WHEN The Morning Bulletin was looking to talk to someone about Commodores last week, the last thing we expected was Michael Eckardt's phone call.
Minutes after we made the request on Facebook, he buzzed in saying he was keen to talk about his Commodore 64 collection.
The computer wasn't quite the classic we had in mind for our Holden feature, but it sparked an interest in the newsroom particularly among our older computer users.
With so much advancement in computers, some people may not remember the Commodore 64 machines.
Michael said it was his favourite computer of all time.
"People just use computers these days, they don't play with them and see all the things they can do," the collector explained.
"I love exploring them and finding new things about them. It's like a Pandora's Box."
Michael, an electrician by trade has done plenty of exploring when it comes to Commodore's or any type of gadget, collecting these computers over the years and getting his first Commodore at 16.
"I thought it was the best thing," he said.
"I used to go to computer club, it was fascinating.
"My friends and I would swap discs between one another for different games…they were the good days.
"I've got so many of them now and I've really got no use for all them," he said.
"I just didn't want to see them get thrown away."
During the Commodore 64's (C64) lifetime, sales for the machine totalled between 12.5 and 17 million units, making it the best-selling single personal computer model of all time.
Collecting not just computers but hundreds of books and other gadgets, Michael said he's been interested in machines and electronics from a young age.
"I've always been interested in how things work and how the world works, he said.
If you'd be interested in Michael's Commodore's, email him on email@example.com.
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