From: Sam Ismail <>
Date: Sun Dec 13 15:34:05 1998

On Sun, 13 Dec 1998, Marvin wrote:

> As one example of what is available here (Santa Barbara), but not elsewhere,
> I *highly* doubt anyone else anywhere in the world could have come up with
> the collection of Polymorphic stuff I have (including source code, parts
> lists, engineering drawings, specs, business plan, etc., etc., etc.) That
> happened because 1) they were made here in Santa Barbara, and 2) contacts I
> have knew about my collecting and were able to save this stuff from going to
> the dump.
> So assuming you had, lets say, the Polymorphic Business plan, how would you
> put a value on it? While I don't know how many were made let alone still
> around, I rather doubt there are more than perhaps a couple in existance now
> (I only know of this one.) I am really interested to hear your answer on
> this one!!!

I don't see how your anecdote relates to the issue at hand. I still don't
see how advertising a Z-80 emulator in relation to an IMSAI or Altair
makes any sense. He has the right to engage in such deceptive practices,
certainly. But I'm not going to condone it. Its just taking this
exploitation of "collectable" computers too far. It would have made more
sense for him to advertise this machine on comp.os.cpm or maybe
alt.folklore.computers, or any of the various newsgroups devoted to
computers that actually were based on a Z-80, like comp.sys.tandy.

I don't have a problem with people trying to make a buck in this hobby.
Certainly I'm guilty of the same thing. What I do have a problem with is
people attempting to shamelessly exploit it.

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