Reply 43640 of 45391, by appiah4
HanJammer wrote on 2022-04-01, 08:46:Solo761 wrote on 2022-04-01, 06:29:
I'm in Croatia, a bit less remote from your point of view :D, but desktops from bygone age are rare. I think it's due to economy […]
I'm in Croatia, a bit less remote from your point of view 😁, but desktops from bygone age are rare. I think it's due to economy, desktops were usually brand name and they cost more than DIY builds so most of the computers were store built with cheap parts.
My first PC was Cyrix 486DX2-80 which was cobbled up with cheap parts and in baby AT mini tower.
Second one was P166MMX, again same story, cheap parts in baby AT mini tower.
Only desktop computers I saw were in banks where they had IBMs, DEC and like PCs. I didn't know anyone that had desktop case at home 😬.
I'd expect the similar situation was in Turkey.
That's surprising. I would have thought that former Yugoslavia, Hungary, Bulgaria would have the best stuff when it comes to former eastern-block countries in the 80s and early 90s...
In Poland you can still find desktops from late 80s/early 90s literally everywhere - by just talking to people around you can gather a nice bunch quickly. Sometimes it's even NOS (attached - friend's find from the last week). Also auction and ad services are full of them, although that stuff was usually brought by scrappers from German recycling centres and such (usually these will have better components inside). On the other hand we didn't really had much stuff like IBMs, DECs, Compaqs and so on - these were usually brought by corporations in the mid 90s or some schools and companies bought them as second hand stuff from other countries, but they were non-existent when it comes to households.
I think Ukraine and Poland kind of special in that they were technology/defense hubs for the USSR, were they not?
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