December 2, 2022

At Jamaica Plain’s new BYTE Shop, you can geek out over very old computers, or get your 21st-century model fixed

“I questioned if I may well be able to fuse the idea of a museum with a maintenance store,” he mentioned, in his South Road room, with Thunderground, an early ‘80s Atari game enjoying guiding him. “We have a museum of likely more than 200 desktops full — some of it in storage, some of it on exhibit — and most likely the major operating assortment of classic personal computers, at minimum [in New England].”

An Altair 8800, created in 1974, is seen on display at the BYTE Store in Jamaica Plain. Erin Clark/World Staff members

The BYTE Shop’s storefront is lined with aged computers, from the IMSAI 8080, like the a person in the 1983 film “WarGames,” to extra modern patterns like the 1998 iMac G3, the a single that was egg shaped and came in bright blue.

To be very clear: The machines aren’t for sale they are for schooling, nostalgia, and amusement. Colegrove will even hearth them up for you so you can see how they perform and — if you’re the right age — reminisce.

Indeed, Gen Xers and millennials, there is the classic pioneer lifestyle game “Oregon Trail” on an Apple IIc, and a 1982 Macintosh on which Colegrove can open up MacPaint.

The BYTE Shop’s selection contains this Apple II personal computer. The shop also gives electronics restore, resale, and recycling.

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Colegrove stated his South Avenue block is the perfect location for him he shares it with Monumental Marketplace, a coffee location that properties Gentle of Working day Records’ shop of vinyl albums, Miss Laura’s, which sells vintage jewelry (and other funky items), and 40 South Road, a haven for vintage apparel.

“This block is sort of a retro block. And we’re just a extremely independent block,” he claimed.

Of training course, Colegrove does want people to keep in mind the 50 % of his company that makes dollars. He’s powering his desk carrying out laptop and mobile phone repair, and that’s how he pays the expenditures. He has 15 a long time of expertise in IT and social service perform his IT careers have incorporated time with Boston Public Universities, Harvard Divinity School, and Apple.

Philip Celeste, who owns the Jamaica Simple and South Boston store On Centre, stated he was working with Colegrove’s services for computer repair even right before the BYTE Store existed. His personal retailer was in desperate want of help with RAM updates at the start off of the pandemic to accommodate a spike in on the internet purchasing, and a Jamaica Basic Facebook team directed Celeste to Colegrove.

Celeste mentioned Colegrove saved the working day, exhibiting up at the shop to take the computer systems house, correct them, and convey them back again.

“We were being like, you need to cost far more,” Celeste stated, laughing. “He’s truly good and I truly feel like he’s genuinely genuine.”

Celeste was 1 of the individuals who explained to Colegrove about the empty place on the Jamaica Basic block, as soon as inhabited by the Aviary Gallery.

“It was previously set up as a gallery, so we were equipped to just shift in,” Colegrove said.

His wife, Alice Colegrove — with whom he shares three sons (ages 10 and under)— mentioned she was thrilled with the strategy of Tim opening a storefront. It was a useful alternative the computer systems had been getting around their household.

“Our basement just began filling up. I would get photos of the basement and mail it to folks and they’d be like, ‘Whoa’ it [was] like the Smithsonian archives,” said Alice Colegrove, who’s a guide doing work to conclude youth homelessness.

The retail store would make it a lot easier for the public to have interaction with what Tim experienced curated, she reported, and to uncover his maintenance solutions, which have appeared essential because 2020.

“We lean into our tech extra than ever right before,” Alice reported, adding that because of his IT and social providers track record, her spouse is a pro at consumer service. “One of his super-strengths is that he’s such a terrific listener.”

Colegrove reported he hopes that just after a take a look at, an individual will give the BYTE Shop a create-up on Atlas Obscura, a site that drives organization and tourism for distinctive, often out-of-the-way locations.

Questioned whether he would publish a little something himself about all of his awesome machines, Colegrove explained he would never.

A person else can take the trace.

Meredith Goldstein can be reached at [email protected].