PDA

View Full Version : WHAT DOES YOUR WIFE THINK....



Computer Collector
April 24th, 2005, 08:00 PM
ABOUT YOUR CLASSIC COMPUTER COLLECTION?


Mine is pretty cool about it because she knows its a hobby that brings me joy. Shes just starting to get a little upset about all the "junk" Im bringing home. For example ,the other night I picked up a free Tandy 1000 and I dont even have room to hook it up anywhere :D

Sinisterdragon
April 24th, 2005, 09:01 PM
My wife just rolls her eyes when I bring my latest toy home... she so does just not get it......

Mad-Mike
April 24th, 2005, 09:05 PM
I don't have a wife sooo.......

My Ex-Girlfriend just wanted to keep the "cute" Compaq CDS 520 around because she could call it the "Giant Laptop" :roll: , she made me get about 30-60% of the computer stuff out of MY room, and she was not even my wife yet.

My whole thought on the situation is it's better to find someone who enjoys or at least can put up with your hobbies, rather than try and put up with a woman who inhibits your desires. I don't know about you, but I usually put the computers first because they've been there for me much more than any sorry girlfriend down here I've had. But then maybe someday a chick could convince me otherwise, but it would take a heaping LOT! Sure they can't breathe, talk, or "sleep with" me, but at least they don't attempt to manipulate or FORCE me to buy them something.

Amazingly my mom is cool with it, that is, until the reality sets in that she has a shed with more computer parts than lawn and garden tools. I've got a bin full of broken stuff to throw away (I'm talking about stuff that is BEYOND repair). Meanwhile, I have about 8-10 monitors of Monochome, VGA, and one EGA, plus a macintosh or a few.

CP/M User
April 25th, 2005, 02:43 AM
No wife, No Girlfriend, No worries!

I've got a few computers, but I've stopped it somewhat, utilizing what I've got, so the family are happier! :-))

Why's your Girlfriend controlling your life? Now I see where the Ex came from! ;-)

If the Rest of the World is just like Australia, in terms of Small Properties at High Prices, then I can understand why Computers are an Issue.

Cheers,
CP/M User.

Erik
April 25th, 2005, 06:19 AM
My wife is actually pretty damn supportive considering. She's a bit upset when I go spend significant money on a machine (like when I bought my Altair's) but generally she's only concerned about the space.

Erik

mryon
April 25th, 2005, 07:44 AM
well, space is an issue around here. ;)

Mad-Mike
April 25th, 2005, 04:21 PM
[quote="CP/M User"]
Why's your Girlfriend controlling your life? Now I see where the Ex came from! ;-)quote]

She tried to control me, but failed miserably, she failed to realize I'm not like the usual desparate dolts she usually dates. Hence why she's my ex.

patscc
April 25th, 2005, 06:06 PM
Well, mine likes the HP15C, and what it goes for.
She likes the NeXT cube, with original docs, laser printer( and why did they ever decide to make it 400 DPI, anyway ?), the external CDROM, the internal magneto-optical drive. She mainly likes it because I might actually get something for it if I sold it. Funny, because she's not normally like that.

She's cool enough about it to offer me that when we've moved up to Wisconsin, I can put up a large shed on the property to house my Junk and I.

Of course, secretly, she's impressed by all the Junk I have. 6 years ago, her best friend's answering machine's wallwart fried, and of course I had one.
Then, since I've known her, she's gone through 2 CDROM drives on her Dell Inspiron. But somehow, I always seem to have a spare laying around.
I'm the only one in the family that can get "Dad" (father-in-law) gifts, since I'm the only geek( aside from him, but he doesn't collect)

So, it's with this kind of stuff that I manage to jolly the family along, they figure, as long as I can pull something usefull out of it once in a while, it can be tolerated.

Years ago, I used to repair TV's and stuff out in Monterey, and when I met my wife, at some point I mentioned how once in a while you'd get a VCR or something with a bunch of roaches in it. So, of course that stuck, and nowadays that's really her main concern, that there's a 'secret' roach in a given piece of junk somewhere.

For some reason, she likes to see things coming and (probably prefers) going. I've noticed as long as I pull in some sad PC left behind at the curb or landfill, put Windows on it, and give it away to someone, I've got a lot more slack. Go figure. She's no dummy, either, she's got a Ph.D and does GIS and stuff, just not as, well, whatever I am.

