recent acquisitions for the House of VAX

From: Zane H. Healy <>
Date: Sat Sep 8 23:18:43 2001

>No, I _know_ the Hobbyist program will go away. People like HP and Compaq
>are starting to layoff people who they actually still have a use for in
>order to cut costs. What's the ROI on the Hobbyist program? Zilch! So it
>gives them some good press but it also causes their operations folks to get
>calls from folks who are trying to find spares for machines they never
>heard of. So they will kill it, I just hope they give out lifetime PAKs
>before they do.

One thought on ROI. Look at the Freeware CD V4, now look at the V5 CD's,
there is some definite ROI of the type they were looking for. Plus, how
many people buy systems, media, and documentation from them as a result of
the program? I've done all three.

Still, I fear you're right.

| Zane H. Healy                    | UNIX Systems Administrator |
| (primary)    | OpenVMS Enthusiast         |
|                                  | Classic Computer Collector |
|     Empire of the Petal Throne and Traveller Role Playing,    |
|                   and Zane's Computer Museum.                 |
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