So, what are my current future plans, as of now? What am I looking for, and want to add up to my collection?
Well, closest to hand are these…
Lot of 3
A lot of 3 defective “untested” machines, on the same eBay site I bought my Latitude and HiNote from. The auction is currently $3.90 with only 5 hours left. As we see, there’s some Celeron-powered sort of LifeBook to the left, which isn’t interesting, a Latitude CPt in the mid, disinteresting as well (except I might be able to bring it alive with one of my own adapters); and a 1992 Toshiba T4400SX, which really is interesting: an early DX-upgradable 486SX-25, which you could order with either a high-performance gas plasma screen, or a for its time uncommon, monochrome LCD.
The shipping is $12. Given that the Toshiba might not be working, I don’t think I’ll pay more than $15 for them altogether.
Sony C1 Vaio PictureBook
The original Vaio PictureBook. Launched in 1998, this cute but big-hearted 8.9″, 1024×480 beast took right over where the 1st gen Libretto series ended. It kept spinning on the same concept of the Toshibas: maximum performance in minimal packaging. The first model (above) fetched a 233 MHz Pentium CPU, then it ranged all the way up to an 867 MHz Transmeta Crusoe brute.
Compaq LTE 5400
I got so sad when a teacher in school were about to sell one of these in the upper-classes of the elementary school, and I just about couldn’t afford it. Back then, I already had quite a little arsenal of PC’s: a Pentium III/500 as “daily driver”, a Tulip 486DX/Pentium 80 overdrive, and a dead Toshiba T3100SX. I’ve wanted an LTE ever since, and eventually managed to pick a slower 133MHz 5300 in the early 2010. Sadly, that one had a faulty, non-OEM power supply, so due to incorrect voltage it was already slowly dying. At some point it got so challengingly slow, it pissed me off so bad that I smashed the whole package to pieces.
I don’t regret it, but don’t think I’ll do it again (the computer was scrap at that point, anyway). Since I saved the CD-ROM and HDD from 5300, I’m now hunting for the top-of-the-range 150MHz, 80MB 5400.
Its predecessor though, the LTE Elite, is something that’s really melting a nerd’s heart. Just look at it! ❤
ALR Revolution 6X6 (Unisys Aquanta HS/6)
Able to haul six Pentium Pro CPU’s simultaneously on three riser cards, this 130lb server might be the ultimate beast of maxing every ol’ arcade game out – if just a decent OS can take advantage of all the processing power. Nevertheless, owning a system which back in its day could be specced to well over $100.000, have almost infinite space for extension cards (3x Voodoo2 setup, anyone?), and is able to save half a dozen Pentium Pro’s from gold scrapping, is well enough satisfying for me.
I don’t have many more desires for any specific PC’s, probably due to what I’m already working on.
Dang, I want so many I don’t even know where to begin! Let’s start in the reality:
It feels about right when console gaming, right? I bought my last 50″ Toshiba television new, back in 2014. Then our messed-up government wanted me to pay for a radio license, because I bought it new and the electronics shop had informed them about my ownership. I didn’t even have any channels on it to avoid this from happening, but the law says that if you own a satellite reciever, you have to pay; otherwise, you don’t. This means that streaming live TV through your entire neighborhood is 100% fine, but using your TV as a computer monitor gets you instantly shot in the neck.
Since I went kinda pissed-off, I sold that 50″ and they haven’t bothered contacting me ever since. However, as I’m getting more and more fancied by cheap/free stuff, I think I’ll be picking up a free CRT TV soon. Something small, perhaps, which I can get rid of it easily.
In my first post, I didn’t really make a secret I owned one in my youth and managed to make quite a decent profit from it. Despite that, I still regret my selling. I miss it. Oh well, that’s life, being young in a constant need of money.
I can’t honestly say I loved my CD32, like I’ve loved other consoles I laid my hands on. I recieved three games with it, the 2-in-1 Diggers & Oscar, and Simon the Sorcerer. As a Millennium PC gamer on a Pentium III at that time, those games were neither involving, nor interesting. I mostly only used the CD32 as an advanced CD player. But as the first console I purchased for own money, and for being something different than Sony and Nintendo, the console itself was interesting. It turned me into a fanboy of Commodore as a company.
The CD32 isn’t desperately hard to find these days. They have increased in price, but very, very marginally. I sold mine for $70 back in 2006, with only one fully functional controller, and 3 games. Today you still get one in pretty decent shape for less than $100.
Panasonic MSX Turbo R
OK, it doesn’t have to be a Turbo R, but one would be hella cool to own! I’m genuinely more interested in the MSX system as a whole, though. Seems to have come with some pretty cool and awesome games.
It might be disputable, but as little as I’m interested in the Gamecube (which I didn’t even give a chance due to its epically weird hand controller), I hold the Nintendo 64 as my very top favorite console in the whole of gaming history. It’s certainly personally related; it was the very first video game console I can remember of, when my brother got one in the early 1998.
Despite this, the fact that the N64 is still one of the cheaper second-hand consoles to buy, and that I’ve emulated N64 a quadrizillion times on even moreizillions of computers, I still haven’t owned a N64 myself. I were so close to buying one last week, but at the end of the auction the price skyrocketed, and I didn’t really want an “ice blue” one that much. The ones of greatest desire is either the green or the black N64 – transparents, of course.
Quite an obvious one, then comes the 8-bit. No?
No. I’m actually not even interested in the 8-bit. I had one as my life’s first console, and even though I was a little kid (6 years) and had nothing to compare it against, it got me bored. I don’t miss it at all – but I’d still buy one to complete my collection.
The Super Nintendo is not the same piece of cookie, though. I can only remember having fun with it. The Super Nintendo is like the CD32 something I want, without any specific game reason for it.
I didn’t like the original PlayStation as much as the N64 back in these days. The N64’s got nicer controllers, looked much better, had 007 Goldeneye exclusively, no loading times and didn’t require any scratchable CD’s.
Owning this compact PSOne 12-13 years later (sold since 2010), I changed my mind. The tiny PSOne is definitely a looker, and when you now have the economy of a full-time job there’s no need to choose between them. I could get a PS2, but hey, why? PS2 is for PS2 games. I want actual hardware because I simply and stupidly adore it.
Sega Rally/Daytona Arcade
Who never dreamt of this as a kid? Must be a proof of how I never grow up. As these are getting brutally expensive, and as it takes at least one whole day taking it home, I’m most definitely waiting for the very right moment to strike. Hopefully all the way until I’ve got a bigger apartment than the single-room, 30 sq-m nest I’m currently stuck in.
Curious about the name of the blog?
Revenge of the Arcade Artillery! 😉