Retro Computing

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Retro Computing

I hope it's okay to bring this particular topic up, but one field that I, and sure a select amount here have as well, is working with old computers. I have a few that I sitll use, mostly for gaming.
My main computer (for everyday purpose) is a Lenovo 300H Desktop, with an Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor and Windows 7 SP1.
Here's what I have:
A Compaq Presario 7180 Desktop (With an Intel Pentium Processor and Windows 95.)A Compaq Presario 1622 Laptop (Which is my main classic computer. Manufactured in 1997. Has an Intel MMX Pentium Processor and Windows 95B (Microsoft Plus! Edition.)An Apple Macintosh Performa 6400/180A Compaq Presario 5151 Tower PC (This one has been in my family since the summer of 1999. It has an AMD K6-2 Processor and Windows 98 Second Edition, with the 98lite Add-On.)An HP Hewlett Packard 6565 Tower PC (Found this one at Value Village for $10. Has an Intel Celeron Processor and while it used to have Windows XP, I wiped the HDD clean with dBan and installed Windows ME, because I can.)
And for more contemporary use, more or less:
A Dell Dimension Tower PC (This used to belong to my dad. It has an Intel Pentium 4 Processor and Windows XP SP3.)And a Dell Inspiron Tower PC (This was my grandmother's. It has a Intel Processor (Pentium Dual Core, possibly. I'm not entirely sure) and it was purchased with Windows 7, but later upgraded to Windows 10)

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Interesting, I still have my crappy CTX Windows 95 rig my parents got me for "schoolwork" back in 1996, I remember hours of gaming on it fondly, DOOM, Duke Nukem 3D, Alone in the Dark Trilogy, etc.  That was the period in my life where I stopped console gaming for 4 or 5 years, totally skipped the SNES and Sega CD and Saturn (all regrettably given their current vintage value), then I stopped computer gaming completely when I got my Playstation 1.

Its funny, now its nearly impossible to buy a desktop, and I burn through laptops every 2-3 years, a $250-$300 investment seems like pennies compared to what those old desktop rigs cost then.

I have a non-working Tandy RL my grandmother purchased me around 1990, I remember only having a few games on it, Outrun being one of them (still a top 10 favorite of mine).  I mostly used it for schoolwork, it probably had a primitive version of MS DOS on it, I know it was too old for Windows 3.1 even.  In later years my dad upgraded it by adding a high tech for the time modem.  He only used it for work email.  I thought this was normal for 1993, but apparently over the years I've learned from many people that they didnt even touch email until 2000.  We didnt have conventional dialup internet until late 1998/1999, I remember using it to download game emulators then.

The first computer I had growing up was a 3 color Tandy my dad got around 1985, you know the type that the colors were shades of black and green.  I dont even know what happened to that system, but I think it was like $1,000 in mid 80s money.  I do remember that it had the real "floppies", not the later high density thick plastic disks.

I'm trying to get back into computer collecting too, I think I will start with a Commodore 64, as I know there were many games specific to that system only.  Do you have any experience with the older Texas Instruments (TI) computers?  You can get whole setups pretty cheap on Ebay.

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If I ever did see any TI computers, it's been years.