a glob of nerdishness

March 8, 2007


written by natevw @ 8:23 pm

Thanks to Ned, I found Old-computers.com, which has apparently been around longer than when I put up a list of vintage computers that I was playing with circa 1999.

I’ve just finished reading The Autodesk File in original book form (although it is now available online) and this site would have been a great reference to all the early personal computers mentioned therein!

Perhaps my first memory of computers was playing Starblaze on my dad’s Tandy Model 100. I remember him coding Tic-Tac-Toe on an Apple /// that sat in my room for ages, which I eventually “networked” with a long serial cable to a TRS-80 Model III that found its way into another corner. Then came the CoCo2(1) years, where I would turn the living room into a dance hall by looping the screen through colors controlled by a pair of joysticks. Good times! I sometimes miss those days when the guts of the computer were just a PEEK or a POKE away. Instead of surfing through a googol of sites, most of what I learned in those days came from poring through one BASIC Program Conversions book(2).

  1. it happens to be the site’s computer of the day today
  2. …which my mom graciously found for me when the library discarded it at last!

1 Comment

  1. And don’t forget one of the coolest, the AT&T Unix PC, a.k.a. PC7300 or 3B-1.
    I had the DOS coprocessor, so I had Unix & DOS all in one box and could login via serial port from the Tandy M100 or the Apple ///.

    And if you’re feeling very nostalgic, remember that you can have some of these old computers and help clean out my shed at the same time!


    Comment by Doug Vander Wilt — March 26, 2007 @ 5:36 pm

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