rarest computers

From: Jules Richardson <julesrichardsonuk_at_yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Tue Aug 3 18:18:33 2004

On Tue, 2004-08-03 at 22:03, William Donzelli wrote:
> Look at your machines as individuals. Where did you get each one?

The bad thing is, for a lot of my stuff I don't remember as it was too
long ago. These days I keep hold of relevant emails, and tend to note
down who I got what from and when. Back in the day I never thought I
might one day want to know who I got item x from, and storage space was
too precious to justify keeping email archives. (unfortunately I'm not
one of those people who compulsively prints out important electronic
data :)

> You will see that most machines - nearly all - did pretty unimportant jobs
> in their lifes.

All of mine I think :-) My NCR Tower was a development machine for XVT
Software and so has some interesting bits and pieces on it, but in the
big scheme of things that's about as good as it gets :-)

For a lot of the systems I just don't know what they may have been used
for - and of course the older the system the less likely it is to have a
hard disk inside, and the more likely it is that any floppies which may
have once been used with it have become separated, reformatted, or
thrown out by previous owner(s). So unless the person who passed it on
to me was the original owner and told me any stories about it, there's
just no way of knowing.


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