|My interest in computers started in 1978
when I was introduced to a Commodore PET at High School. I learned how
to program in BASIC and then 6502 machine code on a Tangerine Microtan 65
which I had persuaded my parents to buy for the following Christmas.
The Microtan kept me amused until 1986, when I bought a Commodore 128.
This was a great machine, which had 128k RAM and 6502 and a Z80. It
also had a Commodore 64 compatible mode which could be used for playing all
the games that were around at the time. Sadly, I no longer have this
machine as I sold it to fund buying an Atari ST in 1989.
My Microtan 65 and
||The 1980's were an exciting time for computers.
There were a huge number of manufacturers, many bringing out a new machine every
year or so. Every machine was different; a problem for the software
developers, but that's what makes it interesting! At one stage, there was
enough going on to fill the pages of at least one weekly computer magazine.
There were monthly magazines dedicated to each of the major manufacturers,
such as Sinclair, Commodore and Amstrad, as well as user groups and computer
In the end, the market polarised into the two
main groups we have today, the IBM PC compatible and the Apple Macintosh.
Computers are still changing at an accelerating pace, but it seems that now all
we get is an increase in speed and memory, with the occasional excitement of a
new operating system release. This does make today's computers much easier
to use, of course.
I started collecting vintage computers around
1992. The computers section of the museum
shows my collection of computers. It is by no means a complete record of all
the computers that were available, but I'm working on it! There's a photograph
of all the computers, a brief specification and some personal notes. I've put
in the facts as I understand them - if you know any different, please correct
The articles are taken
from the many magazines that were available at the time. I have chosen
articles that show some of the major events of the time, as well as some that
are relevant to events happening today. There are only a few articles at the
moment, but I've got a huge pile of magazines still to wade through.
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