With great sorrow
doc at vaxen.net
Wed May 20 17:35:52 CDT 2009
Zane H. Healy wrote:
> At 8:09 PM +0100 5/20/09, Tony Duell wrote:
>> > > Well, not really. I'm giving up most of my electronics and
>>> >computer stuff, but while it's all been great fun, I'm nor all that
>>> >sad about it.
>>> > As elegant as this stuff can be, I finally get to start riding
>>> >again, and I need the space (and cash of course!).
>>> Congratulations! The best of luck on your road to recovery!
>> Are you seriously suggesting it would be a Good Thing if we all gave up
>> playing with our (classic computer) toys?
> Maybe... I've said in the past that I view this as an unhealthy hobby.
> We're moving into our new house this week, and once we get moved in
> we'll be emptying the 10x25' storage unit that houses the bulk of my
> remaining "computer junk". It will be interesting to see in the long
> run how much of it I get rid of. I definitely want to trim down the
> collection, the problem being that some of the stuff is spares for
> systems that I want to keep. I honestly have no clue as to how much
> stuff falls into the "no interest/use" category, and how much into the
> keep category. In any case a lot of what I get rid of will be going to
> the library for the one project I have for them.
I'm finding it to be a pyramidal progression. I have All This Stuff,
and when I look at, say, an ISA FDC/MFM controller I think "I can't toss
this, it supports SSSD floppies!" And then I think "But wait, I'm
ditching all the Z80/8088/6502/whatever gear! I don't NEED SSSD
support! BuhBye!" Then I find the 80286 motherboard and I think "I
need this to run that MFM controll... Wait!"
And on and on.
This hobby has been not at all healthy for me. Fully 80% of my
*running* systems, let alone the projects, fail the 2-year rule**. At
some point I went from "inquisitive" to "acquisitive", and all the fun
** "If it hasn't been powered on in 2 years..."
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