The Squale was a strange computer which was sold in very small quantities. The BASIC was supplied in a cartridge. Only 28 KB were free for the user (4 KB for the monitor, 28 KB for BASIC and FLEX and 32 KB for the video memory). One of its interesting characteristics was its built-in modem (Thomson EFB 7510, 1200 baud, full duplex or 1200/75 baud, half duplex). The designers of this computer apparently encountered lots of problems with the development of the Squale, which explains why it sold in such limited quantities.
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Believe it or not: one of my relatives won one of these computers by answering with my help a phone quiz on Radio Arc-En-Ciel, a local radio. I remember there were 2 questions to be answered: 1) How many bits in a byte? and 2) Which processor is powering the Squale? :-)
The machine had a really sturdy riveted metal sheet case. If I recall correctly the user manual was a tiny paperback, the machine was pretty buggy and therefore useless, so it soon landed in a closet. Unfortunately, 30 years later I don''t know what happened to it.
Saturday 26th December 2020
Denis Faivre (France)
Does anyone have a Squale that they are willing to sell? I am interested in purchasing one, preferably with the S-BASIC manual.