BB Video: Cyberpipe's Mecca of Vintage Computers

Derek Bledsoe, Boing Boing Video producer, is blogging daily Boing Boing Video episodes while Xeni's on the road in Africa.

Mononchrom's Johannes Grenzfurthner takes us backwards through time to Cyberpipe's Computer Museum, a huge collection of functioning vintage computers located in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Dunja Rosina, Head of Project and a founder of the museum, shows us the collection which includes such dinosaurs as the Commodore 64, the ZX Spectrum, and the worlds first widely used business computer the IBM XT. Dunja and Johannes share nostalgia of the days of pirating games from the radio, the importance of the mouse, and the golden age of gaming in one color.

The space is free, fully interactive, and provides Internet access, workstations, educational programs and more to the public at no charge.

Special Thanks to Eddie Codel for his help with this episode!

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  1. Wow. C-64 is now “vintage”. What term are they using for all the weird and funky systems that came before it? Or should I just mumble something about “Back in my day, RSTS/E and you kids get off my lawn”?

  2. The PC XT was the first widely used business computer? I guess the Apple ][ hadn’t be thought of back then.

  3. Dimmer: “widely used”. What percent of businesses actually used an Apple II? Yes, there were a few, but it wasn’t until the XT when everybody and their pet llama got one to do their accounting.

  4. Why was Dunja gesturing towards an Amiga when she was talking about computers that didn’t use a mouse? Even the Commodore 64 and 128 in the background could use mice but the Amiga actually shipped with one as it was required to navigate Workbench (the GUI).

  5. Because she is not so well trained as weather forecast people, who know exactly where to wave their hands when pointing at the virtual map. She’s just a girl trying to keep the retro scene alive. ;)

    And yes, Amiga 500 did indeed come with 2-button mouse. If you still have some, our museum could use one. As we don’t have it.

    Thanks for all the comments!

  6. Valdis: the Apple ][ sold computers to business in huge numbers, even before you include the massive numbers of clones sold worldwide. Prior to this, having a computer in your workspace was akin to having some Lego. Sure, Visicalc can take some credit, but the IBM PC (later XT, then AT, then PS/2 then fuck it we can’t be bothered) is just a cheap pool-poison hack.

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