(If only they were still as cheap as they were back then...)
My attitude regarding almost any hobby is it should be a journey of discovery, not just a passive exercise in collecting. I have very little interest in owning a meticulously restored original Apple Lisa or I or whatever that sits on a pedestal and never does anything. If nothing else my house isn't big enough for that. Therefore my modus operandi is generally to only have one or two of my limited (but fairly diverse) collection out at a time, and keeping it out as long as I feel like I have some fun ideas to try out with it. Lately I've started branching out from just fiddling with/repairing the original hardware to trying to build my own hardware add-ons. So... basically, if your idea of a good time with old computers looks more like this:
Here's a brief list of the systems I own that might find their way into the discussion:
- "Classic" TRS-80 models 1, 4, and 4P. Also Color Computer 3
- Tandy 1000 EX and HX (My current favorite lab rats!)
- Several Apple II-family systems. (Frankenstein'ed II+ clone, IIc, and IIgs)
- Some early Macintosh systems (512k, Plus, LC III)
- Several different models of Commodore PET
- Amiga 1000
- Northstar S100 CP/M chassis
- Various other bits and bobs, depending on how deep I want to dig, including UNIX workstations and some embedded development systems.
- Whatever might happen to fall into my lap if I'm lucky tomorrow.