Just what do you buy the computer geek in your life for Christmas? How about this coffee table book on retro computers from our mate Gordon ‘propeller head’ Laing.
Basically it’s porno for tecchies, but it’s packed full of interesting stuff too. There’s wonderful titbits of information about the characters that shaped the computer industry in the early days as well as the behind scenes power struggles that took place as various manufacturers strived – in vain as it happened – to make their products the ‘industry standard’.
Included are spreads on just about every computer from the 1970s and 1980s, from the MITS Altair 880 through to the NeXT Cube. Our favourites are the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and that classic piece of 1970s styling, the Atari VCS. Aah, they don’t make ’em like that any more. For more info go to Digital Retro. You can buy the book from here for £13.96