bshannon at tiac.net
Thu Aug 4 22:28:03 CDT 2005
I was rambling a bit, and not really clear.
A calendar showing the VCF exhibits would be practical.
The coffee table book I was suggesting would not be limited to exhibits.
Many collectors on this list have prized systems or large installations that
just are not practical to bring to a VCF.
To make a coffee table book documenting these machines, each collector
who wants to submit a system would provide (or arange for) digital images
of their system, and some detailed documentation on its history and state
of preservation, etc.
Maybe collect these on a web site over some preset time period, and then
evaluate and judge the entriesafter some through research. Sort of a
web-based virtual VCF.
Basically the 'prizes' would be how much coverage your system got in
This approach would be nearly ideal for the really heavy iron thats too
or valuable to truck around like a microcomputer system (not that such a
book / contest project would not accept micros...).
There could even be enteries for the CDC 6500 up at the museum, or the
PDP-1 restoration, etc. It should not matter if the 'collector' is private
professional (maybe seperate these by catagory if needed...).
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