The price of a well equipped fault tolerant and secure web server makes
gaming machines look cheap. I'm setting one up now. It sits in my office
so I need to design an attractice--and sound deadening--hardwood cabinet for
it, getting back to the subject of this group.
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Damn, have you seen the prices of the Vic20's and Commodore 64's at flea
markets and things??? Collectors are paying a pretty penny for them. There's
one or the other, I can't remember which, in the Smithsonian. I'm hanging on
to both my Vic 20 and Commodore.
"Cartoons don't have any deep meaning.
They're just stupid drawings that give you a cheap laugh."
The knobs on the 360/50 in the Smithsonian are mine. I was up there a few years
ago and noticed the ones they had were broken and a few were the wrong style. I
talked to the guy who ran the exhibit and arranged to get him some authentic
ones from my junk box.
I built my first computer years ago. At that time, I had to program my
operatg system inmachine language. Over the years, I have rplaced parts
until today, none of the original parts are left.
The experience and learning led me into being a field service engineer
for machine tool builders. After fifteenyears of getting on a airplane
every Sunday, I took a job in R&D at McDonald Douglas. I acquired
severl patents with machine tool modeling software programs. The sent
me to colleg where I earned a BS degree in Computer Science. I retired
after 10 years there.
Don't you hate it when you dig at someone for a spelling mistake, and then
sme smartass comes along to point out your own spelling mistake?
The word "criteria" is plural. You can't have "a criteria." You have "a
Damn Greek words.
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Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
Yea they are! They ate a portion of one garage (shop) wall and the
roof framing, and after replacing all of that, I pulled sheetrock down
15 feet away and found they had tunneled under the sheetrock/stud
junction to it as well. I treated the soil around the entry point,
replacement sill plates, and framing with Bifenthrin. Fortunately, I
saw no evidence of current activity - just a lot of abandoned mud
trails. Industrious little fu#%ers...
The first home computer that I saw was a Altair. It had toggle switches
instead of a keyboard and programmed in binary , all for circa a
thousand or so. I passed it up and hand built one that programmed in
machine language. Next the CPM operating system came out and I rebuilt
to accommodate it. Over the years parts and circuit boards were
replaced. Today there is nothing left of the original machine. My
upgrades were a learning curve and less expensive than trashing a
machine every two years.
From my learned skills, I got a job as a field service engineer working
on Bridgeport and Pratt and Whitney computer controlled milling
machines. After fifteen years of getting on a airplane every sunday, I
got a R&D job with Douglas Aircraft. They paid all expenses and put me
through college where earned a AS degree in computer maintenance and a
BS degree in computer science.
I retired about ten years ago and have a horse ranch on forty acres in
Colorado with a nice barn and a forty two by fifty modern, shop. I'm
busy learning C++ programming language and autocad. I have a couple of
patentable ideas on the drawing board and am busier retired than when I
Computers have enriched my life and haven't cost me very much.
Regards: Sumner Sargent
Gosh Rick.... I can relate... lol
I am retired and if I added up all the money I have spent on computers
..starting with a TI 49'er I guess I would also be sick.. BUT I used and
abused every computer I have ever owned..so I got my money worth...
no regrets... I would imagine my Cabinet Saw (purchased in the mid 80's
would be completely worthless today if
Saws were improved even 1/1000th as much or as fast
as Computers.... On the other Hand I restore and tinker with old cars
(another hobby) and my 64 high horserpower (365) solid lifter Corvette is
worth 15 times what I paid for it in 1965 and and is still worth 80 to 90
percent of the cost of a new Z06 Corvetteand it is NOT depreciating a cent
..BUT IT IS NOT.. 10 percent as GOOD A CAR as the new .ones... Hell of a
lot more fun to drive BUT honestly nowhere as good a car
as even a new FORD (did I say that 4 letter word??)
so sometimes old outdated "things" do hold their value
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