PDP-12 on eBay

From: Sellam Ismail <foo_at_siconic.com>
Date: Mon Jan 13 22:40:00 2003

On Mon, 13 Jan 2003, Zane H. Healy wrote:

> Could it by chance have something to do with the size of the systems, and
> the avaialability of the Operating Systems and software (and even
> documentation)? I know that in my case that's the reason for my interest
> in DEC over IBM. It's more practical to concentrate on DEC.

I think it has perhaps more to do with the fact that a lot more people
came up on DEC systems in high school or college, and they were inherently
more accessible and therefore more hackable, and as a result there are
more people desirous of DEC gear to feed their nostalgia.

IBM machines tended to be big power hungry behemoths that stood fixed in a
computer room with a glass wall in front of it, with exceptions being the
1401 and 1620, for which there is certainly a not insignificant collector

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