Collecting, was: ZX80
julesrichardsonuk at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Nov 11 08:35:29 CST 2005
Chuck Guzis wrote:
> On 11/10/2005 at 8:49 PM Jules Richardson wrote:
>>I suppose the name Sinclair is closely tied to the early days of the
>>home computer boom, and at least in the UK people will think of his
>>products before the likes of Commodore or Apple.
> I don't know--if I were a collector (and I'm not--the junk just accumulates
> here without me trying), I'd be looking for not-very common items.
Me too - but people often get tied to a particular manufacturer for
Funnily enough, I used to collect Sinclair stuff - but got bored because
there just aren't that many different types out there (I wasn't into
calculators) and by and large his designs aren't *that* interesting
(except as an exercise in how to cut corners)
So the Sinclair stuff sat on the shelf and I started collecting
interesting hardware from all sorts of manufacturers, without any
particular focus. Then I ran out of space and realised that doing that
was something of a never-ending job :)
So all the Sinclair stuff went to good homes, as did a lot of my other
random bits of hardware, and I started collecting Acorn stuff instead -
because there's a huge hardware range it's enough to keep my interest,
but it's not quite the open-ended "collect anything interesting" job.
Of course I ended up seriously collecting Torch and Research Machines
stuff too (mainly by accident :) - but items from three manufacturers
is enough that I've got lots of cool stuff to mess around with, yet at
the same time I can properly worry about preservation and
Of course I also got involved with the museum too, so I can go and play
around with a *far* larger collection of diverse hardware than would be
possible at home whenever I want...
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