1068RE: [midatlanticretro] File - marchfaq.txt
- Aug 2, 2005Why? It's who we are.Anyone's welcome here, of course, but if people start arriving from too far north, west, or south, they'll be gently nudged to classiccmp or other regional groups.Evan,
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Jim Scheef
Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2005 9:30 AM
Subject: RE: [midatlanticretro] File - marchfaq.txt
Stop thinking regional.
--- Evan <evan947@...> wrote:
> Will do, sorry. When I wrotethat, I was thinking of Connecticut as New
> England, notMid-Atlantic.
>[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Jim Scheef
> Sent:Tuesday, August 02, 2005 8:52 AM
> Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] File -marchfaq.txt
> Could we change "New York" to
>MARCH frequently asked questions
> >live somewhere between New York and Virginia, yet I
> > 1. I'm a nerd and
> > never heard ofyou before.
> >in early 2005.
> > That's because we are new. We began
> > 2. What does MARCH mean?
> > We're "Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists" -- an informal club
> > because of its technical superiority (LOL!)but because it is
> > accessible to the masses.have no officers and charge no dues, but not
> > 3. Just how informal?
> > Informal enough that we
> > so informal that welack a mission.
> > 4. What is this mission of which you
> >collectors, both offline
> > Our mission is simply to bring together local
> > and online, for fun and informationsharing.
> >junky 486 in my closet?
> > 5. By 'vintage' do you mean, like, this old
> >be the case, but for now, no. We mean the old
> > No. Someday that might
> > andnot-so-junky Apple II hidden behind your 486. We also mean your
> > Northstar Horizon, DEC PDP-11, Xerox Alto, Commodore Vic-20, and --saying
> > well you get the idea. There used to be "the 10 year rule"
> > "it's vintage if it's more than 10 years old" but now thatcould mean
> > Windows 95 and Pentiums, and we definitely do NOT meanthose.
> > Nowadays, "vintage" for computer collectors means(more or less)
> > anything from the pre-286 era. Well, a copyof Windows 1.0 is vintage
> > software I guess. But in general,if it runs Windows, we're not
> > interested. That is NOT afunction of being inherently anti-
> > Microsoft. It's a functionof Windows simply not being obsolete yet.
> > We can hope.;)
> >more about what's vintage?
> > 6. I still don't get it. Where can I learn
> >a copy of the book "Collectible Microcomputers"
> > Many places. Pick up
> > by MichaelNadeau. 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,buy/sell/trade old computers?
> > many, many others.
> > 7. Where can I
> >mid-Atlantic region, than please try the "Virtual
> > If you're in the
> > Swap Meet" tablein our Yahoo group database. Otherwise, try Sellam
> > Ismail'ssite ( http://vintagecomputermarketplace.org ) or Erik Klein's
> >interested in joining MARCH. How?
> > 8. Okay, let's say I am
> >friendly message to our boards introducing yourself.
> > Just post a
> > Includeyour name, where you're from in the region, and what you
> >collect. Presto! You're joined.
> >cool. So what do you geeks actually DO here?
> > 9. That's
> >We're currently figuring that out. Our first offline event was a
> > vintage computers exhibit at the 30th Trenton Computer Festival.College of
> > 10. What is the Trenton Computer Festival?
> > A 30-year-old show open to the public. It is held at The
> > New Jersey, formerly known as Trenton State College, inEwing, NJ.
> > This year it was on April 16-17. Please seetcf-nj.org for more
> > information.Who's me?
> > 11.
> >fellow big nerd. I'm in central NJ.
> > Sorry. I'm Evan Koblentz. A
> > You can reach meat evan947@....
> >else will MARCH do?
> > 12. Okay, ummm, so what
> >will probably have multiple swap meets. We
> > We have a few ideas. We
> > may be hostingfuture, regional iterations of the already famous
> > Vintage ComputerFestival. We might even run our own museum, in
> > conjunctionwith the NJ Antique Radio Club -- see infoage.org.
> >14. MARCH is primarily a Jersey thing?
> >just a coincidence. We have members all around, from
> > No. It's
> > upstateNew York to central Pennsylvania to Virginia. We will plan
> >our future events all over the area.
> >other question not on this FAQ.
> > 15. I have some
> >what it is. Do so again by posting to our message
> > Okay. Tell us
> > boards orpinging me offline.
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