As you read through this month’s issue, chances are the classic computer bug will bite you, and you may find yourself searching for a way to acquire one of those marvelous computing devices from the past. Who wouldn’t want to see the beautiful blue screen of a Commodore 64 or the Amiga workbench operating system function right before their eyes again? After completing my console collection many years ago, I felt like getting into classic computers and games would be the next logical step to exploring familiar and unfamiliar territory. Still, I had no idea how costly and frustrating it would be. Vintage computing can be a crapshoot because unless both the hardware and software are well maintained, you may find yourself with a device that won’t even boot up or socketed chips that have just gone bad.
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