Recently I created a video discussing the genesis and growth of my computing hobby.Continue reading TBT: The “How” of my Computer Hobby
“It sure is nice to get out of that bag…”Continue reading IBM ThinkPad T42: Three-year Update
A couple years ago, I listed my top five choices for vintage computer models I’d like to own. I thought I’d do a follow-up and see what has changed.
So, let’s look at my choices.
5. Apple II
The Apple II maintains its position in fifth place. The computer is the epitome of the early personal computing industry. Introduced in 1977 by the fledgling Apple Computer, this computer needs very little introduction. (Click here to learn more.)
The Apple II is plentiful and easy to find; they were mass-produced over a span of 16 years with many different models (Apple II, II Plus, IIe, IIc, IIgs.) However, the Apple II can be somewhat difficult to use.
4. IBM PC or PS/2
The IBM PC is a landmark computer in computing history. Introduced in 1981, it started the entire PC and “PC-Clone” industry, using Intel processors and Microsoft’s MS-DOS (eventually Windows.) After several iterations of the original IBM PC, IBM introduced the PS/2 (Personal System/2) series in 1987 as a replacement for the original PC, introducing new standards and ports.
The PC or PS/2 is a must for any vintage computer collection. The original IBM PC can run early versions of MS-DOS (and PC-DOS) whereas the PS/2 can run newer versions and even early Windows versions. Like the Apple II, the PC is based around MS-DOS – a command-line interface, making it somewhat difficult to use.
3. IBM ThinkPad (pre-2000)
The ThinkPad has long been heralded by many as one of the best Windows laptops on the market. Having owned a couple (and typing this on one), I can agree.
While I have the IBM ThinkPad T42, I’d like to have a portable IBM ThinkPad that can run earlier versions of Windows between 3.11 and 98.
2. 486 Gateway 2000
My second choice is a PC-Clone that was my first computer: a 486-based Gateway 2000 running Windows 3.11.
Besides the nostalgia of being my first computer, the Gateway 2000 can run many of the popular games and software of the early 1990s. With Windows 3.11, it is easy to use and features a graphical user interface. However, Windows 3.11 still has the MS-DOS underlay, so I can go into MS-DOS when I want to.
Unfortunately, Gateway 2000 models (prior to the 1997 name change) are somewhat rare and expensive.
1. Macintosh SE/30
Strangely, #1 in my original post is now my first choice.
Instead of generalizing it as just “Compact Macs” (like I did in 2018), I’ve narrowed it down to the Macintosh SE/30. The SE/30 is old enough that it has that “early Mac” charm, but new enough that it can run many of the games and software of the era. The SE/30 has the Motorola 68030 processor, which places it above the SE and many other Macs of the era.
Unfortunately, vintage Macs are not plentiful in my area… and are expensive when they come up for sale.
Since it’s gloomy, damp and just overall depressing outside – I decided to stay inside and try out OpenMPT on the IBM ThinkPad T42.Continue reading OpenMPT meets the T42
Just like people who collect cars, movies, pyrex, and tupperware, there are always things you want to collect within that hobby. And while there are quite a few models of computers I’d like to eventually own – I’ll include my top five (reasonable) choices here and talk about them a little bit. Continue reading Top 5 Most Wanted Computers
Recently, the ideas have been flowing like a river… Continue reading Update: 2/5/2018
The first entry in 2018… Continue reading New Year’s Update
The alternative title for this entry was “Working with 512MB in 2017…” Continue reading A Week with the T42
Today I received a new toy from Canada… Continue reading T42: A New Toy
Last week, my 85-year old grandfather stumbled across an old hard drive I had laying around. He picked it up and asked “what is this?” Continue reading The Hard Drive