pieces of metal and plastic

From: A.R. Duell <ard12_at_eng.cam.ac.uk>
Date: Wed Jun 25 15:50:32 1997

> Why do I play with old computers?
> I love collecting oddball stuff, just to consider what people could do...in
> what directions the industry could have gone. I play with old software
> (Visicalc, Concurrent DOS, and others) and trace their influences on
> today's WINtel products...and you know? as clunky as those old programs
> are, today's software is a direct descendant of many classic programs.
> I'm a trivia freak, and computer trivia's fun. Old computers are great
> trivia. (here's a good one for everyone...does anyone remember "synthetic
> programming"? Explanation on request.)
> I recondition old PC's, because -- then -- it puts an *affordable* PC into
> someone's hands. Unused machinery distresses me. Good machinery trashed
> makes me really ill. Why do we (USA) throw so much away?
> I loved computers from my first programmable calculator (1978...a TI-58). I
> lusted after many higher-priced units of the day. I can satisfy my ex-lusts
> now for -- sometimes -- a few bucks.
> I see the earlier stuff I have on the shelf increasing in value. Hey I'm
> not in business for my health!
> And...so you watch TV in the evening. Well, I hate TV and don't watch it.
> Does that make it bad? I read old issues of Punch Magazine, sci-fi and play
> with old machines. We all should have *something* different to do, or else
> we'd be alike, and who would I talk to, to keep me interested?

The gates in my computer are AND,OR and NOT, not Bill
Received on Wed Jun 25 1997 - 15:50:32 BST

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