There is more
to vintage computing than just software!!
I agree!! Can you describe what is
included in "more"?
I don't have anything like a PDP-11. The oldest machine I have is probably
a BBC Micro and the biggest, noisiest machine I have is an Alphaserver 2100.
(a) Extra noise
I've been known to mess about with trying (not very successfully) to get a
sound card to produce a 400Hz background whirr that comes and goes as I move
around the room. The sound of fans and disks does help create the right mood
as long as it is not loud enough to be irritating.
(b) Extra heat
Not a problem in winter (except for the effect on system reliability). More
of a difficulty in summer.
(c) Total cost is more
Not necessarily. I've paid at most nominal amounts for most if not all of my
older equipment although I have sometimes had to invest a little more for the
parts and peripherals I occasionally need. I am not part of the crowd that
collects old equipment hoping for it to increase in value.
There would be an incremental cost to the world and the environment if I was to
purchase hardware and software from companies producing the latest equipment
and running the latest bugware.
(d) Slower CPU
If it's fast enough, I am not bothered by how much faster it could be.
(e) Slower disk I/O
(f) Slower ethernet
(g) Less disk space
I am fairly disorganised. Less disk space gives me an incentive to keep
things tidy and get rid of clutter.
I am slightly more worried about reliability of old disk hardware. However,
I've managed to keep ahead of the disks that have died on me so far.
(h) Smell, touch and feel of original hardware
I like the touch and feel of the original software as well as the hardware.
If the hardware I want is not available and a good emulator is, I'll use
the emulator to experience the software. I'll still use something pretty old
to run the emulator on though.