There are three criteria met by the computers listed here: They were, with a very few exceptions, built before 1985 (which classifies them as antiques in the computer world), they were built primarily to be used by individuals or very small groups and they were built to be sold inexpensively. That, along with the obvious requirement that these artifacts are actually computers, is my definition of "Vintage Personal Computer." Another requirement for listing here is, of course, that the item in question is in my personal collection. If you don't see it listed here then I probably don't have one. . . yet.
With that in mind there is now a Kenbak-1 and a Mark-8 in the collection. These machines are considered by many to be the first true personal computers. Depending on how you define your terms, that is.
On these pages you'll also find a brief history of microcomputers, a look at my collection of old machines and a few other tidbits that I have found useful. You will also find the Vintage Computer Forum (VC Forums or VCF to some) which is a message board for the vintage computer community. It is my sincerest hope that this forum continues to grow as a center for sharing, learning and camaraderie within the classic computer community.
Please note: This site is under constant construction and it probably always will be. If something isn't there today, check back tomorrow or next week and hopefully it will have appeared. As my collection and knowledge grows, so will these pages.
Also note, contributions are always welcome. If you see anything in error or if you have detail to add to any of the information you find here, please feel free to contact me at this address with whatever you have to offer. I'll do my best to use anything contributed and I'll credit everything I use.
I also adopt old, classic computer systems to save them from the scrap heap. Please keep in mind that I am not Bill Gates and, therefore, don't have unlimited resources or unlimited space for old systems. For most older computers and related items (software, manuals, magazines, etc.) I will be happy to pay shipping to have them sent to me (I'll drive to most places in the San Francisco Bay Area and possibly beyond to pick up interesting items as well). For some particularly interesting artifacts I may be willing to pay a premium above shipping depending on completeness, condition and my budget (see my Wish List for computers and parts that I'm especially interested in.) In all instances, however, if you have an historic system that you can no longer care for, I can and will do my best to find it a home, even if it's not my home.
Whatever you do, donate your classic computer, don't throw it away!
A collection of magazines, books and similar items.
The computers and sysetms in my collection.
Vintage items related to computers. Advertising, gadgets, etc.
Various vintage computing events and places we've shown off the toys.
Helpful information about the hobby.
Links to other vintage computing resources.