Paper as History Logging medium: new Book
'Computer Collector Newsletter'
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Sun Oct 30 16:21:43 CST 2005
I discussed this book in the June 29 issue of Computer Collector. Below is
the main part...
- Evan K.
Even we computer nerds want a suntan, so if you plan to read at the beach
this summer, there are some new, low-stress books to pass the time and
provide eye candy.
Unfortunately, unless you're a real beginner, "Retro-Electro" (Pepe Tozzo,
Universe Publishing) isn't one of them. The new hardcover book has great
photos to help you reminisce, but very little useful information to make you
a wiser collector. Its stated goal is to cover a wide variety of
electronics, not just computers, and it does that a bit too much for our
tastes. Besides computers (several of which are miscategorized), it also
includes calculators, radios, wristwatchers, telephones, cameras, video
recorders, even citizens band units.
However, my main objection is the decision to cover modern technology.
Every section includes products right through the 1990s and 2000s.
Therefore, the prices associated with most entries are pointless. For the
vintage computers, in many cases they're much too high. Perhaps this will
make a better collector's book 15 years from now. As said above, it's good
for introducing newbies. http://tinyurl.com/agbey
Personally, the slightly-less-recent book "Digital Retro: The Evolution and
Design of the Personal Computer" is the one I would (and did) purchase for
my shelf. You still get the colorful pictures, along with some very
interesting history for most entries.
Neither book is the near-encyclopedia of Michael Nadeau's "Collectible
Microcomputers" but we admit to being a little bit biased about that, as
Mike founded this newsletter.
Regardless, opportunity is knocking loudly for any aspiring authors out
there. There are now plenty of microcomputer-oriented books, just as there
are books for collectors of calculators, radios, telephones, and the like.
What's missing is a good book about minicomputers! Surely there were enough
products to fill a book ("There are, and don't call me Shirley!")... any
takers for this challenge?
Meanwhile, CCN reader Roy Allan pinged us regarding his own new book, "A
Bibliography of the Personal Computer: The Books and Periodical Articles"
which is mainly a sequel to his 2001 work, "A History of the Personal
Computer: The People and the Technology".
"A Bibliography" (ISBN 096891084X) is a short paperback containing more than
280 book notations, 250 periodical notations, and overall, about 40
additional and new references since "A History" appeared. It's a good
reference for beginners and experts alike. Check it out through Amazon.com
at http://tinyurl.com/ae26k or contact Roy at rallan at execulink.com and, of
course, please mention that we sent you.
Are there other computer collecting books that your fellow CCN readers
should know about, perhaps some new gem you discovered at the local
high-tech bookstore? Tell us at news at computercollector.com and you could
From: cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org [mailto:cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org]
On Behalf Of John Allain
Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2005 4:23 PM
To: cctalk at classiccmp.org
Subject: Paper as History Logging medium: new Book
How about this for a new book?
"Digital Retro :
The Evolution and Design of the Personal Computer"
by Gordon Laing
Amazon.com informs me that it was published just three weeks ago.
Wonder if anyone here has seen it yet?
A reviewer says its set up as Amstrad to Zenith, with photos,
might be kind of fluffy.
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