Interak 1

160917-img_20160917_101041Back in the day, manufacturers of small computer were legion. There were myriad little companies trying their hand at getting into micros. If you look back through the pages of Electronic Today International, Practical Wireless etc. you will find adverts for these small companies selling their kits, PCB etc.

It was usual in those pre-web days to send off a “Stamped-Addressed-Envelope” (SAE) along with some unused postage stamps and in due course a catalogue would arriveย  detailing the product available.

On such company was Greenbank Electronics of Merseyside here in the UK. Their machine was the Interak 1, a Z80 based computer composed of a 19″ rack with a backplane and a collection of cards that could be purchased individually as funds allowed.

Back then there were many companies vying for my money and whilst I got as far as sending off the stamps to Greenbank and getting the Interak catalogue, I got no further.

However, as you can see above, thanks to the generosity of a friend of mine, I now have an Interak1 and I am very happy about it.

 

2 thoughts on “Interak 1”

  1. Hi Andy,
    really good to see your Interak. I had one back in the 80’s, which I build, and beleive it or not, early this year someone, like me one of the early builders found my Interak in a skip in Cambridge, where I sold it to a company.
    It needed some work and a friend helped me with the help of a PIC do the conversion on the keyboard. If you take a look at my website, there’s some pictures dating back to that time.
    Tell us more about your computer, where/who did it come from??
    Best wishes Mel. take a look here: http://www.interak.co.uk/

    1. Thanks Mel,
      I discovered the interak.co.uk site a few years ago and found it very useful when I first got my machine.

      You certainly struck lucky finding your original machine. I never find anything that good in a skip ๐Ÿ™‚

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