Visit the museum, located in Antwerp, Belgium.
Computer systems by vendor:
- Casio FX-750P
- DEC PRO 350 (PDP-11)
- IBM PC XT
- IBM PC AT
- Motorola MEK6800D2 Evaluation Kit II
- Olivetti M10 laptop
- Schneider Joyce
- Siemens-Nixdorf Scenic 4L
- Toshiba T3200
- 3Com Audrey
- Nokia 2110 mobile phone
- Matra dual 8" disc drive
- ISA IDE+LPT+COM+FDD card (UMC 82C863/865)
- ISA GP-IB card (NI AT-GPIB/TNT)
- Odhner mechanical calculator
- A Steering Wheel built in the old days.
- The Transfer PC has utilities to bridge the gap between various vintage computers and the modern internet world.
- The Logic Analyser allows to debug TTL circuits at moderate speed.
I'd like to hear from you if you have obsolete computer related material that you are willing to donate. Things that you would otherwise throw away but perhaps feel bad about.
However, consider that:
- it should be old such that it's entirely obsolete and worthless for regular use, typically that means about 10 years.
- the older the better, 1990's is OK but it's starts to get really interested in the 1980's. Of course, the 1970's would be fantastic (I hardly got any equipment actually manufactured in that era).
- the more uncommon, the better (an 1990's SGI workstation is more interesting than an 1980's AT PC).
- the "cost" for me is the room it takes for storage, so big things need to be more interesting to be kept.
- it doesn't have to be in working condition, the looks are more important (I can replace a broken RAM chip by a different looking one but I can't replace a scratched case). Also, if you don't know if it's in working condition, don't power it on unless you know what you're doing, the power supply may have gone bad and damage the rest! Capacitors go bad over time and should be inspected before first power-on.
In principle, I don't buy (or sell) items for money. Almost all pieces of the museum were donated over the last 20 years and I like to keep it that way. Anyone can buy some old computers. I prefer not to contribute to the collectors madness that I see happening over the last decade. If you feel your item has collectors value and you want money for it, I suggest you sell it on ebay or so. But if you just want it to be preserved and get a new life you're more than welcome to donate it. I commit myself to never sell or discard it without your permission and will preserve it to the best of my capabilities. You can follow it's fate on this site and come and visit the museum to have a look.
Need anything ?
Feel free to ask me if you want to recover your personal data from a 30 year old commodore formatted floppy disc, read the programs off cassette tapes you wrote 40 years ago on your TRS-80 or are in desperate need of a boot diskette to bring your classic Mac back to life.