One person's kipple is... another person's kipple.
Old-Computers.com is a comprehensive on-line museum devoted to antediluvian thinking machines, largely from that long-gone era, known as the 1980s.
Alongside images and descriptions of the machines, visitors will find that many include photographs of the manuals other assorted documents packaged with them - a graphics time capsule from the 70s and 80s.
As with the products themselves, the design of these self-consciously futuristic documents is bizarre and jarring to the modern eye. They attain a status of being artefacts from a future that never arrived.
Graphic design aside, the museum is a treasure trove of weirdness.
Formerly the owner of two Silicon Graphics workstations, I still own a bevy of ancient Macs, a PC Engine and have great difficulty stopping myself from buying a NeXT Cube.
Similarly, I have purchased Lubitel and Woca cameras and all manner of other junk. This accretion of pointless, ageing technology in my modest home is some kind of searching for a world pre-internet when media technologies were all unique, incompatible with one another and, as a result, romantic and somehow more real.
As designed objects, many of these things are truly fascinating. Old computers, cameras and watches in particular are a source of unending joy to me.
The single item that I covet more than anything else is a pre-computer digital office clock - the kind that flicked pieces of paper or plastic, on which numbers were written in large sans-serif fonts. One day, it will be mine - as soon as I've paid off my credit card bill.