If you could have any computer from pre-1994, what would it be?

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  1. Astroboy907, Jan 18, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2014

    Astroboy907 macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2012
    Spaceball One
    Just thought that this would be an interesting question. I know most of you, if asked what would be your dream computer to get today, it would be some crazy high end machine. But what would your dream computer be from two decades ago? :p
  2. localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    I'm rather fond of my RCA Cosmac VIP from the late 1970s. Last time I fired it up a couple of years ago it still worked, but I found I was a bit rusty on my machine language and CHIP-8 language programming skills, so I decided put it back in its box... for the time being, at least. ;) I don't know if I really need any more dust catchers, or not...

  3. chrisl123, Jan 19, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2014

    chrisl123 macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2013
    I would really love an Apple Macintosh. Not that I was alive back then:D, but it's a really great computer!
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I have a couple of classic Apple macintoshes in my closet, I think ones an SE and a color classic. They're cool and yeah its nice to have them, but they're not usable at all at this stage of the game.
  5. wordsworth macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2011
    I worked on an SE (mainly using Aldus PageMaker) in the early 90s and I fell in love with it. It was priced at close to £3000 back then so it wasn't until the Performa 450 that I actually owned a Mac (£750 in 1996, if I remember correctly, and nearly half that again for a StyleWriter II; ouch). I still love the look of the SE – and for what it represents to me now. Happy days. I often check out eBay to see what they're selling for.
  6. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    I miss my Comadore Vic 20!
    But I think given the choice I would have an Original Apple computer. Purely for the nostalgia and not for the resale value at all :D
  7. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
  8. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a


    May 15, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    An Apple 1, so that I could sell it for big bucks ;)
  9. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
  10. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    I have an old Color Classic, it's neat for the novelty factor but not particularly usable.
  11. Drew017 macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2011
    East coast, USA
    I still have the old PowerBook 1400C, but id love to get my hands on an original '84 Macintosh :p
  12. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Not that I'd have any use for it whatsoever but I have fond memories of the Commodore 64 of my youth--had dozens of floppies with games. Used it for a few years before my Dad upgraded to an IBM.
  13. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    I'd actually really love to have a Mac LC II, or LC III. We had a couple in an elementary school and I fell in love them.
  14. G51989 macrumors 68030


    Feb 25, 2012
    NYC NY/Pittsburgh PA
    An IBM PS/2 80, running windows 3.1\

    That being said, I actually have one in near new condition.
  15. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
    I'd love to get an Apple ][+, which was my first personal computer in 1981.
  16. AlanShutko macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2008
    A completely tricked out Amiga 4000. Pinnacle of the age.
  17. 4JNA macrumors 68000


    Feb 8, 2006
    looking for trash files
    always wanted a deskside Onyx with the 'InfiniteReality' board set. had an Octane and Indy on my home network for years. recycled them and my Sun Ultra workstations a couple years ago due to space and lack of use. not much call for Irix and Solaris as a independent contractor anymore. my power bill is much less now so that's a good thing. :D

    still have my MicroVax 2000 with the second drive enclosure running VMS. even got the 12mb upgrade memory board. try and find another one, i triple dog dare you! bootstrapping from a single ended 50mb tape in under 10 minutes is something you never forget. even if you try... :eek:
  18. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    An original Macintosh would be certainly welcome. I could be the ultimate hipster writing books on that.
  19. Renzatic Suspended


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
    An Amiga 500 (1987), a Commodore64 (1982), or an old Atari 800XL (1983). They were the best of the best back in the day, and I bet I could still have a ton of fun with them.

    I still have my Atari 800XL, but I don't even know if it works anymore. It's been 20 years at least since I last turned it on, and I don't have the necessary parts to test it out anymore.

    edit: this thread reminded me of The Goonies on the old Atari. I loved this game.

  20. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    (Yeah - I feel like 1994 was about a decade ago - then one day you find 10 years have got behind you and realise it was 20 years ago).

    Never got to play with a NeXT Cube… but if its good enough for Tim Berners-Lee, it is good enough for me.

    Meanwhile, I actually had one of these (still have - haven't powered it up for a few years though).


    (From: http://acorn.chriswhy.co.uk/Computers/RiscPC600.html)

    …never really made it outside the UK, but they were damn good. Plus, if you thought the old Mac Pro cheesgrater was the pinnacle of internal expansion, get a load of this: (sorry, I remember seeing it at a show, but couldn't find a better online picture):


    (Yes, that's a sink and a pizza oven).

    (From http://www.john-ward.org.uk/personal/john/computers/html/rocket.html - kudos for putting the picture up, but he fails web design forever)
  21. filmbuff macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2011
  22. Renzatic Suspended


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
  23. OnceYouGoMac macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2012
    In front of my Mac
    An early Macintosh. Would be pretty useless now but as a collectors' piece it would be cool. I could start my own Mac museum :p
  24. happyfrappy macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2007
    Location eh?
    hmm Windows 3.1/DOS PC... ah the woes of low vs hi memory boot disks to play SimCity Classic/2000/SimIsle, I think that was what pushed me to a Mac in 1996 :eek: :cool:

    Had great memories playing Space Quest series, Aces Over Europe/Pacific and Aces of the Deep :D
  25. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Why the hell would I want to go back to the 90s? Everything in this 1991 Radio Shack ad can be done with a smartphone today and most couldn't be done on a 1990s PC. :D


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