Are you a specialist or a generalist?

Jan-Benedict Glaw jbglaw at
Mon Jun 20 09:25:18 CDT 2005

On Mon, 2005-06-20 22:53:12 +1000, river <river at> wrote:
> Hi,
> Just wondering if you regard your classic computing skills as
> specialised or generalised?

I guess I'm more one of the "specialised" guys, but things evolve over
time. My preferred architecture changed several times during the last
years (be it small things like C64, going over to Alpha, Sparc32,
PA-RISC1.1, DECstations, SGI stuff, now it's VAXen running Linux).

My general *interest* is in all kind of all machines, but due to space
requirements (and available free time) I'm forced to focus myself.
Though, I'd *love* to work with old computers (like in a museum) all the
day, but that's most probably kinda unrealistic...

> Do you have lots of various old systems with different processors
> and architectures, or do you specialise in a particular processor,
> architecture or system?

I usually keep my old stuff around, but don't use it all that much.
Though, I'd *love* to show it off publically, like another guy does.
(He's opening his little data centre these days, look at .  This
link was sent to some DECUS mailing list).


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