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Old 12 February 2016, 21:06   #1
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Retro computers as ornaments

I was wondering, has anyone ever bought vintage hardware having no inclination to actually use it beyond sticking it somewhere as a novelty ornament? Maybe you bought something with the intention of 'keeping it real', but then decided that the old school methods are too much hassle and yet you can't bear to part with your hardware for nostalgic reasons.

All this got me ruminating on whether or not there will be much of a market for this stuff once it stops functioning.
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Old 12 February 2016, 21:18   #2
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I remember PC shop with many old (and probably dead) motherboards bolted to wall. And there are bags made of floppy disks:

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Old 12 February 2016, 21:21   #3
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Didn't someone make a statue with AOL CDs?
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Old 12 February 2016, 21:57   #4
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I was wondering, has anyone ever bought vintage hardware having no inclination to actually use it beyond sticking it somewhere as a novelty ornament? Maybe you bought something with the intention of 'keeping it real', but then decided that the old school methods are too much hassle and yet you can't bear to part with your hardware for nostalgic reasons.

All this got me ruminating on whether or not there will be much of a market for this stuff once it stops functioning.
You should never part with ol' hardware!!!
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Old 12 February 2016, 23:50   #5
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I was wondering, has anyone ever bought vintage hardware having no inclination to actually use it beyond sticking it somewhere as a novelty ornament? Maybe you bought something with the intention of 'keeping it real', but then decided that the old school methods are too much hassle and yet you can't bear to part with your hardware for nostalgic reasons.

All this got me ruminating on whether or not there will be much of a market for this stuff once it stops functioning.
I have a big vintage wooden radio which I bought to use as a retro case for new hardware (media server, music player, Z-wave hub, heck, even "render-farm". Haven't got around to it yet, but it's a stylish piece so my wife actually put it in the living room ;-)
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Old 13 February 2016, 00:49   #6
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I had a Mac Classic II pretty much for ornamental reasons, although I did use it every now and then. It then broke and I got rid of it. I miss it!
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Old 14 February 2016, 01:31   #7
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Very few old computers or consoles are actually great to look at. The only ones I'd really think of as iconic are the original rubberkeyed Spectrum, the original Game Boy, the PS1 and the first iMac. The Konix Multisystem could have rewritten the rulebook on this, had it been released. Amigas were never aesthetically the best machines, with quite stodgy casing and dull styling. The A600 (which I hate overall) is probably the least bad to look at, but it's no match for the cool diagonal function keys of the ST (until you switch it on, obviously).
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Old 14 February 2016, 02:25   #8
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There's quite a few msx models that looks really good. I'd love to have a Panasonic FS-A1mkII as a display piece, or one of those red Sony I can't remember the name of
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Old 14 February 2016, 17:40   #9
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i used to have a FS-A1FM, it was a beautiful thing.
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Old 14 February 2016, 17:43   #10
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a very underrated machine... well, under-heard-of really:
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I've got a selection of my hardware collection on a couple of shelves in my home office. One of my ZX80s and ZX81s, along with a rubber-keyed Speccy are there, with every version of Gameboy and a couple of others.

They all work and occasionally get called into service, but I mainly just look at them and smile while I should be working
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