This is my vintage / retro computer and games collection and has been
keeping me fascinated for the past 16 years. The collection covers
systems from various manufacturers over a period of more than 35 years
and ranges from machines, consoles, games, software, magazines and books
to just about any other retro or vintage computing related items.
The original intention was just a single old computer to play some games on. It would be more 'realistic' and enjoyable than the variety of emulators available I thought. Over the years I've gone from nothing to hoarding and finally to a more focused attempt at collecting and rebuilding the systems from my youth. Be it systems that I played on at friends and family or ones I actually owned, the enjoyment of hunting down the pieces required has been both a challenge and a fantastic journey leading to many new friendships and an entire web framework to keep track of it all. On this site you will find some of those items that I have taken the time to document and photograph with, time permitting, many more still to come.
My primary area of focus is IBM and IBM Compatible machines starting from the 8088 up to the early Pentium II systems (last of the DOS days) but the Commodore Amiga, Commodore 64, CreatiVision, Apple II, Macintosh and Sinclair ZX Spectrum also make an appearance as many of the games from the IBM DOS days also appeared on these systems and it's awesome to see how the versions differ over the various platforms.
On occasion some of the computers in my collection have been used in television adverts, miniseries and film productions.
The aim of this website is to document my own journey and discover things about my collection that I might not otherwise have realised. If you have the time I can recommend doing the same. Please take the time to search around and use the contact option if you would like to get in touch with me. If you don't see items for a specific system on the website it may mean that I have not had time to capture them or it's something that I don't have in the collection.
This site has recently been updated and the earlier site is available on https://archive.oldcomputers.co.za. Over the coming weeks items will be merged into the new platform.
With April being the month of public and other holidays I was hopeful that a few thrifting days would come up but it seemed that was not to be. A few items joined the collection this month and it's always nice to be able to mark something off my wanted list. In this case the Cyrix 486 DX2/66 CPU with the green heatsink. I sold a few of those in the mid 90's but never managed to track one down until now.