The very first personal computers - How many are left?

From: R. D. Davis <>
Date: Thu Apr 10 23:16:00 2003

Quothe Vintage Computer Festival, from writings of Thu, Apr 10, 2003 at 08:30:32PM -0700:
> First, when I say "maturity" I mean in the sense of becoming more involved
> as a computer collector and learning more about the history. I know when
> I first started to collect in earnest I wanted nothing more than an IMSAI
> 8080. I now realize there are far more interesting machines from the same
> era.

While I'm probably not a computer "collector," in the sense that some
use to describe a collector, even though I do collect computers, the
historical significance of some systems has been of much interest to
me for many years. For example, over a decade ago, I began collecting
much information about PERQ graphics workstations... I've many
looseleaf binders (over a dozen, IIRC) filled with printed e-mail
discissions about them with people who created, used and manufatured
them. That, I didn't really view as an aspect of collecting, however;
it was mostly an excercise aimed at satisfying my own curiosity, but
with hacking and preservation in mind. Whether the notebooks will
ever mean anything to anyone else, or find their way to the recyclers
some day when I'm gone, time will tell.

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