Good Samaritan Rule?

From: Sellam Ismail <>
Date: Mon Jun 25 09:22:06 2001

On Sun, 24 Jun 2001, Wayne M. Smith wrote:

> Do the same rules apply to collecting and attempting to
> fix computer equipment?

Not the best analogy but no, not at all.

> Today I posted some questions regarding an IBM S/23 I
> am trying to get working (VCF 5.0 is coming up fast).
> Should I simply not even try to do anything, lest I
> risk criticism for doing it wrong?

I don't know why anyone would consider criticizing you over this project
(perhaps they can voice their objections publicly and explain their side?)
You took two old monitors--one which was defective, one which was going to
be thrown out--and combined the two to make one good one. Folks here do
that all the time.

Being a purist, the only thing I could really fault you for was altering
the history of the screen with the burn in. That burn in, as crappy as it
was, told part of the story of the display. But it is, after all, just a
display. If you could keep the old tube, or at least take a picture of
the screen, that would preserve the story.

It's just a monitor, people.

Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
International Man of Intrigue and Danger
Received on Mon Jun 25 2001 - 09:22:06 BST

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