Oh, Mad-Mike, I'll be more than happy to take your "beyond-repair" stuff off your hands, PM me if you want, I can always use it for "See, see what I'm getting rid of ?..."

patscc

Terry Yager
April 25th, 2005, 08:00 PM
My ex-wife never did get used to it, and I'm sure she enjoyed immensly (finally) throwing a lot of my collection into the dumpster. My current g/f is a little more tolerant. She doesn't seem to mind it much, as long as I can manage to keep most of it out of sight. (She just can't understand why anyone would need eight computers within arm's reach at any given moment). Actually, she's the gadget freak of the family. I think she has one of everything Ron Popiel ever invented (except for a Pocket Fisherman, the only useful thing he ever sold).

--T

CP/M User
April 26th, 2005, 01:47 PM
"Mad-Mike" wrote:

>> Why's your Girlfriend controlling your life? Now I see where the Ex
>> came from! ;-)

> She tried to control me, but failed miserably, she failed to realize I'm
> not like the usual desparate dolts she usually dates. Hence why she's
> my ex.

Sounds like she's some sort of Boss!

Cheers,
CP/M User.

Rick Ethridge
April 26th, 2005, 03:48 PM
My wife and I have an agreement. I don't "monkey" with her stuff and she don't "monkey" with mine! She only tolerates them but notices extreme anxiety when she criticizes my hobby. Yeah, she has her own computer which gathers dust from disuse. Like most women she only knows enough to push the power button.

RLE

Mad-Mike
April 26th, 2005, 05:18 PM
"Mad-Mike" wrote:

>> Why's your Girlfriend controlling your life? Now I see where the Ex
>> came from! ;-)

> She tried to control me, but failed miserably, she failed to realize I'm
> not like the usual desparate dolts she usually dates. Hence why she's
> my ex.

Sounds like she's some sort of Boss!

Cheers,
CP/M User.

You hit the nail on the head, unfortunatley, that's a big problem with too many women these days.

shirkahn
April 26th, 2005, 11:58 PM
For the 6 years Holly and I have been together she's generally tolerated my collection. Here in the new house everything with the exception of her machine is confined to one room. The room tends to wierd her friends and family out though- they stick their heads in and see the twinkling of the lights on the switch/router/hub and the hum of the fan's and get a little nervous. I'm currently having to try to convince her grandmother that our child-to-be is in no danger from the "radio-active magnet waves" that she's heard come from computers. Then again, she's trying to get Holly to get rid of my cat because it will steal the baby's breath (yes- this woman actually believes this)
With baby-on-the-way I've agreed to become more selective about my aquisitions and even start to consolidate/liquidate some of the inventory. She has however finally accepted the fact that B.O.B (the Vaxstation) will go when he is pried from my cold dead hands regardless of the fact that when I fire it up- the Sun dims.

-Kahn

Allison
April 27th, 2005, 12:29 PM
ABOUT YOUR CLASSIC COMPUTER COLLECTION?



I am da wife! If my other half doesn't like the collection we can compromize,
I'm the one that doesn't leave. ;)

Seriously, It's a hobby. So there are constraints like I don't let it overrun the house. The other rule is "Nothing that makes the lights in the neighborhood dim!". When I can't access it to play with it it's likely burried too deep to be fun. Hence my preference for certain typce and classes of hardware. Since I decided early on that a single room was my electronics lab and office it's also the computer room. I do keep "inactive" storage in the attached garage but it's limited.

On rare occasions I will stage or otherwise use the living room when dealing with large objects prior to moving them else where.

On the other hand If I had an "other" toss my stuff in a dumpster you can bet theirs would be under it as a reminder of things to not ever do. ;)

Allison

Terry Yager
April 27th, 2005, 02:05 PM
Well, technically, when my ex threw out all my stuff, it was no longer my stuff anyways. The divorce decree granted her anything in the house that I'd left behind, so it was hers to dispose of, if she wished. It's really my fault, for leaving it all in "her" basement for over a year (I just had no place else to put it).

--T

machine
May 11th, 2005, 09:06 PM
What wife ?

