A RadioShack TRS-80 Model 1, one of the original "trinty" of off-the-shelf microcomputers released in 1977
Ever since I saw a TRS-80 Model 1 playing Blackjack back in 1979, I've had a fascination with microcomputers.
Of course these days computers (we've stopped calling them microcomputers) are simply consumables, and have also morphed into common household gadgets such as personal assistants and trackers, smartphones and tablets. Not only is computing technology everywhere, but it is also inexpensive, reliable and increasingly more powerful. Storage is now spoken in terms of terabytes, and cloud computing and A.I. are the latest frontiers. However, back in those pre-Internet/pre-Windows years from 1975-86 computers were wondrous, mysterious and all different. "Micros" seemed to point to an exciting future, and that is exactly what came to pass.
This webspace is devoted to the computers and computing culture of those years, from my own personal perspective and often with a "down under" flavour. The reason for its existence is to preserve some history before it's forgotten by those of us that were there, or so it can be discovered by those that weren't.
If you enjoy retro-computing, there is likely to be something on this site for you!
Have a look around using the links above. Check out my past collection of classic machines and what I used to do with them. If you are also a classic computer collector, consider adding your name and details to the collectors lists. If there are vintage computer items you want to acquire or dispose of, or if you have a classic computer reflection of your own, join and post in the Facebook group.
If you've old floppy disks which need reading I can help.
Been here before and wondered what's changed? The updates page would be a good place to start. You can keep abreast of changes by following my Twitter feed at @classiccomputNZ.
Finally don't forget to sign the guestbook before you go!
Terry Stewart (aka Tezza)
(Site last added to on 27th October, 2023)