Many things

From: Tom Jennings <>
Date: Sun Jan 30 19:50:39 2005

On Sun, 30 Jan 2005, woodelf wrote:

> Subject: Re: Many things
> Vintage Computer Festival wrote:
>> On Fri, 28 Jan 2005, Tom Jennings wrote:
>> In full knowledge that this will only prolong YAIOT10YRD (Yet Another
>> Iteration of the 10 Year Rule Discussion) how about we say the rule is

GAK! >>>>>>>>> I did not write the above, Sellam did :-)

Communication technology failed us.

> PS. or just two lists ... stuff with binking lights and junk with out. :)
> stuff: junk we keep. junk: stuff we toss out.

Well, many old machines, like the 1950's LGP-30, don't have *any*
blinking lights. My LGP-21 POWER, STOP, START, I/O pushbuttons.
Only three of them light. None blink. It's old.

I think 10 yrs is as fine as anything, for now. Personally (my
personal preference, not a judgement call) is anything in a beige
box is landfill (I make rare exceptions). Hypothetically, in 5,
10, 15 years when the DEC crowd (bulk of the list) has been
replaced with Microsoft products, I won't be here. That stuff
bores me to tears. I realize others stay up at night fantasizing
over it. Each their own perversions.

Another alternative to the 10-year rule is something with a
specific cutoff date, and an entirely subjective sloppy exceptions

Personally, I'd be happy with the list utterly excluding Microsoft
and Apple products wider than 8 bits (8088 is 16 bits). Or maybe
two [four] lists, vintage Dos/Win (actually, that might fly
anyways) and the crustier stuff separate.

Not very seriously, you could say any computer that consumes < 5
amps at the line cord is excluded, but then there's the LGP-21
again -- 300 watts.

Tom Jennings <>
Received on Sun Jan 30 2005 - 19:50:39 GMT

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