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.
Proof that even back in 1987, computers were totally METAL!!
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?
This photo posted by Arndt on Flickr captures exactly how I pictured my adult computing life would sort of look like. Me in a darkened room, scruffy and happy surrounded by machines. I have not gotten it down 100%, but looking at my surroundings (and in a mirror), I got to say I am getting close.