- Hi Randy,
You definitely have a nice collection! I'm looking forward to hearing lots about your computers! I like how you made a list of your computers, I think I need to do the same... someday.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Branedy <branedy@...> wrote:
> Sorry, I've been lurking here for a week or so, having just completed building one of Lee Hart's Membership Cards.
> I am a 30+ years veteran of 'working with computers' (as IT hardly covers it). I have a modest collection of old computers and I original built my first 'computer' out of a popular electronics Analog kit. which at the time I didn't understand. I have two applications in the DECUS program library, the first in 1984.
> Some of my toys are listed here;
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I've been lurking on this list for a while so I thought that it was
time I introduce myself.
I've been using computers for probably 40 years now. I remember as a
child going to Univ. of Massachusetts to use what I called "Turtle
Graphics" to draw pictures with both a plotter and a robot turtle
holding a pen, which I later realized was Logo. As a teenager I lived
in Vermont for several years and hung out at the local computer store,
as much as the owner would let me, using computers from companies such
as Polymorphic Systems, TDL, Cromenco, Altair, and Apple. I still
remember seeing Kaleidoscope on the Cromemco Dazzler for the first
time there. I first wanted to buy a Polymorphic Poly-88 but couldn't
afford it, later it was a Exidy Sorcerer, and finally an Apple IIe.
It wasn't until college that I was able to buy my own Macintosh 128k,
which I still have. I have also built a Cosmac Elf and a Quest Super
Elf from kits, and more recently an Elf 2000 and Membership Card Elf.
I have built several other computer kits and Mike Willegal's Mimeo is
next on my todo list.
Since college I have worked on, to some degree or another, a Univac
1100/60, several DEC Vaxen, IBM 1130, 5100, 4341, 9370, AS/400 and
RS/6000, and many PCs and Macs running running DOS, Windows, Mac OS,
and Linux. My vintage computer collection is small, limited by my
one-bedroom condo and a storage unit, but I do have several Macs, PCs,
an Apple II, and a Timex Sinclair 2068, as well as the Elf kits I have
built. I also have several 3Com Audreys, but I don't think they
qualify as vintage (yet).
I live in Natick, Mass, about 20 miles west of Boston. If I lived
closer, I'd probably be attending more MARCH events and helping out at
the museum, but the 10 hour round trip drive is a bit much.
I was at VCF 8 two years ago, and I will be at VCF 9.1 this Friday to
Sunday. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone, taking the classes,
and seeing the exhibits.
> I've been lurking on this list for a while so I thought that it wasJohn: Nice to meet you (if we didn't meet at 8.0). That is a darn good
> time I introduce myself. .....>
> I was at VCF 8 two years ago, and I will be at VCF 9.1 this Friday to
> Sunday. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone, taking the classes,
> and seeing the exhibits.
> --Jon Carpenter
introduction! Looking forward to meeting in person this weekend.
- Evan K.