MARCH is not retro (I hope)
I know this was discussed briefly a few weeks ago but I just read those
MARCH is vintage, not retro. The New Beetle is retro, the original Beelte is
vintage. Running an old computer game in an emulator on your P4 is retro; the
Atari machine the game was designed for is vintage. Retro is something *new*
that is *pretending* to be old or trying to *look* like something old. The
original artifact is vintage. Vintage and retro are different - they are not
at all interchageable. MARCH is vintage and if MAVCH is unpronouncible, then
the organization needs a new name. Must the name be a procouncable aconym?
ECOC - East Coast Old Computers
VCC - Vintage Computer Club
VCE - Vintage Computer Enthusiasts
NROCC - Nuts Running Old Computers Club
One word that should not be in the name is microcomputer. Is the PDP-8 a
micro? I'd also like to see a name that does not imply a limited geography.
If I set up an IBM 7090 in my basement (ignoring the power implicataions for
a moment) does that qualify for this orgaization?
Ok, guys, flame me if you must, I'm ready.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Jim Scheef <jscheef@y...> wrote:
> I know this was discussed briefly a few weeks ago but I just read thoseBeelte is
> MARCH is vintage, not retro. The New Beetle is retro, the original
> vintage. Running an old computer game in an emulator on your P4 isretro; the
> Atari machine the game was designed for is vintage.But wouldn't the software itself be vintage? In the case of an
emulator, the emulator is just a tool to help preserve and archive any
given platform. Sometimes running the original software on the
original platform is just not possible.
At some point all the old floppies, tapes, etc. will suffer from
extreme datarot, or those old drives will no longer sync properly. At
some point that hardware will no longer run and emulators are useful
tools to preserve history.