Human beings seem hardwired to intellectually justify with their forebrains courses of action which are desired by their reptile brains. Typically, the desire comes first, the justification later. I had tasted the fruits of eBay. Taste-um lots good, yum! I decided to gamble on the eventual development of a collectors’ market for old laptop computers. In fact, I decided to influence the development of a collectors’ market, to nurture it, if I could.
Andrew, This really hit me right between the eyes. I started about 1999 buying old laptop computers from the 1980-89 era for some dumb reason and like you I became obscessed with them. I did write a book and had it published in 2005 called: Vintage Laptop Computers, 1980-89 First Decade of Laptop Computers. It is still listed on a lot of sites including Ebay. In 2010 I was honored with 5 laptops from my collection being accepted for donation into the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. The book that I wrote is in the library of the museum as a reference book. I now have an example of almost every major model made by every manufacturer who made them in the 1980’s. I now have 110 laptops from 57 manufacturers and most all power on and boot up. There are less than 10 models made in the 1980’s that I have found to exist than I have not found a model for sale in 15+ years. So don’t give up write your book, GREAT FUN!!!!