From an article on in July of 2000.

Retrocomputing Gains Popularity

He goes by the screen name "Mr. Ohm." He's a 15-year-old New Yorker, and his favorite computer was manufactured before he was born. "It's really a forgotten system that was, in many ways, ahead of its time," he says of the Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer, which he lugged to the conference.

Whereas the latest, fastest computers running at speeds of at least 1 gigahertz are the latest must-haves among self-proclaimed geeks, it is becoming increasingly popular among those who eat, drink and breathe computing to break out the old home computers of their youth, or in Mr. Ohm's case, toddlerhood. While the average PalmPilot carries more raw computing power than a TRS-80, seasoned computer users are finding a new love for the dusty Commodore 64, Apple Computer's Apple II or even the various videogames and computers from Atari previously relegated to the junkyard.

Several aged--dare we say it?--antique computers found their way to a hodgepodge display at the conference and were the topic of a panel discussion on retrocomputing. Among them four Commodore machines--two Amiga's, a C64 and a VIC-20; a Coleco Adam--Coleco's home computer that also played games from its ColecoVision game console; a Timex Sinclair; and two Atari game consoles--one a 1980s-vintage 2600, the other an original Pong console from the late 1970s.

While many computer users have denigrated the TRS-80 line of computers to the point where they are only somewhat affectionately called the "Trash-80," Mr. Ohm defends it, saying that it supported a Windows-like operating environment--coincidentally called OS9, the same name as Apple's current operating system--that was two to three years ahead of Apple's Macintosh.

"Maybe RadioShack stole that idea from Xerox PARC [Palo Alto (Calif.) Research Center] the same way Apple did," Mr. Ohm says, referring to the infamous incident when a young Steve Jobs hit upon the concept that would lead to the Macintosh and eventually Microsoft's Windows. Nearly every other walk of life has its nostalgia-seekers, so why not computing?