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10 Computers That Turn 25 in 2015

With the new year comes a new crop of computers that meet the arbitrary but commonly accepted age of 25 years needed to be considered “vintage.” The list below is just a sampling of newly vintage systems. Feel free to add your own in the comments section. Amstrad 464plus and 6128plus: These systems replaced the […]

A Look Back at Kaypro/Non-Linear Systems

With the passing of founder Andrew Kay earlier this week, I thought it only appropriate to take a look back at Kaypro’s computers. The company had a long history before producing its first computer in 1982. Launched in 1952 as Non-Linear Systems (NLS), Kay and his company made their mark selling the world’s first digital […]

Remembering Wayne Green

Wayne Green, who founded or co-founded many early computer magazines including BYTE, 80 Micro, Kilobaud Microcomputing, Run, and InCider, passed away earlier this month at age 91. Wayne was a polarizing figure in the early days of the microcomputer; he had strong, often unpopular opinions and was not afraid to express them. I saw this […]

Six Milestone Computing Ads

In 1923, Ned Jordan created an advertisement that changed the way cars were sold. Jordan’s company sold a sporty roadster called the Playboy. “Somewhere west of Laramie there’s a bronco-busting, steer-roping girl who knows what I’m talking about,” the ad began. “She can tell what a sassy pony that’s a cross between greased lightning and […]

Apple 1 Escapee Listed on eBay

According to the description of an auction listing on eBay, at least two of the Apple 1’s traded in for Apple II’s escaped destruction. An Apple employee snagged them from Steve Wozniak’s office. Here’s an excerpt from the listing: “Cliff dropped into Steve Jobs’ office one day and couldn’t help but notice the huge pile […]

IBM’s Art Collection

While going through my bookshelves recently, I came across a book called Contemporary Art of 79 Countries. What makes the book relevant to this blog is that it was produced by IBM, and it essentially is a catalog of the art collection Tom Watson put together for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. IBM commissioned […]

Claude Kagan’s Burroughs B-205 Lost in Fire

The barn where Claude Kagan founded RESISTORS, one of the first computer clubs, in the 1970s burned to the ground the morning of Dec. 3, 2009.  The barn housed a number of vintage computers including a Symbolics 3670, a number of AT&T 3B2s, and most significantly, a Burroughs B-205 mainframe. According to posts on the […]