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A > ACT > Apricot F2 / F10


This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the ACT Apricot F2 / F10 computer. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message! For other purposes like sales messages, hardware & software questions or information requests, please use our main forum.

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Monday 7th September 2015
Chris ( NJ)

looking for one of these also, preferably in the US. dreyfusshudson at yahoo dot com. Thanks.

Tuesday 31st January 2012
chris ze miller

I seem to recall my favoured computer was called The Apricot Vine.But my ultimate wish list computer was the Apricot Xen.The Apricot I hired may have been called The Vine.They really were mega money to buy.Considering my freehold shop was £18000 to buy.A further £2500 for a computer was out of the question.Multiply by 8 .Shop worth £150,000 today is like £20000 for the Apricot.At that time Canon invented the colour photo copier and their sales marketing team were geared up to hire it.I wanted one.At the Which? Computer Show they were all stunned when I tried to buy one!Took ages to get back to me with a price.One Million Pounds! Recently I bought a colour A3 copier,scanner,printer $ a windows 7 computer all in for £600.I think to myself.I wonder if there are still businesses around the world paying for the monthly hire purchase agreement for their apricot computer and canon colour copier!

Tuesday 31st January 2012
chris ze miller (Shropshire,UK)

In Feb 1986 I hired an Apricot from Dik Bic in Shrewsbury and paid £184 for the month.I could not learn Gem Write and gave it back.In comparison in January 1988 I paid £582 for an Amstrad 9512 and within a short space of time was printing out my mail order catalogue without having to refer to the instruction book.In those days one could go to evening classes to learn how to use Wordstar.Conclusion.Software that needs instruction books or evening classes is poorly written $ best avoided.Both Wordstar $ Gem Write have totally disappeared.

Tuesday 22nd January 2002
Andrew Muldoon (UK)

I quote from your page on the F2:
"Apparently they were to be sold with GEM Write and GEM Paint (along with the GEM edsktop ?)... did it really happen ?"
I can confirm that it did ship with GemDesktop.
I have a fully working F2 with original manuals, disks and box. It is a great machine and was the 1st computer I ever owned.
The actual one I have is the 1st computer I ever owned....bought from new and I sold it in 1994, but I got it back early this year.
Nice site you have.

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