Minicomputer Storage Myths

From: Carl R. Friend <>
Date: Tue Jul 22 23:02:29 1997

   On Tue, 22 Jul 1997 19:03:32 -0700 (PDT), Mr. Ismail was rumoured
to have remarked:

> [...] Tim was complaining that nobody wanted the stuff, but the fact
> is, who wants to spend hundreds of dollars in shipping or
> transportation charges?

   Offhand, and I may offend a few sensibilities here, that folks who
care for computing's history should be willing to bear such short-
term inconveniences as medium-sized monetary expenditures. If you
don't save a machine, it might be the _last_one_! (The odds of this
happening in the near term with micros is vanishingly small.)

> [...] that's all fine and dandy if you're a bachelor or your wife
> could care less what kind of crap you drag into the house. [...]
> She has problem enough with the garage full of crap.

   Oddly enough, Diana and I have been together now for the better
part of a decade, and while she occasionally grumbles about my hobby,
she supports it because she knows that it's important (not just to
me, but for a larger cause as well).

   I believe the use of the term "crap" comes from fundamental
misunderstandings of our common computing history. Sad.

> Right now I'm not fully prepared to start taking in large systems
> (larger than S-100 rackmounts). I'm not going to give up my living
> space for the hobby.

   It all depends upon how seriously we take our hobby, doesn't it.
(That was merely an observation, _not_ an editorial comment!) For
what it's worth, an IMSAI is just about twice the size of a pdp11/23.
And less than a quarter of the CPU power.

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| Carl Richard Friend (UNIX Sysadmin) | West Boylston |
| Minicomputer Collector / Enthusiast | Massachusetts, USA |
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