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    My Site:

    Hi all,

    I've just put my new site online if any of you would like to take a look. At the moment it doesn't contain much informaiton about the collection it self as that is being added as we catalogue stuff however the look and feel is all done, and we've cobbled together some histories of the main companies in the collection (thanks to all the sites we were able to find relevant historical info).

    Hopefully you'll like it but I'm very open to criticism, and I look forward to hearing peoples views!

    It will develop a lot over time I promise!

    Well done on the site. I like the scrolling pictures on the right; makes you feel like you've entered vintage computer hall. Keep us posted on your collection, on here and on ths ite.

    Remember, wherever you go, there you are.


      Thanks Ian!

      If anyone is interested the blog should be generating this RSS feed:

      And the news should be generating this one:


        Although I don't usual mention specific updates to the site, I thought I'd mention that I regularly update the blog on my site, and post a link to the latest post:

        Please take a browse. I'm open to comment good or bad on the site and want to make sure it is as good as possible.


          Come on guys! Give me some feed back please!

          Is what I'm writing a waste of time? Is it good?

          Do my feeds even work? lol


            The scrolling pictures on the side--are they computers that you actually own or just ones that you are telling people about? If not, you could take pictures of your own collection and post them on the site.

            Remember, wherever you go, there you are.


              I'm planning to take a lot of pictures of my collection. I'm still in the process of moving it all.

              I have (I think) over 100 machines, plus monitors etc, and stacks of peripherals, and software so its going to take me a long long time.

              I think all the machines featured in the scroller are in my collection, but the photos there aren't of my actual ones.


                Regular(ish) updates being posted to the site - though some of it is documented on here.

                Started a download section with some documents that others will hopefully need.

                Don't forget to let me know if you'd like a link to your site on there too please!


                  Wow, great site, love the UI.

                  Here's a link that I use quite often that can help populate your link section:


                    It's a great looking site with some very interesting information. Love the scrolling pictures
                    A Brit Downunder
                    Old programmers don't die, they just GOSUB without RETURN...


                      Thanks for the nice comments guys.

                      Just created a twitter account for the site: @MicroMuseumUK

                      Please feel free to follow it I won't spam I promise!


                        Nice! I don't use Twitter or tweet (or is it twit?), but it's nice that you're spreading the word about your site and vintage computers too.

                        Remember, wherever you go, there you are.


                          Just done a big update to the site following a cataloguing push:

                          That's about 1/8th of the collection catalogued so a long way to go yet!

                          Thanks for taking the time to read this!


                            I don't know how many of you noticed by my site has just had a downtime of about a week, but it's back up now!

                            Full details of what happened are here:


                            Thanks for taking the time to read this!

                            Seasons greetings and best wishes to all of you!


                              In case any of you have looked at my site and haven't noticed, I've put the all new version of the website up at:


                              It is still very much a work in progress, and Im still adding data as fast as I can but I hope you'll think it's an improvement!