"Evan Koblentz" <evan@...> wrote:
> As a technology journalist myself, I find it offensive that he
didn't do any
> homework and got so many facts wrong.
The link given did not work for me, because ".html" was split apart. I
found the article and here is another link with an obvious split:
The article, it's noted, was written by someone not on PCWorld staff.
They did get some facts wrong, and their impressions mostly suck.
In any event, my experience at the MARCH booth area was that many
people seeing it, did not have much of an impression of what that
large computer was all about. I offered an explanation of that PDP-8's
background to "some local computing advocates" (no names) and they
were bored. I imagine their reaction was something like "old Compac
server heavy, slow and therefore no good equals old bunch-o-cards
computer heavier, slower and therefore even more no good".
I'm not a MARCH officer but I'll consider posting something there
myself. NOt just because it misrepresented the 8 or MARCH, but also
because it described the flea market - including where I was selling
some of those described iMacs - in terms far worse than it should have
All this goes to the point that MARCH, in my opinion, needs to get its
"voice" out there, or the only comments will be from those with no
clue about computer history. MARCH needs to have good descriptions of
the computers they exhibit. Those descriptions must show not just the
"how", but the "who" and "why". Blinkin' lights alone will not tell
the story; and not all computers can play Missle Command. I believe
the story of the RESISTOR's PDP-8 is very compelling, for those
interested in a story.
old "iron" man