Ooooh that wife. I traded her for a Tandy Model 1 with software and 2 drives and a Centronics printer.

She wants to come back, but I've told her: "There's just no room sweety, what with all the computers and everything".

Computer Collector
July 27th, 2005, 06:29 PM
I dont think she ill like it when I get one of those old 60s computers that fillls the whole room!

WishboneDawn
August 1st, 2005, 12:36 PM
I'm the wife as well.

My husband has given up on any idea of reclaiming the kitchen table for meals and though he shakes his head everytime I bring something home he doesn't mind to much. It's a pretty cheap hobby so far.

As long as we try for compromises (I keep my stuff organized and not let it take over the kitchen too much, don't dump too much money on it) we're good. He does think it a partly practical hobby as I've gained enough computer skills to take over upgrading and fixing the PC. If fact, I know much more than him know but he will not admit that and I won't bring it up. :)

WishboneDawn
August 1st, 2005, 12:39 PM
"Mad-Mike" wrote:

>> Why's your Girlfriend controlling your life? Now I see where the Ex
>> came from! ;-)

> She tried to control me, but failed miserably, she failed to realize I'm
> not like the usual desparate dolts she usually dates. Hence why she's
> my ex.

Sounds like she's some sort of Boss!

Cheers,
CP/M User.

You hit the nail on the head, unfortunatley, that's a big problem with too many women these days.

And a whole s**tload of men as well. :wink:

vic user
August 2nd, 2005, 03:36 AM
woohoo!

another canuck!

chris

CP/M User
August 2nd, 2005, 04:06 AM
"vic user" wrote:

> woohoo!

> another canuck!

With some mouth.

But generally you can tell who's suited to one another & those that you steer well clear of, unfortunately there's the occasional conflict.

CP/M User.

WishboneDawn
August 2nd, 2005, 07:21 AM
"vic user" wrote:

> woohoo!

> another canuck!

With some mouth.

But generally you can tell who's suited to one another & those that you steer well clear of, unfortunately there's the occasional conflict.

CP/M User.

Hey, I used asterisks'.

My only point being it is a problem with people, not a specific gender.

mryon
August 2nd, 2005, 07:37 AM
Oh yeah, almost always when someone says "men this" or "women that" it really just applies to people. sigh.

but anyway, woohoo! Nova Scotia, I used to love hanging out on Cape Breton Island waiting for the ferry to Newfoundland. ;)


-m





Hey, I used asterisks'.

My only point being it is a problem with people, not a specific gender.

Lisa
August 3rd, 2005, 04:51 PM
My honey is more enthusiastic about this project then I.

CP/M User
August 3rd, 2005, 11:47 PM
"WishboneDawn" wrote:

>>> woohoo!

>>> another canuck!

>> With some mouth.

>> But generally you can tell who's suited to one another & those that you
>> steer well clear of, unfortunately there's the occasional conflict.

> Hey, I used asterisks'.

Yeah, but we still know what you mean't! ;-)

> My only point being it is a problem with people, not a specific gender.

Yes. It's a narrow mindness thing if you please - which can be tied in to almost anything if you like - but like all things there's only so much people can know.
The Environment is a classic example, the more you look the more you find, we know bush helps the planet (but bush also helps our animal friends of all types - by being there), even though to understand a natural process could well be beyond anyone's comperehension - in Computer terms it's like a computer program which maybe one command or variable short of being complete - but to find it maybe rather complicated or tricky to find. It just goes to prove that nobody's perfect!

CP/M User.

Kaptain Skitzo
August 4th, 2005, 11:26 AM
My fiance' doesn't mind it, in fact, she helps me locate stuff on occasion. The only part about it she really doesn't like, is the clutter that happens. She actually thinks it's cool to be with a "computer dork"....she never has to worry about costly repairs. :roll:
I asked her about her Ex husband yesterday while I was tearing apart her newest computer....if she would let him do what I was doing(had to pull out the CD-ROM drive and fix it). She told me she'd have shot him if he'd gone near the computer with a screwdriver.
She just looks at me and says "Grab your tools and fix this piece of ****, before I ****ing shoot it!"
:shock:

Terry Yager
August 4th, 2005, 02:20 PM
At least she just makes threats...my g/f has been known to actually throw her laptop across the room (the poor ThinkPad has never been the same...).

