Oldest Computer Magazine You Have
In the same vein of old tech books, I am curious what the oldest computer magazine you currently own. I have a Byte from 1983 on my shelf. I like taking it down from time to time to see how far we have come. I know I will never throw that one away. I know I have some older Bytes, but I could not find them.
I've got Issue 1 of "Crash" - seminal Sinclair Spectrum magazine, dated February 1984 - hiding somewhere in my parent's attic.
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Issue 1 of Computer and Video Games - full of stuff about soldering irons and space invaders
And a Creative Computing annual from about '75.
The oldest magazine I can shake out of some closet would be COMPUTE! magazine from around late 1985 or early 1986.
Practical Computing - 1981 I kept it because it has some really awful code in it that I wrote!
Popular Electronics, January 1975, with the front cover that featured the Altair 8800 computer kit.
Abacus Quarterly, 1560 BC
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Datamation, September 1982, which by no coincidence is their 25th anniversary issue, and so is a retrospective going back to 1957. The lead off article is a profile of John V. Atanasoff, "creator of the automatic digital computer."
I have several "ZX" issues dated '82 and '83. "ZX" was a spanish magazine devoted to the Zilog Z80 microporcessor and Sincalir machines.
I used to collect K-Power in the 1980s. Sadly, I don't think I have them any more.. :~-(
I used to love computer magazines. A few years ago, I through out all of my old Antic and Analog magazines (for the Atari 400/800) from 82-85. They were great. I used to get some Amiga magazines (Amiga Experience?) too.
I have issues of Byte from 1979, I think all the Practical Computing have gone over the years. I have complete Byte issues for 1980 and 1981, several for 1982.
The "Computer Hobbyist", vol 1 number 1. No date on that issue, but vol 1 number 2 is December 1974.
Byte November 1977
I'm not sure they're thrown away yet or not. But I used to have lots of copies of Kilobaud, Byte, and Creative Computing from the '78 to '80 days. I bet my parents still have them in their basement. I remember taking long bus trips to get to the computer store to get them, back when I was 14 and 15 years old.
I remember "Electronics Illustrated" that my dad subscribed to when I was a kid. This was a "harder core" (more technical) and less cosmetic version of Popular Electronics that disappeared by the mid 1970s.
July, 1974 Communications of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery).
orginal issues of K-power, and Enter Magazine.
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