Top collectable machines

From: James L. Rice <>
Date: Mon Mar 11 09:34:57 2002

All of my machines have to useable or I don't keep them. If I'm not
going to use them, they get sold or given away to someone who will. I
don't have a problem with someone who collects only for value
appreciation or as a trophy piece, but that isn't my style. Just like I
admire someone like Tony who relishes digging into component level
repair, that doesn't really appeal to me. My thing is finding a system
that I like and want to really "use", collecting all of the accessory
bits and option cards, finding and installing the OS and application
software and finally using it on a daily basis. I could do everything
that I do on my old machines in a new Microsoft XP box at 2.2ghz and
that's what I use at work. But I appreciate the old machines that I
could never afford when I was younger and enjoy using them now.


You mean you're supposed to read the manual first?

Rich Beaudry wrote:

>> Out of curiosity, how many here care whether or not the machines they
>> collect are considered "collectable" or "top collectable?" Isn't the
>> point of collecting these machines to have fun toys to play with?
>> Collecting was more fun, and the machines were easier to find, when
>> nearly everyone considered them worthless a decade or so ago.
> As many other have said here, I try to hang on to only those machines
> that I can put to use. One exception would be the various SBCs I own,
> but you could argue that they are useful for learning about the
> procerssor they host.
> Also, like others, nobody is really impressed by my collection. I
> don't do it for them, I do it for me....
> My "lab" is in the finished basement of our new-to-us house (and
> leaking into the garage). The previous owners left brown shag rug and
> paneling, so it has that nice '70's look, to match the computers! :-)
> One friend of my wife, whose husband works for the government,
> remarked upon coming down the stairs and seeing my stuff scattered
> about: "This looks like one of those places my husband goes into where
> the bust the guy for having all his kiddie porn stashed on his
> computers". She laughed, I didn't... :-(
> Rich B.
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