ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Wed Mar 14 10:36:29 CDT 2007
On 3/14/07, Jay West <jwest at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> Brent wrote...
> >> I picked a derelict/beat-up CT-64 out of the surplus/discard pile about
> >> 10 years ago. Cleaned up and rewired it's in excellent condition.
> To which Richard replied....
> > Dude. 10 years ago I don't know if this "hobby" was on anyone's radar.
> I beg to differ. There's quite a few listmembers here that were active in
> the hobby 10+ years ago. I'm also certain there were a good number of people
> doing it well over 10 years ago that still aren't on this list.
I got my first "obsolete" machine in 1982, my next one in 1983, then
1984 (all older PDP-8s, naturally ;-) I've been fiddling with
"collector" machines for nearly 25 years now. That long ago, one
could argue that the "old" machines were thought of differently than
they are now, but if your motivation isn't "I can sell this on eBay",
things weren't that different after all. I remember seeing this
PDP-8/L in the mud at a rainy Hamvention and marvelling at how many
boards and TTL ICs were inside and thinking how cool it would be to
get this old beast running. It took a few years, and I learned a lot,
but I was right - it was pretty cool when it ran its first program
(incrementing the AC to watch the lights blink). Getting it to echo
chars on a VT220 via 20mA current loop was even cooler. That part of
the hobby is unchanged for me - what has changed most, for me, is how
much it costs to get old DEC gear cause it's "collectible". We just
wanted to run it, not make money from it.
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