On 10/11/2016 10:07 PM, Seth Morabito wrote:
I've ever collected classic computers is because I've loved
playing with them. That's really all there is to it. I enjoy the sights,
sounds, and smells of firing up vintage computers and seeing them work.
Oh, I agree so strongly!
Oh, this part of your posting remembers me to interesting times that
have passed without me realizing the point when that happened.
I also remember the feeling when you find some stash full of interesting
things. The dirt, cleaning, trucks and trailers full of gear. I liked
it. But in the last years those opportunities are getting rare. My last
real haul was in 2013 when I picked up some pdp8/e systems.
On the money front, as I said I've never been in this for the money.
There was a time when most of this stuff could just be had for free, and
that was fun! Going on rescue trips was a blast.
I'll never regret
driving down to LA from the Bay Area to rescue a PDP-11/34, or the time
that a bunch of us got togethr and picked up an 11/45 and an Imlac PDS-1
from Bill Gosper's house. What a time that was -- I didn't even keep any
of it, I was just there for the rescue and the camaraderie.
But who knows what will be...
Hm, don't fully agree. Yes, capacitors can be nasty. But repair is a big
part of the hobby.
And secondly, lately there's been a lot less of "firing up vintage
computers and seeing them work", and a whole lot more "carefully
replacing capacitors and praying that the vintage computer will still
fire up". We've reached the point where the hardware I love is dying.
When I fire up a machine, I always expect that it needs some repair.
Sometimes I thought of getting out of the hobby as well. It comsumes so
much (partially rented!) space full of strange "scrap". And during the
last years my life has moved on a bit, there's less time left.
On the other hand I always regretted badly when I let go something.
In the 1990s, I was about 17 and not yet in vintage computers, I put a
fully working mint condition and complete Tandy 200, including power
supply, manuals, original bag - to the trash can. I regretted that...
And the stuff you let go today, might never come back. Ok, QBus and
newer stuff might have a higher availability.
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