Mu-43 Top Veteran
- Feb 8, 2020
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WOW! again. A far reaching collection! I've just got the first IBM models in my abode. Stopped just before the XT. Only 5150's and the like. And a 5161, of course!In the picture, it's a 20MB Seagate ST-225 -- "old reliable" -- but it's only for show; it's disabled, and I'm using a 512MB Compact Flash card as the hard drive instead. (Complete card installation: NIC, SBPro, Deluxde Option Board, CGA, MDA, LIM EMS, additional memory at a000-afff so I can extend DOS past 640K, floppy controller, IDE controller, and an extender card that goes to the IBM 5161 next to it which holds some of those cards.)
I have many more; the previous picture was just my "daily driver" that I have set up all the time for imaging disks, doing programming, historical research, etc. Most of systems are organized into rolling racks so that I can move them around and gain quick access as necessary. Here's half a shelf of one of those racks (apologies for the noise in the shot, it was lit by a single bulb):
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I've been collecting IBM PCs and compatibles (roughly 1981-1995 era) for many decades, and I help organize a vintage computer convention (that covers all vintage computing, not just PCs) in midwest USA every year. Last year we had over 1200 attendees, so there is still a sizable hobby for these.
Pride of place: the first IBM, with the 64K mother board.
But my special joy is spelled QL.
And ZX 80/81. Quirky Brits.