I have just been asked to do a talk on retro computing at Au Contraire
, New Zealands 31st National Science Fiction convention in Wellington on Saturday 28th August. If you're keen to come along, I'll be on at 10 or 11am on Saturday. Registrations close this week I think. The programme hasn't yet been updated (they originally wanted someone to talk about case modding) but here is the brief prÃ©cis I provided:The 80s in 8-bits: The Home Computer Revolution
The late 1970s through to early 1990s were a golden age of personal
computing. For a decade and a half hundreds of manufacturers produced
thousands of models, all unique with their very own capabilities,
programming languages and software. Many of us today got our first
taste of computing on computers like the Apple II, Sinclair ZX81,
Commodore Vic-20 or Atari 400.
For the past 15 years Andrew Stephen has been collecting computers from
this vibrant era of computing history. Drawing from over 150 computers
in his personal collection, Andrew will present a personal account of the
machines and the personal computer revolution.