Vintage computer setup with 2 computers
fornaxvoid

This post might trigger some feeling of nostalgia to some people, if you are in your 40-50’s it probably will, if you are in your early 20’s it will probably look funny. I’m in my early 30’s and I’m somewhere in between, when Pentium II was around, that’s when I got my first access to the computer world.

After watching the Instagram profiles of isetups, thedreamsetup, etc.. there are many. You just can’t ignore the fact how cool those setups are, with multiple 4K monitors, LED lights, stands, sound systems, all perfectly color-matched and arranged. For someone who spend a lot of time on the pc, it’s like a paradise. It’s a beautiful evolution of how these setups are integrating computer technology with astethics.

After seeing all those cool setups I started wondering what were the setups back in the day when it all got started? Were there any people who perfectly organized their desks and matched the colors of their gadgets with the desk and the lamp? So, I decided the explore the topic a bit further and found that it’s really hard to find something that gets any near to what we see today, maybe because they were not available to as many people as today and culture was different? Anyhow after some digging around the web, here are the best I found.

Have you used some of the computers from the photos? Let me know in the comments.

1. Commodore 64

Commodore 64
Commodore 64 - FrugalFloridaFun

2. Vintage setup with 2 computers

Vintage setup with 2 computers
Vintage setup with 2 computers - fornaxvoid

3. Vintage office computer setup

Vintage office computer setup
Vintage office computer setup - Vintage Computers

4. Macintosh Plus

Macintosh Plus with HD20 SC external SCSI hard drive, keyboard, and mouse running System 6.0.8.
Macintosh Plus with HD20 SC external SCSI hard drive, keyboard, and mouse running System 6.0.8. - mczolton

5. Atari Mega ST 1

Atari Mega ST 1 with Atari Megafile 30 hard disk module, Atari keyboard, Atari SM124 monitor and third-party 3.5-inch drive, 5.25-inch drive, mouse.
Atari Mega ST 1 with Atari Megafile 30 hard disk module, Atari keyboard, Atari SM124 monitor and third-party 3.5-inch drive, 5.25-inch drive, mouse. - Adam Podstawczynski

6. Macintosh IIsi

Macintosh IIsi (M0360) with Macintosh Color Display (M1212), AppleDesign Keyboard (M2980) and MacAlly mouse. Installed System 7.1, and After Dark screensaver (Star Wars theme) is running.
Macintosh IIsi (M0360) with Macintosh Color Display (M1212), AppleDesign Keyboard (M2980) and MacAlly mouse. Installed System 7.1, and After Dark screensaver (Star Wars theme) is running. - Adam Podstawczynski

7. Commodore Amiga 500

Commodore Amiga 500, Commodore Amiga 1081 monitor, The Arcade joystick, Hitachi boombox
Commodore Amiga 500, Commodore Amiga 1081 monitor, The Arcade joystick, Hitachi boombox - Adam Podstawczynski

8. Apple IIe

Apple IIe with DuoDisk and Apple Monitor II
Apple IIe with DuoDisk and Apple Monitor II - Adam Podstawczynski

9. Commodore 64 with 1541 drive

Commodore 64 with 1541 drive, Datasette, Suzo (The Arcade) joystick and Commodore 1802 display
Commodore 64 with 1541 drive, Datasette, Suzo (The Arcade) joystick and Commodore 1802 display - Adam Podstawczynski

10. Commodore Amiga 500

Commodore Amiga 500 with Commodore 1084S display and Commodore Amiga mouse
Commodore Amiga 500 with Commodore 1084S display and Commodore Amiga mouse - Adam Podstawczynski

11. Apple Macintosh SE

Apple Macintosh SE with 80SC drive and Apple ADB keyboard and mouse
Apple Macintosh SE with 80SC drive and Apple ADB keyboard and mouse - Adam Podstawczynski

12. Commodore 64

Commodore 64 with Datasette tape drive and Commodore DM602 display (Monitor80). Loaded on screen is Easy Script word processor.
Commodore 64 with Datasette tape drive and Commodore DM602 display (Monitor80). Loaded on screen is Easy Script word processor. - Adam Podstawczynski

13. Pentium PC

Optimus-branded Pentium-class PC, 300 MHz, 128 MB RAM, Soundblaster sound card, DOS 6.22, Duke Nukem 3D + Philips monitor, PS/2 keyboard and mouse
Optimus-branded Pentium-class PC, 300 MHz, 128 MB RAM, Soundblaster sound card, DOS 6.22, Duke Nukem 3D + Philips monitor, PS/2 keyboard and mouse - Adam Podstawczynski

14. Pentium 200

Pentium 200 PC with Windows 95 and a Philips monitor.
Pentium 200 PC with Windows 95 and a Philips monitor. - Adam Podstawczynski

15. Commodore 64 Breadbin

Commodore 64 Breadbin + Commodore 1701 monitor + Commodore 1541 disk drive
Commodore 64 Breadbin + Commodore 1701 monitor + Commodore 1541 disk drive - Adam Podstawczynski

16. Apple IIc

Apple IIc (model A2S4000) with Apple Monitor (model G090S) and The Apple At Work software loaded.
Apple IIc (model A2S4000) with Apple Monitor (model G090S) and The Apple At Work software loaded. - Adam Podstawczynski

17. Pentium 200

A mid-90s PC with Pentium 200, 32MB RAM, Windows 95, Highscreen keyboard, Genius mouse, Philips monitor, and no-name IBM-compatible joystick.
A mid-90s PC with Pentium 200, 32MB RAM, Windows 95, Highscreen keyboard, Genius mouse, Philips monitor, and no-name IBM-compatible joystick. - Adam Podstawczynski

18. ZX Spectrum

ZX Spectrum+ with Polish Unitra Vela 203 portable TV, Unitra tape recorder
ZX Spectrum+ with Polish Unitra Vela 203 portable TV, Unitra tape recorder - Adam Podstawczynski

19. Home office from 1999

Creative home design from 1999
Creative home design from 1999 - jpegfantasy

20. Amiga 1000

IRC on the Amiga 1000
IRC on the Amiga 1000 - Blake Patterson

21. Home Mac office setup

Home office
Home office - Reddit

22. Mac Plus

A Mac Plus (in a Mac 512k case) views its Wikipedia page via the ancient MacWeb browser.
A Mac Plus (in a Mac 512k case) views its Wikipedia page via the ancient MacWeb browser. - Jeff Keacher

23. Atari 520ST

Atari 520ST
Atari 520ST - Blake Patterson

24. Amiga 1000

Amiga 1000
Amiga 1000 - Blake Patterson

25. Apple II

Apple II
Apple II - Megalextoria

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