recent acquisitions for the House of VAX

From: Eric Dittman <>
Date: Sun Sep 9 00:03:52 2001

> At 12:51 PM 9/8/01 -0500, Eric wrote:
> >Do you mean you are worried the Hobbyist program will go away?
> >Eric Dittman
> 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.

Compaq authorizes the Hobbyist program, but they don't do much else. They
don't pay to maintain the program, they don't give away the distributions,
they don't provide the PAKs. I don't think the Hobbyist program costs
Compaq more than a minimal amount.
Eric Dittman
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