On Thu, 27/8/15, Rohan McLeod <rhn(a)jeack.com.au> wrote:
Get thee behind me Satan ! :-)
regards Rohan Mcleod
Rohan, that's a commendably brief summary of the feelings me, and probably many of us.
Problem is, I feel rendering these works of craft back to dumb lumps of metals is a
Fortunately I know some collectors who will take almost anything. Unfortunately, not the
ones who were interested in a public museum, which I think ought to have an example of
some of these;- I'm thinking the (already claimed anyway) BBC with tube co-processor
and the Labtam X-terminal (possibly the first company to sell them, based in Braeside,
Melbourne, Oz < imagine a Norman Gunston style jingoistic hawk & spit>!).
(Except the bloke planning a museum of anything that plays games might like the BBC(s).
Actually, looking at the wicked pedia to confirm my impression that "The Tube"
was the buss to connect another CPU, not a peripheral CPU unit as such, I see that Julian
Barson's company in Abbottsford, Melb, Oz adapted the Econet filing system from
Acorn's System 2 so another hawk & spit! (Sorry about the sound, but I have acute
rhinitus, possibly related to my deviated septum.)
Most people, as distinct from the weirdos who read LUV lists, might be surprised at how
common collecting old IT has become in the last few years. Most of them are interested in
what they had, or wished to have, when they were a kid/teenager. Many of them aren't
interested in things they never heard of. Then you have those after the obscure, including
the completists that mostly already have the common stuff they want. Some of them are the
ones who've driven the prices of rarer stuff way up. Yes, you can get serious money
for some items, if you are prepared to wait.
" .... We are just consumers to the huge corporations of the computer and
telecommunications industry. They want to sell to us all right, but they won t sell us
everything we need; that is, they won't make us powerful, unless we insist."
Ward Cunningham http://c2.com/doc/forewords/beck2.html