Hideaway Computer Station

Hideaway Computer Station from 1984

I was browsing an old issue of Popular Mechanics when I found this piece on how to build a computer station that hides that pesky machine when not in use. Ergonomically it probably works better than just about any desk I ever had in the 1980s and I can see how once sealed your computer would be out of sight. My issue with this, and all hideaway models, is why would I ever want to put my computer away? I felt that way since my first computer and I feel that way now. Sure I like to minimize wires and unnecessary components, but I always wanted quick access to my machine. This rolltop just wouldn’t do, although I can respect that other people might want to do that, especially with the clunkier machines of the past.

A Young Man and his Commodore VIC-20 in 1984

Here is another great photo of a computer setup in 1984 featuring a Commodore VIC-20. According to the man in the photo, Michael Surran:

This was the computer, my first computer, that forever changed my life and set me on the path I’m on today. I think I was in 7th grade in this photo. After the VIC-20 followed the C=64, then my favorite, the C=128. When I went into the Navy I had to sell off my computers, but after my training I got an Amiga 500. However, I still have fond memories of those early days of sitting down with a Commodore magazine and typing in a program for hours to play a game or do something cool. There was something magical about those days, so I was thrilled when I found this old photo of those great days!

The computer and TV are great, but what other must have accessories can you find on this desk?


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