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
Adam Coe on Sunday, December 10, 2017
AMAZING...please tell me it has all the software on it...IPaint, Offshore Fishing, Day In The Life, Math many good ones.
Ean Bowman on Wednesday, April 19, 2017
I grew up with these things in my classrooms. Could you be so kind as to post high-resolution photos of the motherboard? For both the Icon and the Lexicon? Can you carefully archive the software? I would like to make an effort to emulate this system for posterity. I think quite a few Canadians were peeved to learn our government threw out these $2500 apiece machines altogether. It would be nice to be able to relive a bit of history and ensure the memories stay alive.
Carl Tessier on Sunday, May 8, 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 3, 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!!!
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