(The 8-bit) Makes no difference to me

Our exhibition Nekem 8(bit) [(The 8-bit) Makes no difference to me] was open from 5 to 22 September in Budapest, and will be re-opened in Szeged on 8 November. This temporary exhibition is expected to be open to visitors until the spring of 2018 alongside the permanent Exhibition on Computer History (The Past of the Future) staged by the John von Neumann Computer Society.

The John von Neumann Computer Society (NJSZT) and private collector Károly Nagy will present an important and popular segment of computer history in a joint exhibition this year too.

While last year’s exhibition The Apple Never Falls Far from the Tree presented Apple products, this year’s exhibition offers an insight into the world of the first home computers.

The exhibition (The 8-bit) Makes no difference to me will put on display the 40-year-old Commodore PET and the game console with removable cartridge, the likewise 40-year-old Atari VCS (2600), which posed the greatest challenge to computer manufacturers. The show cannot miss out on ZX Spectrum, which turned 35 this year or on its contemporary Commodore-64. These are the machines that stole the heart of a generation and appeared in great numbers in our homes for the first time.

Alongside retro legends manufactured in millions of units, rarities that evoke the atmosphere of Eastern Europe in the 1980s will also be on display such as the clones of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum produced in the Soviet Union or the best of Hungarian-made computers (Aircomp, Homelab, Primo, etc.).

What the exhibits share in common is the 8-bit microprocessor they were based on—and every one of them becoming a favourite of users. Fans keep alive these computer legends, several of which can also be seen in operation at the exhibition.