Perhaps the ultimate holiday gift for any technology geek is a vintage artifact plucked from the pages of computer history. In the following slides, we'll look at an array of classic computer platforms (many of which are included in our feature "The 25 Greatest PCs of All Time"), and I'll offer some tips on how and what to buy--especially for readers who are new to computer collecting.
The popular auction site eBay is the best place to find such vintage treasures. Other options include flea markets, yards sales, and thrift stores. Also, ask around among family friends--they just might have a vintage treasure lurking in their closet.
Near the end of the slideshow, we'll also take a quick look at some magazines, films, and books that a vintage computer fan might enjoy. And when you're done, feel free to check out my blog on the subject. Happy holidays!