Unused Collections (was: Re: SGI Onyx - Three Phase to Two Phaseconversion)
ajp166 at bellatlantic.net
Thu Oct 11 07:07:44 CDT 2007
>Subject: Unused Collections (was: Re: SGI Onyx - Three Phase to Two Phaseconversion)
> From: "Ensor" <classiccmp at memory-alpha.org.uk>
> Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2007 02:44:12 +0100
> To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts" <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
> > You are getting dangerously close to one of the great
> >revelations of collecting life:
> > Most collectors do not do anything with their
> > collections.
> > Nearly all of us are on this constant drive to get new items,
> >chase them down, acquire them - then put them in the pile. 5
> >percent of the pile gets used and played with 95 percent of the
>Never a truer word said....
Generally I have to agree. That said I'm the throwback here I guess.
Of the 45 or so machines I have they are grouped by how I use them.
Some like the 6800D1 and SC/MP very rarely see power. Others like
my IMP48 and COSMACELF are small and don't need a terminal so its
out and played with. the PDP-8, PDP11s and microVAX are all out
and accessable. Same for the DECmateIII and several of the CP/M
machines. Now there are machines I don't use but are occasionally
brought out to insure run. I also have a small group maybe 5
systems that haven't run in 5 years as their status is "second copy"
which is a working system but not intended for regular use. If
there is one constant it is there are systems in that group that
see power often and are part of my prefered tools to do various
things. The fact that those tools are a bit retro is less
important than they work and any bugs are well known.
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