Collecting ... (was Re: Machines I'm looking for...)

From: Chuck McManis <>
Date: Fri Jan 26 15:21:12 2001

At 02:44 PM 1/26/2001 -0800, you wrote:
>The "wrong" is when it makes the hobby less "fun". A fair part of what
>makes it "fun" for me is to bargain hunt, and unrelated to cost is that its
>LOTS of fun to open stuff up and see whats inside. Just ordering something
>ruins both of those fun parts for me. YMMV

Its amazing what happens when your web site is mentioned in the local paper
;-) My VAX House pages <> were
mentioned in a recent column in the San Jose Mercury News and that
encouraged a number of people to write me an email.

Several expressed that their interest in collecting old computers
(especially mainframes) was motivated by the fact that they could "get them
for free but they cost over a MILLION bucks new!" The idea of owning a
million dollar computer was appealing to them. So now I've got three "why
do people collect" reasons:

         1) Because they always wanted one as a 'kid'
         2) Because they learned computers/programming on one.
         3) Because they like knowing they own a computer that cost more
than their house.

As for computers I'm looking for, it seems I've got a line on a MicroVAX I
so all I need now is a VAX 4000/705A to complete the "top end" and I'll
have the entire Q-bus based VAX line. Donate now and get top billing on the
internationally famous House of VAX ;-)

Received on Fri Jan 26 2001 - 15:21:12 GMT

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