My Retrocomputing Collection
For the most part, modern PCs are all alike. You can either buy (or build)
an x86-based clone with a hardware legacy that traces back to the IBM PC, or
you can buy a Macintosh. That's not a whole lot of choice, and it's
narrowed further by the software you want to run (the reason most people state (accurate or not)
as to why they don't buy Macs, though there are some programs (Photoshop comes to mind as
an example) that drive some sales toward the Mac).
In the '80s, the situation was completely different. Nearly every company
had its own idea of what a computer should be, so this resulted in a wide
variety of unique designs, most of which brought an interesting feature or
two to the table. Some of the companies involved are still around at this
point, such as Apple
Most, though, have either folded (like Commodore) or have gotten
out of the computer business to concentrate on other products (like
, which goes by RadioShack nowadays).
For that matter, even IBM has gotten out of the desktop-computer business...
sold it to the Chinese a while back to focus on servers, mainframes, and other
stuff that makes them a hell of a lot more money than desktop PCs.
I guess that makes Apple the last company standing.
Here's the short list of what's in my "collection" at this time. The list
items will change to links as pages are added for each system.
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