From: J. Maynard Gelinas <maynard_at_jmg.com>
Date: Sat Jun 21 19:17:01 1997

        OK folks, I'm a lurker. I've never posted, and I feel ashamed
that this message will be my first impression for the rest of this lists
members. Enrico, will you please stop whining and say something relevant
to this list? I'm a busy man, responsible for an elderly parent and lotsa
lotsa expensive Sun hardware... my bosses give me little time to play.

        I'm here to read about Sym's & Kim's, ELF-II's, Altairs, LSI-11's,
TRS-80's... in short, all the computers I grew up with as a kid and have
lost because of foolish youth and multiple cross country moves. Can we
*please* get back to the fun stuff?

        PS - when I was fifteen I built a PDP-11 from scrap parts out of
DEC dumpsters... I'm sure you can do the same. I've seen this junk at
flea markets, in commercial basements left by tennants long forgotten, at
garage sales, in open dumps, on the sidewalk on trash day, and still find
myself washing coffee grinds off my tee shirts, after a bit of dumpster
diving, holding some neat piece of old junk I remember. Go get it like
everyone else, by getting dirty and in the thick of it. Stop making an
ass of yourself by suggesting that your collector collegues ought to go
out of their way to help you for whatever reason. It's simple, if someone
wants to help you they will. If not, they won't. If you want to ensure
overseas delivery, may I suggest you attempt a business transaction with
the seller, and offer him/her a healthy profit? This is one of the best
ways of ensuring prompt delivery on your terms.

        J. Maynard Gelinas

On Sat, 21 Jun 1997, e.tedeschi wrote:

> Date: Sat, 21 Jun 1997 22:30:01 +0000
> From: "e.tedeschi" <e.tedeschi_at_ndirect.co.uk>
> Reply-To: classiccmp_at_u.washington.edu
> To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
> Subject: Re: Why?
> Scott Walde wrote:
> > Back to the religion thing again... If I was giving something away, and a
> > person wanted it to use it for some purpose which I am 'religiously'
> > opposed to (I can't think of a good example off hand) I would probably try
> > to find someone else to take the item. I think that this should be my
> > right. (I do have the right to practice my religion, don't I?) I hope
> > you can see how this applies directly to the computer issue.
> So now the problem is clear...notwithstanding all the previous
> declaration to the contrary THERE IS a problem of someone being opposed
> to some other use (and possibly location) of the stuff. I think it is
> only fair that it is so.
> What is NOT fair is to try to hide it and find other excuses like...too
> difficult to pack... to expensive to be worth bothering with it....too
> much paperwork etc. Ain't we all in the same passion? If not then I
> would rather not be here.
> See what I mean? (is this too much cultural for someone?)
> enrico
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