Vintage computer collecting was most fun in the 90s and early 2000s. Since then, the increased scarcity, expense, and decaying state of the hardware has rendered the hobby much, much less fun — at least for me.


I guess Peak Fun in Retrocomputing for me was when the hardware was being given away for free, and it all still worked. Nowadays, I spend way too much money on dead hardware that I need to replace leaking capacitors in, and I don't get to use it as much. Frankly, it's a shame. This stuff isn't getting any younger, and it's crying out for the sweet release of death.

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