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[ Retro Scan of the Week ] The $129 Dollar Numeric Keypad

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Taking the top prize for most overpriced computer product ever is the “Kensington NoteBook KeyPad.” I actually happen to own one of these, although I picked it up for free at a hamfest. It’s quite honestly nothing special — just an external ADB keypad with a construction similar to any keyboard of the time. I […]

Tales From the Benjside: Attack of the Blog!

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

I was thinking recently. This site is supposed to be a blog, right? Well, it’s not really very bloggy. I’ve been getting around that by calling VC&G a “blogazine” — that is, half-blog, half-magazine — and it works pretty well. But still, I think this place has been severely lacking in blogatude recently. I’ve become […]

Retro Scan of the Week: “Our Way of Saying Thanks”

Monday, March 5th, 2007

It’s not colorful and it’s not pretty, but this small piece of paper says a lot about how far we’ve come in personal computing. I found this 5×10.5″ document in an old box of Commodore 64 ephemera that I inherited from a stranger (along with some of his old speeding tickets) via a hamfest. It […]

The Apple Lisa: My Holy Grail, Attained

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

I’ve wanted an Apple Lisa since I first set eyes on one around 1994 in my middle school library. I was studying there with a class when I spotted an exotic-looking Apple machine sitting on a cart across the room. After puzzling for a bit, I realized that it must be an Apple Lisa, an […]

What Was the First Computer You Ever Used?

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

What was the first computer you ever used? Was it a mainframe? A hobby kit? An early consumer PC? An IBM clone? I’ve heard numerous neat stories of people’s first experiences with computers since starting Vintage Computing and Gaming, but here’s your turn to share one of your own. Tell us about your “first time” […]

Moving a Mountain (One Computer at a Time)

Friday, April 28th, 2006

On an unusually personal note for VC&G, I thought I’d let you guys know why I’ve been so quiet recently. The answer is completely on-topic and has a lot to do with what is pictured on the right: computers. You see, I’m about to move. Moving is no simple operation for anyone, but it becomes […]

Anatomy of a Young Collector’s Room

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Late last year I found this classic (for me, anyway) picture lurking in my files and scanned it. It’s a Polaroid photograph of one corner of my then “computer room” taken by myself somewhere around late 1994 or early 1995 (yes, my family was lucky enough to have the space for another room dedicated mainly […]

What Should I Hack Next? A PowerBook 190.

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

On Monday I did a hack of a NES that I will be posting an article about soon, but I’m already hungry for my next project. I’ve caught the hacking bug, I tell ya — since I finished my last project I’ve been compulsively and obsessively looking at every object in my house in a […]

Retro Scan of the Week: “The Next Step in Nintendo Entertainment!”

Monday, February 13th, 2006

This 8.5″x11″ fold-out flier probably came with a Game Boy game, circa 1990 (My brother bought Ishido back then, which is on the flier, so that’s probably it). The Dominator controller looks pretty mean, doesn’t it? I saw one of those only once in person, at a local Hamfest. I would have bought it, but […]

The VC&G Collection

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Last Updated: 07/06/2017 Here is the master list of all the computers, video game systems in my collection — what I sometimes more ostentatiously call the “Vintage Computing and Gaming Collection.” It’s a private collection, but I maintain it mostly to preserve historical artifacts of the video game and computer revolution. If an item is […]