Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The x86 Generation

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     The x86 Generation is all about Retrocomputing. Retrocomputing is the use of older computer hardware and software in modern times. Retrocomputing is usually classed as a hobby and recreation rather than a practical application of technology; enthusiasts often collect rare and valuable hardware and software for sentimental reasons. However, some do make use of it. Retrocomputing often starts when a computer user realizes that formerly expensive fantasy systems like IBM mainframes, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) super-minis, or Silicon Graphics (SGI) workstations have become affordable on the used computer market, usually in a relatively short time after the computers' era of use.

     Many hobbyists have personal computer museums, with collections of working vintage computers such as Apple IIs, IBM PCs, ZX Spectrums, Atari, Commodore, Amigas and BBC Micros. Earlypersonal computers based on the S-100 bus are also very popular among collectors, as well as a wide variety of machines running the CP/M operating system, such as Kaypros and Osbornes. However, many users use emulation software on more modern computers rather than using real hardware, in order to enjoy the experience, while preserving the aging electronics of the original. This is not considered to be retrocomputing by some, as it is rather an application of modern computer hardware. A third option is the use of home computer remakes, dedicated appliances, which do the emulation using dedicated hardware.

     Early personal computers were nothing like present day computers - they had personality! Each was different and more exciting than the previous, with new features and capabilities. This facebook page is dedicated to the preservation and display of these vintage computer systems.


In time this page will attract fans like me and together we will have resources to achieve an online or offline museum of old computers, making an exhibit out of personal collections!

old computers, video games, rare computers, systems and pongs.

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