Max Eskin wrote:
On Wed, 30 Jun 1999, Kai Kaltenbach wrote:
The phrase "prices...out of reach of people
who can handle these machines"
sounds like you don't consider anyone with money to be technically
competent. I'm sure that's not what you meant... right?
The people who can pay these prices will now be able to get these
computers whether they are competent or not. Most of the people on this
list, however, will no longer be able to get these machines. That is why
the people on this list are becoming upset. A shorter way of putting it is
that the machine will be sold to the highest bidder, not to the person who
can preserve the machine best.
A rather biased and/or elitist way of looking at things. First, if someone
pays a small fortune for a machine (you define "small fortune"), it is VERY
unlikely they will not preserve it. Additionally, they will most likely be
able to afford to have someone who knows what they are doing go through the
machine. Second, if someone is *really* interested in lets say an Altair, it
is not difficult to build one especially since the schematics are readily
available. Granted, the minis would be more difficult to build, but most of
these prices we are seeing are for microcomuters.
Another thing that hasn't been brought up in this discussion yet is the
minor detail of museums. With the appropriate safeguards, people give and
loan collections to museums for display. Granted that is not the same as
using it, but people can still see them (Moffett Field for instance.)