VIC wrote:Thanks Tezza, can I ask how you defined your list?
Sure. It's really a combination of three things. First, I wanted "classic" models. This is a subjective term but for me these are models or "lines of models" that were "significant" historically. People know about them, they were either popular, innovative, trend setters (or perhaps notrious failures). Consequently there was software and support for most of them. Second, there were a few models I just wanted purely for nostalgic reasons because I used to drool over the ads and could never afford them. Third, they fitted into a rough timeline from the time of the "trinity" (1977) to about 1990.
I've also been given a few machines I wouldn't have otherwise sought out and they also grace the collection.
The original "classics" list was...
Apple II or II+
TRS-80 Model 1
Atari 400 or 800
System 80 (which I already had. A classic for Australia and NZ)
IBM PC (5150)
TRS-80 Colour Computer
Atari 800XL (mainly because I couldn't get a straight 800)
TRS-80 Model 100
Commodore SX-64 (first colour luggable)
IBM XT (5160)
Apple Macintosh (preferably a 128 but it had to be a "baby" mac)
Mattel Aquarius (as an example of an abject failure)
An Amiga of some sort
A 16 bit Atari of some sort
IBM AT (5170)
An IBM PS/2 with MDA slots
An early PC-compatible Laptop
A Mac Powerbook
A machine typical of a Windows 3.1 unit
You'll see from my collection that I have more with than this. Others were not necessarily what I would call "classics" but were either early enough (e.g. the Challenger), interesting in other ways (e.g. Spectravideo with it's MSX leanings) or I'd seen them in ads at the time and always wanted one (Colour Genie, TRS-80 Model 4), or I'd actually owned them in the past (e.g. the NEC 8201a). Some computers in my collection were donated.
I'd love to collect more oddball machines such the Computerphone, which was donated. I find these weird and wacky ones really interesting from a design perspective but I just don't have the room. They often go cheaply because no one knows anything about them.