ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk (Tony Duell) wrote:
I would agree. I haev 3 or 4 pre-1975 Unibus
PDP11s, a PDP8/e, a Philips
P850 and an HP9830 (along with a couple of 9100Bs, a couple of 9810s and
a 9820 if you count those as computers).
I can forsee a world where computers are being saved, but peripherals
and special-purpose machines (calculators, industrial controllers,
sequencers, etc.) are not.
Private collectors fall into the same trap as the institutions
and museums, ending up with lots of CPU's but few of the necessary
This may be true of the minority; I wouldn't know how to quantify
that. I do know that far more of my available cubic yardage is occupied
by storage peripherals and media than by system cabinets.
I also think that "private collectors subscribed to ClassicCmp" are
less likely to fall into that trap than collectors at large. We make
this point well and often.