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My Intro and Collection's New Home

billau

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My name is Bill Goldberg and my collection is finally begining to see the light of day. This is thanks to Bruce Dahmer and the Digibarn. http://www.digibarn.org
I have been a computer hobbiest since 1975 and a pack rat from day one.
My treasures remained in storage most of those years but are now being sorted, cataloged and presented shortly.

The first computer I was able to program was an HP2000F timeshare system at my community college. I was an electronics major who spent all my free time in the computer science department hacking. In the Digital Electronics class we attempted to assemble a PDP-8 clone that had been designed by the engineers at Lawrence Livermore Labs. The beast never saw the light of day. I took courses at the Lawrence Hall of Science in 8080 assembly language. Spent hours pouring over listings from the People's Computing Consortium from the Book "What To Do After You Hit Return". I had been hearing exciting news about the Homebrew Computer Clb but I never made it to a meeting.

My Mother and I attended a couple of computer shows and we were trying to decide between such systems as the KIM, Apple 1, Altair or IMSAI. Then a friend of the family told us that she was working for Processor Technology. We ordered a SOL-20 in kit form and spent most of the next year trying to put it together. If it hadn't been for a great series in ROM magazine, we would have never finished it. Assembling a computer was the greatest education I could have asked for.

The SOL-20 was followed by an Osborne I, Northstar Horizon, Apple ///, Apple //c, Exidy Sorcerer, Timex Sinclair, Macintosh 128K upgraded to a Mac Plus, Macintosh IIci, Apple //e, Power Computing Power Tower Pro, Toshiba Satalite 4000 CDT, Silicon Graphics INDY, Powerbook G3, and a Dell 8200 Pentium 4 System. An older web page about my collection can be found at http://www.geocities.com/gg902/

Well, thats all for now. Im really happy to have found this forum.

- Bill Goldberg
 

Erik

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Hello Bill and welcome to the VC Forum!

I'm sure you'll find a lot of other "pack-rats" here, myself included!

If you've got all of your old machines then you've certainly got an impressive collection! Even if you only have a few I'm sure you have more then enough for fun!

Enjoy!

Erik
 

Terry Yager

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Re: My Intro and Collection's New Home

billau said:
My name is Bill Goldberg and my collection is finally begining to see the light of day. This is thanks to Bruce Dahmer and the Digibarn. http://www.digibarn.org
I have been a computer hobbiest since 1975 and a pack rat from day one.
My treasures remained in storage most of those years but are now being sorted, cataloged and presented shortly.

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The SOL-20 was followed by an Osborne I, Northstar Horizon, Apple ///, Apple //c, Exidy Sorcerer, Timex Sinclair, Macintosh 128K upgraded to a Mac Plus, Macintosh IIci, Apple //e, Power Computing Power Tower Pro, Toshiba Satalite 4000 CDT, Silicon Graphics INDY, Powerbook G3, and a Dell 8200 Pentium 4 System. An older web page about my collection can be found at http://www.geocities.com/gg902/

Well, thats all for now. Im really happy to have found this forum.

- Bill Goldberg

Hi Bill,

I really like your collection, I'm glad you found a good home for it. Nice webpage too. Hope to see more of ya 'round here.

--T
 
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