Personal Computer Museum, Canada's Videogame Museum



Release Date: 12/1/1984
Manufacturer: Unisys
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The Icon was a computer system used in the schools of Ontario, Canada in the mid 1980's. It ran the QNX operating system and used a file server. This machine is important for historical reasons for personal computers in general but more specifically for Canada as well.

It turns out that Northwest Fur Trader, one of the more popular educational titles for the system was written by one of our volunteers!.


This computer is currently interactive in the Museum.

User Comments
Carl Tessier on Sunday, May 08, 2016
Oh, this is awesome. My elementary school in Quebec had a computer lab full of networked ICON workstations hooked to a LexICON file server. Years later, I remembered going in this lab and playing various games and using a paint program, but I had no recollection of what this obscure system was, except that it probably ran some flavour of UNIX. It took me almost twenty years to figure out what exactly these computers were and I'm glad this museum has one on display! It's definitely a great piece of Canadian computing history.
Ryan on Sunday, February 14, 2016
Emulator! I would love to play Build-a-bird again! I appreciate what you guys are doing. Looking forward to visiting the museum.
matthew on Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Is there any way I can even find pictures of the offshore fishing game? someone please email me pictures of this game Or even better an emulator.. i havent played this game in 28 years!!!
Gerold on Friday, January 09, 2015
Any news on a emulator for this computer? Please!! Get it on kickstarter! We really want to play offshore fishing, peggies way home/peggies potluck (or what ever It was called) robot r&d etc..
Jon on Saturday, August 23, 2014
I guess I am showing my age, but I remember the first year these things hit highschool and there were none of the programs the other posters are mentioning available. I learned to program in C instead since there was nothing else to really do.
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