Retro Computing!

A big part of my early life was working on 8-bit and 16-bit computers in the late 70s and 80s, and as I got older I ended up working on more and more plain vanilla x86 type computers.  Even though I have to work on newer computers sometimes, I keep history alive with my collection of retro computers, most of which work even today.  (Note:  I am creating and editing this article on my retro-fitted TRS-80 Model 4 right now!)

This section of the site is dedicated to those with a similar interest in historically significant computers of the past.   I hope you find something of interest and share your comments and thoughts, would love to see and hear about other retro enthusiasts collections, interests and past computers.

Recent Retro Technology Activity

TRS-80 Model 100, the original laptop

Now, when working at home I spend most of my time coding and writing on my retro-fitted TRS-80 PC running Ubuntu, but when not there it is either a laptop or smart phone.  Mobility is something we take for granted and that freedom to go anywhere with that computing power has changed our lives and […]

Pascal – the perfect language for Retro Computing

Begin As a professed software nerd, I really enjoy writing code, whether it is low-level Assembly language for bare hardware access and control, C for high-level coding with great performance, Java for pure business reach or simple Javascript for a better web experience.  The different languages all have their advantages and situations where they are best […]

Classic Mac OS key combinations you need to know

One of the most iconic features of the Macintosh when it hit the market set it apart from the leading machines of the day, the fact that it appeared to be so much simpler for everyday users than a command prompt such as with DOS and CP/M machines.  Instead of typing commands with a myriad of […]

Oh No! Atari 1040 ST Floppy Drive Issues

As an avid collector of classic retro computers from the 80s and 90s I am on the regular lookout for the common problems that can occur with these computers over time, especially with parts that involve leaking capacitors, batteries or more notoriously, moving parts such as with floppy and hard disk drives. Dorm Room Computing […]