About Me ...
Who am I?
My name is Anthony Beckett, a computer collector who lives in Traralgon, Victoria, Australia. I was born on 13th of May 1976 in Penang Malaysia. I have lived in Scotland (Portlethen), the USA (Houston TX and Tulsa OK) and Australia (Morwell/Traralgon VIC). Even though most people would not believe it due to my accent, I am an Australian Citizen. I have one brother, Kris, and two sisters, Adriana & Melissa.
Do any members of your family have websites besides yourself?
Of course you wanted to know THAT! Yes, in fact they do -
Rohan Beckett - my cousin, Rohan's Homepage - designer of the layout / graphics of the As-yet-unnamed PC Museum!
I am sure there will be more to come!
Why old computers?
Since I was around 9 or 10, I have been raised on computers. My first was the Atari 400 - around a year passed till we moved to the Apple //e - Dad upgraded (his //e) got a Compaq XT, a LaserJet and a GRiD Laptop given to him from work. I used to frequent BBS's in Houston - always calling Commodore 64's - IMAGE & CNET BBS's were the most fun by far. And so it went on - I proceeded to the Apple IIgs, then a 286, 386, and the rest is history.
The Compaq XT and the Apple //e System - notice the Profile Hard Disk?
When I had the Apple II, I was always jealous of my friends who had Commodore 64's - Arcade style graphics AND Colour on BBS's! I was also jealous of another friend who had a PC - he could see ANSI on BBS's .. all we had was lousy & under utilised mousetext.
Anyway, getting back to the point of this story - in late 1999, I began to pine for the simpler days, when Commodore and Apple were king. So I bought a VIC-20.. and the addiction to purchasing old computers began!
So where do you keep them?
Well - before I became semi-organised - anywhere I could put them. In the beginning, I was renting a flat, where I put them in the shed. That became to crowded, so I brought some inside. I also left quite a few at work. About a year later, I bought a house, built a 12 meter x 6 meter shed, where they happily live! The photos below are from February 2001. Since then, there have been several major computer changes in the shed - but it gives you an idea of the capacity.