I'm staying on the course I set a few years ago. And it goes something like so.
TRS-80 Pocket Computers 1, 2, and 4
I intend to pick up some miscellaneous books and program tapes and spare parts. It's not a large ecology and all of it fits into a rubbermaid tub. I have most of it already. It's nice because this summer (and just yesterday) I got some tapes for it. Tapes that I didn't have in my original collection from childhood. And I also discovered 2 I don't have yet! How cool is that!
These cassette tapes would originally sell for $10 BITD. Most can be had for a reasonable $5 - $20 today as long as you don't buy from ebay jokers asking $99 for commons!
486 & Pentium III PC
I want to organize and straighten some of this stuff up. Get rid of extra cards I know I'll never use or have zero sentimental attachment to. I don't see spending much money here outside of spare parts or miscellaneous maintenance items. For about a year I was looking for an HDD selector (A-B-C switch box). I first found one now, NIB, for under $20! Patience! That's an example of the pace at which I go after stuff. I have a lot of disks I'd like to back up and books I'd like to arrange better on the bookshelf. I may also re-case my Pentium III rig, I have all stuff necessary. And definitely do backups.
Continuing to collect Apple II books and manuals. Again, doing so as they come my way. I may add some small minor hardware like video/composite/vga/hdmi converters and the occasional spare parts bag should I come across a good deal. Maybe get some spare 4164 memory chips.. Last manual I purchased was for like $10 over the summer. I also bought an assortment of mounting screws and brackets for $6. I still have my original stuff from the 70's and 80's, so new stuff is definitely gap-filler material or items I wanted but never got as a kid. A prime example would be the memory modules for the Practical Peripherals' In-Line Microbuffer. I so wanted to max it out when I was a kid. But it was impossible to find the parts back then, and when I wanted to order from PP themselves they were either out of them or charged wayyy too much. I don't recall which. But just last year I found all three modules for a moderate price, bringing the buffer to 256K. Again, patience!
It's all leisurely low-cost fun that doesn't strain a lifestyle. And last year's total 'vintage' expenditure was around $200-$300. I expect 2019 to be similar.
I intend to update my X-Plane, Orbiter, and Stellarium setup with a dome projector. I need to see what's available. I'm also staying away from modern consoles because DRM and Subscriptions. The wife will be taking charge of updating or replacing the various disposable NUCs scattered throughout the house. These are nice and cheap milk-carton sized disposable computers. Toss-n-Plug.
We are firmly staying away from anything crowdfunded or pre-order. It's simply too hectic trying to keep track of it all. Nothing is so important that it attains must-have-now status.
Edited by Keatah, Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:45 AM.