Apple celebrates its 40th birthday on Friday. To commemorate the occasion, we look back with a longtime collector.
Surely you know these guys: The ones that keep their old iPhones rather than trade them in, because there's some nostalgia factor there. And then there are the hunters, who collect old bits of tech just for the fun of it.
And then, there's Blake Patterson, who owns 130 pieces of vintage computer tech.
His collection is Apple heavy, as luck would have it. Patterson is so devoted to his hobby that he's even erected a proper shrine, which he calls the Byte Cellar. It's a vintage tech hound's paradise, with fully operational computers dominating just about every piece of flat space.
Patterson started collecting in 1999 after his nostalgia had grown to such a point that he began scanning eBay for one of the computers of the past that he remembered most fondly, the Apple IIgs.
"After that, I discovered a local refurb shop that restored NeXT systems and, so, the fruit of Steve Jobs’ labor after leaving Apple in 1985 became the next member of my collection," Patterson tells HLN. "Shortly after came the Macintosh Plus -- my favorite Mac of all time -- and it went on from there."
Patterson's first Mac was the original 128K Macintosh, which he persuaded his parents to let him upgrade to from an Apple //c in 1985.
And what does he think of how Mac has changed over the years? Mostly, he longs for the older look from time to time (although he can just take a trip into the Byte Cellar if he misses it!).
"I love the colorful visual aesthetic of Mac OS X on modern Macs," Patterson tells HLN. "But there was a certain charm to that little nine-inch, monochrome display with the slight blue hue."
A collection like this could go on for ages, of course, and Patterson still has a few holy grails, such as the original Apple Lisa.
"And the new Mac Pro is pretty nice," Patterson says.