--T

Kaptain Skitzo
August 4th, 2005, 05:45 PM
Oh, she's willing to carry out those threats.....I actually had to stop her from shooting the E-Machine box she had.

Terry Yager
August 4th, 2005, 06:17 PM
AFAIK, the only inanimate object I ever actually shot was an old B&W TV set...which only served to frustrate me even more because the bullets just bounced off the screen. (HINT: Never try to penetrate the glass on one of those 1960's TVs with a .22 caliber pistol).

--T

8legs
August 4th, 2005, 09:11 PM
Hey all, I have a couple old time puters here. I have a Comie Vic 20 and 64, a Apple 1, a Trash 80 as well. I am not a collector, these are just computers I had as a kid. That trash 80 was a expensive little bugger.

CP/M User
August 6th, 2005, 04:16 AM
"Terry Yager" wrote:

> AFAIK, the only inanimate object I ever actually shot was an old B&W
> TV set...which only served to frustrate me even more because the
> bullets just bounced off the screen. (HINT: Never try to penetrate the
> glass on one of those 1960's TVs with a .22 caliber pistol).

This isn't a personal attack against B&W I hope (it should be in rants! ;-) but seriously, I love my B&W movies & 'am slightly curious to see some 2-Tone Technicolour silent films which Cecil B. DeMille did (perhaps the original The Ten Commandments from 1923? - but there's another film from this period he did which looked even more colour convincing!) okay it's not true colour, but used to an interesting effect - guess it was something they did in the filming process or a blend of dying they used on the film.

But they just don't make Telly sets like they used to. Apart from that I love my B&W DVDs it brings out the detail in them, well maybe not the DVD - but as opposed to having it in colour in general - more information happening in colour - perhaps too much! Interesting to see there's this new film done in B&W think it's called Sin City - unfortunately it looks to horrific for my taste - going from the B&W preview. Is B&W making a comback in the States?!? Hope so, it's been a long wait since Schindlers List! ;-)

CP/M User.

Terry Yager
August 6th, 2005, 05:44 AM
It wasn't intended as a protest against B&W, but more like a lashing out at the programming available at the time, and against TV in general. I used to really hate TV, a lot more than I do now. Besides, I wanted to see the light show when it blew up...

--T

CP/M User
August 6th, 2005, 02:12 PM
"Terry Yager" wrote:

> It wasn't intended as a protest against B&W, but more like a lashing out
> at the programming available at the time, and against TV in general. I
> used to really hate TV, a lot more than I do now. Besides, I wanted to
> see the light show when it blew up...

Fair enough. I never had the change to grow up in the 1960s, but most some of the shows I've seen from that period I quite liked (can't think of one show from the 1960s which I hated unfortunately). Only thing my Dad told me was when Americans got NTSC colour, the programs looked terrible. I sorta disagree with that - however I believe it was the Colour from the TV sets which make the shows look crap. The shows were converted to PAL for Aussie sets, but shows done in the later half of the 1960s seem to look alright - not as advanced as what colour is now, but still effective. But if was colour you hated you would of been shooting at a colour TV - unless it was an ol' B&W which needed to be updated!

For me, it seems that TV is worse now than what I remember it ever been with Reality crap, sure there's still some good shows but it's always out of time with the reality crap. A reality show to me isn't pleasurable - but for me, telivision is mean't to be - people who watch those shows too much tend to brag about it like it's some visural disease that's gone straight into their brain - cause to me people talk more about the characters who they like & who they don't - then you walk away as if you've seen it all yourself - to me it just seems to stick out more with reality shows.

But what do I know? It's just a bunch of observations, me & my friends used to brag about Star Trek & Dr. Who at school - in general we'd just discuss the best parts & what the overall story was like - one time I recall thinking or saying that I was getting sick of those Klingon episodes of Star Trek. It was pretty good when the whole crew were back on track - they tend to drift away & some characters you'd never see in an episode. This got worse with ST - Voyager, yeah so we basically drift off & tend to analyse the episodes more than watching them! Some of them were Very Good though

Maybe if the laws were different here, I'd get some new telly & some .22 caliber! It's a bit of a brain disease - when you think about it, humans have been on this planet for a long time & telivision has only been around since last century. Excessive use maybe bad for people - the lastest gen may have adapted to it's powerful pictures & radiation, but that doesn't mean the rest of us are!

