IN PICTURES: Tech of Yesteryear - Where old comput...
IN PICTURES: Tech of Yesteryear - Where old computers find their final resting place
Max Burnet has turned his home in the leafy suburbs of Sydney into arguably Australia’s largest private computer museum. Since retiring as director of Digital Equipment Corporation a decade ago, Burnet has converted his interest in the computing industry into an invaluable snapshot of computer history. Every available space from his basement to the top floor of his two-storey home is covered with relics from the past. His collection is vast, from a 1920s Julius Totalisator, the first UNIX PDP-7, a classic DEC PDP-8, the original IBM PC, Apple’s Lisa, MITS Altair 8800, numerous punch cards and over 6000 computer reference books. And more. He happily opened his doors for us to take a look.
Burnet has a range of computers used to transfer information on magnetic and paper tape to modern format. He says this process can be lengthy because of the variety of early formats. For example, every manufacturer had a different format for their 5 inch floppies