Hello from new member
- Hi Group:
I recently found out about this group from another member (thanks, Matt) and thought it
would be interesting to join and see what's happening in 1802 land these days.
My main interest is in the RCA VIP, Back in the late 70's I subscribed to VIPER, a newsletter
dedicated to the VIP. After it ceased publication following a 2 year run, I managed to form
a non-profit club to continue publishing the newsletter. I got a lot of help from Tom
Swan and Terry Landerau from VIPER, including quite a few unpublished articles. Those
articles became the stock of material for the new VIPER, along with new submissions. Of
course, once RCA decided to cease production of the VIP and decided the VIP-II was not
coming to market, the fate of the VIP was sealed. The group (VIPHCA) carried on for a
while, but eventually it disbanded, since so many members had found new interests.
Now, in a look back at computer history, some people are interested in these early
machines and enjoy using them. No flashy features in these antiques, but just like people
restore old cars, it's a lot of fun to use them and enjoy the ability to understand both the
hardware and the software of these "primitive" machines.
I have several VIP machines, and at least one of them is still functional. The others may be
as well; I just haven't checked them as yet. As Matt Mikolay has already mentioned to this
group, there is a new group for the RCA VIP (rcacosmac) and if there are members here
who were a part of VIPHCA or the old VIPER and feel the urge to revisit those days, go
check out the group, and hopefully, join in.
73 de Ray