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Retro Computer Meetup Draws Enthusiasts to Albuquerque


ALBUQUERQUE, NM – There were dozens of old computers at the Quelab Maker Space, Apple and PC, and these machines really paint the picture of advancing technology. But, these computers also brought together a crowd of people with a passion for vintage technology.

The ABQ Retro Computers public meeting is a step back in time.

“We’re coming together to kind of share our passion for fixing these old computers and putting them in place so everyone can use them,” said Kyle Jones, co-founder of ABQ Retro Computers.

Machines from the 90s, 80s and even the 70s.

“They don’t make them anymore and most of them have ended up in the trash at this point, so as much awareness as possible, maybe someone can save them from the trash, and that may end up being reused instead of just rotting,” Jones said.

And if you’re thinking of surfing the modern web, you’re out of luck, there’s not even dial-up access on these computers.

“It’s true that it’s hard to find a use for any of these machines, so this gives us the opportunity to use them, unbox them and play with them,” Jones said.

But it’s their simplicity that fuels Jones’ passion.

“I’ve never been able to open a modern cell phone, but with one you can remove four screws from that opening, it’s usually pretty clear. What’s wrong with it? them, their components can be replaced and things like that are much more user-friendly,” he said.

Jones says some of these computers can take several months to restore. However, he’s come across computers that have been sitting out for over a decade turning on just by plugging them in.

The next public meeting will take place in March.