Preview of Museum of Communications and Computing and a Chance to Win an iPod.

Identify the computer in the background for a chance to win an ipod. had a privilege of having a preview of Ireland’s only Communications and Computer Museum which is being housed at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at NUI Galway. It is a collaboration with eGalway and will be officially opening on November the 16th.

Apart from using history as a context for understanding the present it has another purpose which is to inspire young people to consider careers in science and engineering as interesting and worthwhile.

Ireland has a strong tradition of being welcoming to high-tech researchers, innovators and manufacturers right back to when Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) set up their first plant in Galway in 1971.

Computers on display, amongst many others, are the DEC Vax, Digital Rainbow, Apple 11, Apple Macintosh, IBM PC, Commodore 64, Vic-20, BBC and the Sinclair ZX81. Gaming is well represented and there will be an opportunity to play some of the legendary video games of the 70s and 80s.

Portable computing, printing and microprocessing technologies are also well represented in the exhibition as can be seen in this video.

To mark the opening of the museum Brendan Smith, the curator, has offered an ipod as a prize for the first correct answer out of the hat on Monday, November 8th.

The competition is to identify the computer that is in the background of the picture. Many will recognise the computer in the foreground as the BBC Microcomputer.

Send your answer to and a rather cool ipod could be yours.

On another note; with a month to go there is still a gap in the collection where an Atari gaming console should be. If you or if you know of someone who would be willing to donate their machine to the museum then rest assured it be well taken care of and Brendan will be very grateful.

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