[RetroComputers] Atari ST turns 35!


Hello everybody, I don’t know why but to me 1985 represents a sort of divide in the history of computers. What was before, the various home computers made by Commodore and Atari, lice C64, Vic-20, the 800 and 1200XL were still tied to an “old” conception of home computers, while Atari ST and the fellow-rival…

[RetroComputer] Commodore Amiga 3000 turns 30!


Hello everybody, In the late 80s and early 90s Commodore with its Amiga was one of the protagonists of the computer industry and I’m pretty sure you all have at least a friend who owned one. But 30 years ago they came up with the Amiga 3000, officially presented today, April 24th, 1990 in the…

[RetroComputers] Altair 8800: where it all began 45 years ago


And here we are digging deep in the history of microcomputers, even though in our acception the Altari 8800 has nothing “micro”. Commercialized from March, 1975 this piece or archaeology in computer science turns today 45 and it contributed to the resurrection of MITS that in the years before was in dire straits and to…

[RetroComputers] Acorn Atom


The beginning of the invasion of the micros in the UK can be considered 1980, the year in which Sir Clive Sinclair released the ZX80. However another competitor was on the scene to try to get its slice of the cake and it was Acorn Computers that, always in 1980, after a few years spent…

[RetroComputers] 40 years of ZX80!


If the second half of the 70s had been the period in which the first home computers started to leave the niche market to become consumer products, the 80s were the years that established their final triumph and wordwide distribution. And the computer (nay, the micro, as they were called back then) that opened the…

[RetroComputers] Commodore 128 turns 35!


Hello everybody, 1985, more than being my birth year, is the year in which the Commodore 128 was officially put on shelves, having been released in January of that year. Born as a successor for the C64 (t was released 3 years after), it was the last 8-bit computer for the company and it was…

[RetroComputers] Atari 400/800, the 8-bit line turns 40!


Even though the real Atari is not on usiness since the mid 90s, its name still have its charme and, most of all, an impressive history. This november we celebrate the debut of the company in the world of home computers with the first two computers of the 8-bit line, the Atari 400 and the…

[RetroComputers] PC-8001


Hello everybody, In a year of anniversary of some of the biggest companies in the gaming world we need to remember today an ofter overlooked little gem, the PC-8000 line made by NEC, since today we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first specimen on sale, the PC-8001, on September 28th, 1979; tag price 168000…

[RetroComputers] The Class of November ’82


Hello guys, As I stated in one of my post earlier this year, 1982 was the year of the bloom of the home computers. Acorn BBC Micro, ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 were all launched during 1982 and they contributed to define the image of the home computer: from now on the computer wasn’t the…

[RetroComputers] Commodore PET


Hello guys, 1977 has been a crucial year for technology: on the side of gaming console there was the debut of one of the most famous home product ever released, the Atari 2600 and on the side of computer science this was the year the famous “Trio of ’77” was released. A triad of popular…

[RetroComputers] Apple II turns 40!


HAL-lo guys, Would you say that Orlando Bloom, Chris Martin, Jessica Chastain and Shakira will be 40 this year? No? So you wouldn’t say that also another pice of history like the Apple II exactly today, June 10th turned 40! This magnifiecient piece of thechnology was maybe the first big hit for Apple and it…

[RetroComputers] ZX Spectrum turns 35!


If you were born outside Europe it could be difficult for you to understand the love the old continent felt for the Speccy. But if you’re european and in particular english you can’t help but fondly remember that black keyboard with the rainbow on the bottom right side. That small and affordable home computer was one…