It grieves me to admit that this section of the web site has not received the attention it deserves. There is some work I need to do before I can start to realise the vision I had for an opnline display of my home computer collection. This will happen, as time permits. I am slowly adding to the Advertising and Brochures section, and will add more.
Since 1997 I have been collecting examples of the home computers that forever changed the ways that we play, live, and learn. Prior to 1975 nobody ever seriously thought that computers would soon be found in almost every home, and that we would communicate and interact with each other, share information over a computer network so vast that it capture the globe in a gossamer web of data.
In 1975 the MITS Altair 8800 sparked the revolution which would change the world. Over a decade and a half, hundreds of home computer manufacturers produced thousands of models that made their way into the studies, living rooms and bedrooms of millions of families worldwide. Every computer was unique, most of them were incompatible with every other, even earlier models from the same manufacturer. As a result, this period is one remembered by many as the most vibrant and exciting time in computing history.
The following pages capture some of the computers which made this revolution possible.