Subject: Re: Retrocomputing?
To: James Mitchell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Brian Hechinger <email@example.com>
Date: 06/17/1997 22:53:56
James Mitchell drunkenly mumbled...
> I think frugality is a good term for it. In my mind retrocomputing refers
> to software and hardware that is far enough out of date that the primary
> value of using it is the experience, rather than achieving a practical
> goal like serving users. Running a 386-40 is frugal, running a
i agree totally here. although frugal might not be the correct word, and also
keep in mind that what you consider frugal i would consider retro. :)
> Microvax II is, at least if recieved in the condition I received the one I
> played with, very much retro. Even a Mac+, an ancient sun 2 ('tho I
i think that the MicrovaxII falls in that frugal/retro catigory. i don't
think i'd call my Sun 2/120 frugal, definitely retro.
> haven't even seen one to judge) or an 8086 is simply frugality. Running a
> Lisa/Mac XL (which is very similar to the Mac+ ) is retro. Most anything
> not ~100% PC compatible before 1985-6 is retro. Even the NeXTs have a
> certain retro appeal to me.
so i guess my PDP-8 (1965, not PC) would be way retro then. :)
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