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From: Bruce Lane <>
Date: Tue Jul 1 08:09:00 1997

Date: Sun, 29 Jun 1997 18:16:33 +0000
From: "e.tedeschi" <>
Subject: Re: 'Home' computer: Definition
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Daniel A. Seagraves wrote:
>> On Sun, 29 Jun 1997, Bruce Lane wrote:
>> I've seen a couple of posts in here that declare, in very firm terms
>> indeed, that machines like the MicroVAX and PDP's are not "home" computers.
> My PDP is a home computer. All it takes up is a table (I don't have a
> rack yet. It's coming...) Besides, my XT is bigger than the PDP at the
> moment (condidering keyboard, monitor, printer, and disks)
> Anything I can fit inside is a home computer! If it's in a home, and
> it's a computer, it's a home computer, right?

        Absolutely right, Daniel! Thanks... Then Enrico responded with...

>Of course you could go to work on a Ferrari BUT would you? (and is a
>Ferrari a "goto work car"?)

        I've seen at least a pair of them used for exactly that about 20 miles
east of me in Bellevue (the local Yuppie haven). If someone's got enough
bucks to own one of those things, you better believe they're going to get
good use out of it. ;-)

        The whole definition argument seems pretty pointless, Enrico. That's what
I was trying to say in the first place. If you want to set your own
definitions of what constitutes a 'home computer,' that's fine. The rest of
us will happily(?) continue to use whatever strikes our fancy for computing
hardware in the home (a much better definition, I think).

        As has been pointed out, this group is for discussion of 'classic'
computers. Bill Whitson's definition of 'classic,' in this case, refers to
ANY machine that is ten years or more old. Period.

        Since MicroVAXen and other DEC machines fall neatly into that category, I
will continue to discuss them with others on this group. Period.

        Now, if you'll excuse me, I have work to do on this beautiful 12-year old
HP drafting plotter I just bought (replace a couple of switches, clean it
up, and it'll be good to go, especially once I hook it to the MicroVAX!)

Bruce Lane, Sysop, The Dragon's Cave BBS (Fidonet 1:343/272)
(Hamateur: WD6EOS) (E-mail:
"Our science can only describe an object, event, or living thing in our own
human terms. It cannot, in any way, define any of them..."
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