Computer collectors are no longer the dweebiest people in the
frustum at pacbell.net
Wed Aug 6 14:56:23 CDT 2008
Tony Duell wrote:
>> No, now we can point at the toaster collectors:
> I am not sure what the exact definition of 'dweebiest' is, but I can't
> see anything wrong with collecting toasters. Not that they particularly
> interest me, but I see no harm in being interested in them.
"dweeb" has passed into common usage, but the original meaning was a
acronym of "d*ck with ears". As many curses go, it doesn't make literal
sense. The common usage of calling someone a d*ck usually means the
person is a jerk, but in the dweeb context, it just is a general
pejorative. Think of dweeb as meaning "nerd," "clueless," or
> Perhaps sombody can elightent me as to the differenc between collecting
> toasters and collecting computers, calculators, cameras, service
> manuals, etc, etc, etc.
Tony, you missed it; he gently mocking toaster collectors, but he was
also putting us vintage computer collectors in the same category. The
point was self effacement more than putting anyone else down.
>> Navigate your way over to "SPECIALS" and then "What is it worth?" to read
>> up on toaster pricing. It will seem strangely familiar.
> Am I the only 'collector' who doesn't much care about the value of the
> items hi his colelction? I collect things becuase I'm interested in them,
> I find them beautiful (in a somewhat odd way, I can appreciate the good
> design in a PDP11 or HP98x0 CPU, for example). I don't collect in the
> hope that I'll be able to sell them later for more money.
Tony, I think you are alone in that. The rest of us are getting
stinking rich stockpiling boring old electronics doo-dads. I just wish
my hands didn't get so dusty touching the stuff, as it makes my cash dirty.
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