I've always had an interest in electronics for as long as I can remember. I started with Radioshack kits and the like when I was younger, where I learned about analog and digital electronics. Between these kits, my own research on the internet, and help from my father (a degreed electrical engineer), I was able to gain a firm footing in electronics years ahead of attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I earned my BSEE. Some time in high school, I purchased a used Atari 400 computer to mess around with software development and later hardware modifications. I now own several Atari computers and have since expanded into whatever I find interesting that I can get my hands on for a reasonable price.
This list is far from complete, and is not presented in any particular order.
- DEC VAX and PDP-11 systems
- Atari 8-bit computers (400/800/XL/XE)
- Motorola 68000
- Intel 8080/8085 and Zilog Z-80
- Analog and TDM digital telephony (VoIP is only a necessary evil)
- Dumb terminals (E.g. DEC VT line)
- Vintage data networking (E.g. 10BASE5, T1 data connections, voiceband telephone modems)
- Electronic test equipment