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  • Evan
    Aug 2, 2005
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      Why?  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.


      From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com [mailto:midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jim Scheef
      Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2005 9:30 AM
      To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [midatlanticretro] File - marchfaq.txt

      Evan,

      Stop thinking regional.

      Jim

      --- Evan <evan947@...> wrote:

      > Will do, sorry.  When I wrote
      that, I was thinking of Connecticut as New
      > England, not
      Mid-Atlantic.
      >
      >   _____ 
      >
      > From:
      midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      >
      [mailto:midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jim Scheef
      > Sent:
      Tuesday, August 02, 2005 8:52 AM
      > To:
      midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] File -
      marchfaq.txt
      >
      >
      > Could we change "New York" to
      "Connecticut"? :-)
      >
      > Jim
      >
      > ---
      midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com 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
      > >
      href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/midatlanticretro/">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
      > > site
      > > (
      href="http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum">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
      > > information.
      > >
      > > 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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