The Evolution and Design of the Personal Computer
A great gift for geeks and technology enthusiasts!
List of models
Retro is a coffee table book which tells the story behind 44 classic
computers of the Seventies and Eighties. This was a unique period in the
history of computing when a bewildering array of machines battled for supremacy
in a melting pot which would shape the industry.
Some machines were aimed at homes or schools. Others targeted business travellers. A handful confidently pursued world domination and many became household names. It was a time when the smallest of operations could launch a computer to compete with the largest corporations. But by the end of the Eighties, virtually every single one had become extinct.
Digital Retro reveals the inspiration behind each machine, it's goals, specifications and what ultimately went wrong. Each and every model was tracked down from museums and private collections to be lovingly photographed. Where possible the original designers and engineers of each system were interviewed to ensure technical and historic accuracy.
Digital Retro is an essential read for anyone who owned or lusted after a computer in the Eighties. If the mere mention of Sinclair, Commodore, Atari or Acorn brings a fond tear to your eye, it's the book for you.
Contact the author
gordon at digitalretro.co.uk
This website is owned and maintained by Gordon Laing. Hosted by Rackspace.
Reviews of Digital Retro
The Register "you'll find yourself reading more and more, laughing at the things you'd forgotten, and those you'd never known. There is at least one fact that I thought would never be made public."
ZDNet UK "a stunningly addictive book for anyone who ever lusted after the eccentric, engaging and short-lived systems that graced the pages of computer magazines in the 1980s"
The Inquirer "A handsomely presented and well written book which explores the history of personal computers and consoles"
Slashdot "a perfect way to appreciate the aesthetic appeal (and exuberant variety) of personal computers from the mid '70s to the late '80s"
Comments on Digital Retro
the work you have clearly put into the content and presentation of the book. It was a very exciting era, and you have created a record that
captures that excitement in a very accessible way"
A: You got me there! I'm afraid I didn't know about the Microbee when I was writing the book, but have since heard from many fans of this Australian classic. One such person actually knew some of the designers involved, so kindly put me in touch with them. This lead to me writing an article for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald which I hope does the machine justice! If there's ever Digital Retro Volume II, rest assured it'll be in there, along with the other systems listed above.
|About Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing is the former Editor of Personal Computer World magazine in the UK.
He regularly wrote for leading UK technology titles including PCW, PC Pro, PC Advisor, Computeractive, Digital Home, and MacUser, and was "Techie," the London Evening Standard's IT agony aunt.
He is also an established broadcaster, having guested on "Buyers Guide" on Sky's [.TV] channel for two years, and co-presented "The Lab" every week on London talk station LBC radio.
Since 2005, Gordon has run Cameralabs, which features reviews of the latest digital SLRs, compacts and lenses.