One of Canada’s only computer museums is located in Saint Laurent, Quebec, and its founder has preserved a piece of history with his own money.
Elie Karam’s passion project has been a decade in the making and can be found at the Etek Laptop and E.musee Computer Museum.
“My interest was in preserving and preserving history,” Callum said.
The museum is full of computers, accessories, and components dating back to the 1970s.
Most of the approximately 500 technology devices are from his personal collection sourced from around the world.
Almost all of them work perfectly.
“This collection cost about US$120,000. But when you are passionate about something, you don’t really see it,” Callum said.
Callum’s interest in technology began as a child playing classic video games like Pac-Man.
As he has grown so has his collection and his wife now shares his passion.
“He even started in the basement of our house, so the basement was really full before we moved everything here.
The collection also includes the rare Apple Lisa for connoisseurs.
“I had 10,000 offers, but I turned them down because they are part of my collection and I have a lot of memories,” Callum said.
The couple hopes the free museum will reboot old memories and teach younger generations about once-groundbreaking technology.