwide.)
Over a couple days I got a flood of over 500 orders. (And we all know why.... Adrian's Digital Basement)
I am a one-man business and can test, handle, and ship (at best) about 40 orders per day.
Because of my backlog "eBay" has temporarily suspended my listings.
I am a new (unknown) seller, so this is a measure (on eBay's part) to protect their buyers.
However, once I catch up with orders, eBay will restore my listings, and we'll be selling again.
I am working night and day to fulfill all current the orders.
My girlfriend is even helping me. (Thanks, Honey!)
Last week we shipped only 100 units. This week we hope to do better. So far this week we shipped 120 units.
But don't worry, I have plenty of them, and I should be selling once again in 2 to 3 weeks.
This whole situation has taken me completely by surprise.
Thanks for your understanding.
Hmmm I smell a Pi emulator to get it working.
It'd be interesting if you could use a the proposed PI head end to stream (and probably backup) software off of GitHub.
Ebay relisting says 200 sold, I guess there is a pretty sizeable batch of these things somewhere and they really are shifting.