Hardware Hobbyists vs. Emulator Jockeys

blstuart at bellsouth.net blstuart at bellsouth.net
Thu Jun 18 11:56:27 CDT 2009


> There are still many Apple ][ and Commodore fans.  Upgrades such as
> ethernet cards and new storage devices are very welcomed in those circles.

I must admit to some mixed feelings about this question of
upgrading classic machines.  But I would suggest that there's
a significant difference between modifications to an Apple 2
and a Bendix G-15.  In the case of high-volume commodity
machines, modifying one specimen doesn't hinder the historian
in studying the machine.  For that matter, if many of those
systems were modified when current, the types of modifications
that evolved over the years would be an interesting study in
itself.

But if someone makes an irreversible modification to a
machine of which only a handful still exist, then that
substantially increases the chances that at some point,
no examples will exist in their original condition.  Then
significant historical information will be lost.

There's also a big difference in where that machine exists.
If it's purely a hobby machine that won't likely survive its
owner, I'm not as concerned as I would be for a machine
that is part of a museum collection.  When a researcher
visits a museum to study an artifact, it is assumed that
the artifact has been preserved as carefully and as accurately
as possible.

I'll stop now before I get long winded going into the 3 or
4 tangents that come to mind.

BLS




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