CP/M User.

Blackcube
August 7th, 2005, 06:46 AM
My current wife (Version 2.0) tolerates my collection pretty well. Version 1.0 gave me all kinds of crap about the few I had then and I'm sure she took great pleasure in selling everything I did not have time to get out of "her" house in the generous 2 hour access period granted by the court. I still miss my DVI for my Model 100.

My wife and I have an agreement: No mainframes or Crays (darn it) and I can pretty well collect what I want. We are in the late planning stages of a new house and she suggested adding an air conditioned third attached garage for storage of my "toys" and extra electrical circuits in the home office so my Octane won't trip the breaker when the laser printer warms up. So I shouldn't have a thing to complain about. She doesn't like clutter so if it's neat, she ignores it all. She is the speed freak of the family and insists on upgrading or replacing her Winblows boxes each year. She actually mentioned checking on pricing for a T1 at the new house last week.

She is not the geek type. She is the toaster type. The computer is an appliance. She doesn't want to know what's in the box, how it works or anything about the hardware. She expects it to work every time and stay out of her way. She is an expert in her field (medical billing systems) and knows more about her vertical market software that I ever wish to know.

Terry Yager
August 7th, 2005, 06:36 PM
Fair enough. I never had the change to grow up in the 1960s, but most some of the shows I've seen from that period I quite liked (can't think of one show from the 1960s which I hated unfortunately).

I take it you've never seen The Brady Bunch...

--T

CP/M User
August 8th, 2005, 01:54 AM
"Terry Yager" wrote:

>> Fair enough. I never had the change to grow up in the 1960s, but most
>> some of the shows I've seen from that period I quite liked (can't think
>> of one show from the 1960s which I hated unfortunately).

> I take it you've never seen -The Brady Bunch-...

Yeah well the commercials are bad enough & that tune which drove you nuts. I thought that was a 70s show (well late 60s I guess it could have been)?

When I think about it, the 70s had some good musicaol groups, but the whole Disco thing sucks - along with ABBA & if there were shows like The Brady Bunch going with it - yuck! There's another 60s show in the mould of The Monkees - I've seen a couple of shows & it's just not funny, pity they didn't spend some time actually performing & having a musical career - well that Mike Nesmith was pretty good after they broke up, but just did 2 albums! The first one's probably the slightly better of the two though - he redid Listen to the Band which was on the second album not a bad redo - the original is one of my favourites Monkees songs (even though they must of just paid someone off to play it well! ;-)

No usually when I think of the 60s, I think of Comedys like Hogans Heros, Gomer Pyle(? That show with Jim Naybours?), Addams Family, Get Smart, Bewitched & Dream of Jeanie. Course I haven't seen much British Comedy from the 60s - apart from early Dad's Army which has always been good (it got better with Age! ;-)

To me all of that stuff is timeless - it's still funny after 40 years in some cases.

I've only seen a little bit of everything else from the 60s apart from Star Trek - some episodes are great, but some were a bit hit or miss afair, I haven't seen much from the last season they did in the 60s though. But I've seen a little bit of The Saint, Mission Impossible, The Man from Uncle - which looked good from what I've seen. Oh & of course the Thunderbirds was going then too - great stuff.

CP/M User.

Lisa
September 1st, 2005, 07:16 PM
My honey's worse then me. I think I'm gonna have to change the ebay password.

Blackcube
September 1st, 2005, 07:23 PM
My honey's worse then me. I think I'm gonna have to change the ebay password.

That didn't work for us....we each have our own accounts. She really can't say a word. You know your SO is a serious ebay buyer when a semi pulls up and drops off 12 pallets in your drive way. All stuff she purchased on ebay.

katey
September 1st, 2005, 08:42 PM
If it's really an apple1 it's worth about 20k

katey


Hey all, I have a couple old time puters here. I have a Comie Vic 20 and 64, a Apple 1, a Trash 80 as well. I am not a collector, these are just computers I had as a kid. That trash 80 was a expensive little bugger.