Reply 140 of 155, by Jo22
I often collect parts, too. But not as a collector in the common sense.
I like to examine them or do some experiments, for example.
Also save old stuff that I see on fleamarkets, but that I already own. Sometimes, the ROM chips hold a more recent copy of the firmware, for example.
Last, but not least, I do collect parts as spare parts for future use.
In 20, 30, 40 years when I'm more wise (hopefully), it will be very difficult to obtain 486 era hardware. Except for a selection of replicas, of course. 😉
Byrd wrote on 2021-02-25, 22:58:
Still love the hobby of vintage computing - it's remained my staple interest since I was in my teens (hard rubbish Melbourne Australia I miss you). I tire a bit of the restoration side of things, preferring to play, but I've certainly learnt a lot about electronics in the process which has assisted me with other hobbies.
Same here. Personally, I think that this hobby often links to other hobbies, too.
Music, art, electronics, astronomy, etc.
- Just think of the Covox plugs, which are easily home made.
Currently, I'm exploring the world of old schematics for my radio hobby.
There were so many use cases for interfacing old computers.. Like doing SSTV, building satellite trackers etc.
ZX Spectrum, C64, PC compatibles, Atari ST.
Last, but not least, there also was the awesome era of virtual reality and stereograms.
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