Re installing XP on Sony
Dwight K. Elvey
dwight.elvey at amd.com
Fri Mar 4 12:56:16 CST 2005
>From: "Vintage Computer Festival" <vcf at siconic.com>
>We have a very special mailing list here with a specific character, which
>is of great value to people in this hobby. If we allow really common,
>unextraordinary PC maintenance issues to be discussed any old time someone
>wants to bring them up even though there are an infinite number of tools
>and resources available only a few clicks away, we'll lose that unique
>character, and subsequently most of the people who currently inhabit this
>space who are valuable resources for the hobby.
I think many don't realize the damage that can happen
when the group becomes a "Please fix my PC" group.
I watched this happen to a news group that had too many
people that tolerated such off topic post. From Jim's own
words, he thought that this was a general computer
group. It is not.
While this group tends to wonder off topic every now
and then ( I'm partly guilty of some of it ), it is
still one of the best resources for general information
on what we like to term as classic computers. We have a
general 10 year rule. Although, we are seeing many PC's
getting into the time frame, it has not shown up as a major
collectable area. Question on fixing a MFM drive would
be on topic partitioning XP is not.
The primary purpose is to keep from having things fall
into day-to-day computer operational problems. As Sellam
says, this is not the right place for these. While there
are many on this list that see little harm in fielding
such off topic questions, I doubt they have seen a group
destroyed as I have. For those that defend him, I doubt
you realize that this group can be quickly destroyed by
When I step off topic ( and I have a few times ) I have
no problems or animosity towards those that chastise me
for doing so.
If Jim feels that there is little purpose to this group
because we are unfriendly to question about using XP,
maybe he has an incorrect understanding of what this
group is chartered for. I would like him to remain in the
group if he has interest in older classic machines. If
he doesn't then he is right to leave but there should
be no hard feelings as it was just a mistake that is
Sorry about my Reply-To. I don't directly control this.
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