1063Re: [midatlanticretro] File - marchfaq.txt
- Aug 2, 2005Could we change "New York" to "Connecticut"? :-)
--- firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> MARCH frequently asked questions
> 1. I'm a nerd and live somewhere between New York and Virginia, yet I
> never heard of you before.
> That's because we are new. We began in early 2005.
> 2. What does MARCH mean?
> We're "Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists" -- an informal club /
> user group for fans of vintage computers. Our online home is
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/midatlanticretro/ -- we chose Yahoo not
> because of its technical superiority (LOL!) but because it is
> accessible to the masses.
> 3. Just how informal?
> Informal enough that we have no officers and charge no dues, but not
> so informal that we lack a mission.
> 4. What is this mission of which you speak?
> Our mission is simply to bring together local collectors, both offline
> and online, for fun and information sharing.
> 5. By 'vintage' do you mean, like, this old junky 486 in my closet?
> No. Someday that might be the case, but for now, no. We mean the old
> and not-so-junky Apple II hidden behind your 486. We also mean your
> Northstar Horizon, DEC PDP-11, Xerox Alto, Commodore Vic-20, and --
> well you get the idea. There used to be "the 10 year rule" saying
> "it's vintage if it's more than 10 years old" but now that could mean
> Windows 95 and Pentiums, and we definitely do NOT mean those.
> Nowadays, "vintage" for computer collectors means (more or less)
> anything from the pre-286 era. Well, a copy of Windows 1.0 is vintage
> software I guess. But in general, if it runs Windows, we're not
> interested. That is NOT a function of being inherently anti-
> Microsoft. It's a function of Windows simply not being obsolete yet.
> We can hope. ;)
> 6. I still don't get it. Where can I learn more about what's vintage?
> Many places. Pick up a copy of the book "Collectible Microcomputers"
> by Michael Nadeau. Or for non-micro aspects, go online. Heck, go
> online anyway. Check out the classiccmp.org mailing lists; the
> Vintage Computer Festival (vintage.org); old-computers.com; and many,
> many, many others.
> 7. Where can I buy/sell/trade old computers?
> If you're in the mid-Atlantic region, than please try the "Virtual
> Swap Meet" table in our Yahoo group database. Otherwise, try Sellam
> Ismail's site ( http://vintagecomputermarketplace.org ) or Erik Klein's
> ( http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum ) or as a last resort, eBay.
> 8. Okay, let's say I am interested in joining MARCH. How?
> Just post a friendly message to our boards introducing yourself.
> Include your name, where you're from in the region, and what you
> collect. Presto! You're joined.
> 9. That's cool. So what do you geeks actually DO here?
> We're currently figuring that out. Our first offline event was a
> vintage computers exhibit at the 30th Trenton Computer Festival.
> 10. What is the Trenton Computer Festival?
> A 30-year-old show open to the public. It is held at The College of
> New Jersey, formerly known as Trenton State College, in Ewing, NJ.
> This year it was on April 16-17. Please see tcf-nj.org for more
> 11. Who's me?
> Sorry. I'm Evan Koblentz. A fellow big nerd. I'm in central NJ.
> You can reach me at evan947@....
> 12. Okay, ummm, so what else will MARCH do?
> We have a few ideas. We will probably have multiple swap meets. We
> may be hosting future, regional iterations of the already famous
> Vintage Computer Festival. We might even run our own museum, in
> conjunction with the NJ Antique Radio Club -- see infoage.org.
> 14. MARCH is primarily a Jersey thing?
> No. It's just a coincidence. We have members all around, from
> upstate New York to central Pennsylvania to Virginia. We will plan
> our future events all over the area.
> 15. I have some other question not on this FAQ.
> Okay. Tell us what it is. Do so again by posting to our message
> boards or pinging me offline.
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