- Apr 8, 2005I too am an alco-- er, whoops I mean computerholic. I've been into
computers and online 20+ years. Anyways, greetings.
I'm likely not to be too active here, as I've got far too many
projects that I'm trying to whittle down. I read on the web, too.
That being said, that also means I've got far too much junk that I no
longer want, or am trying to find good homes for to make available/of
use to the public.
As far as vintage goes, my primary interests are in the Apple II
family and Amigas. At this point however, I have little to no time
(or space) to put these things to use or even up on a pedestal; my
thousands of Apple and Amiga disks are probably suffering from data
In addition to that I made a listing online of a bunch of computer
magazines (and newsletters) I have as the "computer magazine archive"
(list is TOTALLY not complete!) this listing has gotten me some
attention. Someday I would like to find a home for these magazines
and make them publically available for use/reference, etc. as well as
put them into a situation where the collection can grow. It's actually
a small collection in comparison to what it could be, but I have just
not been able to actively pursue it as much as I would like. In all
the collections I see, it does seem that information/media does get
neglected over the interest in hardware.
About me/my projects - I run a non-profit arts & environmental charity
known as the please take materials exchange http://www.pleasetake.org/
in addition I co-moderate Philly Freecycle
http://www.phillyfreecycle.org/ those not familiar with freecycle
should definitely check out the main site at http://www.freecycle.org/
to find your local group, it would be a great place to find vintage
How my projects relate to MARCH: (as I said above, freecyle=great
place to find vintage stuff) also, in my materials exchange (we are
unfortunately looking for a new home/warehouse space to run it out of)
I would be able to divert vintage equipment to those who want it. I
also interact with other reuse and recycling organizations, especially
computer based ones, which might occassionally come across and have
surplus desireable vintage equipment. [Previously at our old
location, we had a PET, I wish I had taken it. :( ]
In addition, we would have lots of cool stuff that would be great for
robotics hobbiests. I also want to eventually make space to encourage
meetings, demonstrations, competitions. [The goal of the PTME was
actually a large regional arts/reuse center with workshops, etc.] I
have a real weak spot for DIY'ers, projects which re-use technology in
different ways, break boundaries, and build communities.
Excess vintage I have: (while I am willing to give away for free a lot
of stuff, I could really benefit from fair $ or useful trades of
misc., as honestly I live on little to nothing with the nonprofit and
no model numbers right now, as it's all scattered different places:
Zenith 8088 Laptop in carrying case
compaq or other brand large luggable
miscellaneous cards, mobos, etc. -- probably not 'vintage' but I
do know I have two or three tandy cards in there.
SWEET Atari stuff 1200XL era I believe some NEW or like-new in box.
(printer, drive, system)
an old generic vic20 game new in box (with shrinkwrap even!)
lots more where that came from
oh oh yes.. and then I have two systems... I think are probably pretty
rare -- either 286 or 386 era that have what I call them -- pin simms
these are spaces for simm memory except they don't have a card-like
interface but rather have a pin-like interface to the mobo similar to
regular old IC chips except only along the one edge of the card. I
*really* want to find out more info about this, as well as find
someone who would really appreciate these!!
I might have two passive backplane 8088 era systems if I didn't toss
them out of frustration. (I know i took them apart and put the cards
into the bin/box of cards.)
Lots of 5 1/4" disks from an early 8088/286 era system (unisys?) if
someone doesn't claim them they will be given away to be sliced open
to be used as cd holders! rescue their impending missing data and
Far too many cables and miscellaneous junk to count.
Oh, and get this... STRINGY floppies!! I have about 10-17 of these old
things, I rescued them from an obsessive collecting doctor's house. No
some old bernoulli removable media (and a drive, somewhere.)
Trades: I am primarily interested in things which could actually be
*useful* for me today as I tend to not use anything old due to lack of
time. Ahhh I sooo need a wearable. ;) Okay, okay, I know that's not
happening. Barters of services (help fixing up my house?), grant
writers for my nonprofit, real estate for the charity (PTME) it's all
good. :D okay, I'm being silly now, can you tell? (it's 4am, forgive me.)
Things I would like to see: *MORE* information in the virtual swap
meet database -- you can have, what? up to ten columns in the table,
use em! Where are people located? Does anybody use their vintage
stuff for development/testing? (I have a real weak spot for
developers, testers, and compilers, say, of NetBSD, other BSDs, Linux,
other open source projects, people building resources like the win/lin
modems page, etc. etc.) Did any of you actually program old software
that was commercially distributed on these platforms? Etc. etc. etc.
I heard about you guys in a recent posting, I think, to the PLUG
(philly linux) list about the TCF fair. I am 99% probably not going
to make TCF as I have an earth day related event on the 17th to tend
to. Damn, and I soooo wanted to somehow aquire a copy of collectible
If you want to reach me, my best email adress is msimons@
slackware.com as I don't read my yahoo account often.
See my nonupdated webpage at http://www.michaelsimons.com/ things
there on Toasternets, Nexus, etc. etc. etc.
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