For each machine displayed there's a "What happened next" and "Did you know"
text, telling about the connections between the machines and some bizarre
Digital Retro is an essential read for anyone who owned a home computer in
the 80s. If the mere mention of Sinclair, Commodore, Atari or Acorn brings a big grin or a
fond tear to your eye, it's the book for you. Here's a
PDF sample of the book.
Acorn Archimedes, Acorn Atom, Acorn Electron, Amstrad CPC-464, Amstrad PCW
8256, Apple II, Apple Lisa, Apple Macintosh, Atari 400 / 800, Atari 520ST /
1040ST, Atari VCS, BBC Micro Model A / Model B, Colecovision, Commodore 64,
Commodore Amiga 1000, Commodore PET 2001, Commodore VIC-20, Compaq Portable
PC, Dragon 32, GCE Vectrex, Grundy Newbrain, Hewlett Packard HP-85, IBM PC,
IBM PC AT, Jupiter ACE, Mattel Aquarius, Mattel Intellivision, MITS Altair
8800, MSX / SonyHitBit, Nascom 1, NeXT Cube, Nintendo Famicom / NES, Oric 1,
Osbourne 1, Sega Mark III / Master, Sharp MZ-80K, Sinclair QL, Sinclair ZX
Spectrum, Sinclair ZX80, Sinclair ZX81, Tandy Radio Shack TRS-80, Tangerine Microtan 65, Tatung Einstein, Texas Instruments TI-99/4(A)
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
- "Thanks for 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" - Steve
Furber, Acorn 1981-1990, principal hardware architect of the BBC Micro,
Electron and ARM microprocessor. Now Professor of Computer Engineering at
the University of Manchester and Fellow of the Royal Society.
- "This book is a terrific technical museum. I didn't know all the stories
about the contemporary machines. He got the story straight on the ones I
worked on" - Joe Decuir, Atari 1975-1979, Amiga 1982-1984, system & chip
design for Atari 2600, Atari 400/800 & Amiga 1000. Now at MCCI, an officer
of the IEEE Seattle Section, a voting member of IEEE 802.15, and a
contributor to Wireless USB.
Pages: 192 in
full color, 350 pictures
Size: 25,5 x 23,5 cm
Author: Gordon Laing