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January 5th, 2004, 07:28 AM
For those interested in these sorts of things:

The Classic Tech E-Letter has been revamped under the auspices of a new editorial staff and will now be a weekly email newsletter. I will be contributing to the newsletter with occasional content and bi-weekly references to items listed in our for-sale and wanted areas.

The first issue under the new management was mailed last night and is reproduced below. I encourage anyone interested in seeing more to head over to the website and sign up.



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>>>> Vol. 3, Issue 1: Jan. 5, 2004 ...


To kick off the first issue of Computer Collector, I'd like to introduce the 435 of you (and growing!) to some friends.

If you think about it, computer collecting is just the newest fad in a long history of overall science and technology collecting. People collect technology related to agriculture, calculators, and electronics. They collect things in areas such as high-tech entertainment, gaming, and industry. Then there are segments like mathematics, medicine, and transportation. The list goes on.

Recently the Hummer truck company featured the classic video game Asteroids in a television commercial. You can see the commercial at http://www.hummer.com -- we can't link to it directly because it's all done in Flash. Meanwhile many non-profit and university groups recently celebrated the Wright brother's first flight (http://www.firstflightcentennial.org), which unfortunately ended in a public belly-flop in the mud. Last week NASA (http://www.nasa.gov/home/index.html) went back to Mars, in the everlasting search for extraterrestrial life.

What all of these things have in common is simple: the quest for science that's "old" is growing at a fantastic rate. Somewhere in that growth there must be valuable lessons. And you, as a Computer Collector reader, are part of the scene.

In the coming weeks, this very email will be filled with more vintage computing perspectives than you could ever imagine. Instead of just one writer (me), you'll see news and opinions delivered by well-known hobby leaders. We also plan to bring industry personalities from days past and current. We'll also deliver to you thoughts from leaders in some of the above-mentioned related hobbies.

Rest assured, the basic newsletter will always be free, and we'll never give away your email address. All we ask in return is for a little bit of interaction: whenever possible, please tell a friend to check us out. Let us know directly what you think of Computer Collector. If you've got a story to tell of anything related to vintage computing, don't be shy, tell us! Then we'll share it with everyone. Anything from a cool "find" to a good book review, a funny story to news of someone or something from the past, is most welcome. We're also very interested in hearing about any vintage computing that's still be used in the modern world.

(Something we're not is a forum for obscure tech tips. Jay West's cctalk and cctech mailing lists already do a fine job of that and we won't compete against them. Visit: http://www.classiccmp.org.)

- Evan Koblenz, editor


Technology Review has a new "Innovation Futures" contest. Using fake money, "...top players win great awards. We make a prediction and allow players to buy and sell contracts based on whether they believe the prediction will come true." The prizes include a 50-inch plasma television, a 40GB Apple iPod, several $100 Amazon.com gift certificates, and more important, bragging rights: http://trif.technologyreview.com/bk/index.html.

Special thanks to PaCLEC Corp. for sponsoring our domain name and e-mail hosting. Visit them
at http://www.paclec.com and please mention us.


This week's classifieds are sponsored by the Vintage Computer Forum at http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum.

For sale:
1. Amiga 2000, 40MB hard drive, memory expansion, keyboard, no display, best offer:
2. Amiga 4000/040, two hard drives, Emplant card, keyboard, best offer: http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/viewtopic.php?t=580
3. Macintosh IIsi, 17MB RAM, 250+ MB hard drive, System 7.1: http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/viewtopic.php?t=564

1. Old issues of Computer Shopper magazine: http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/viewtopic.php?t=592
2. IBM PGA card (Professional Graphics Adaptor): http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/viewtopic.php?t=588
3. Early issues of Computer Notes magazine: http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/viewtopic.php?t=51



1. Buy your copy of the book "Collectible Microcomputers" direct from author Michael Nadeau: http://www.classictechpub.com/collectmicros.htm. This amazing book includes more than 700 computers with details and pricing. It's a must-have.

2. Are you interested in the human aspects of computer collecting? If so, we recommend reading "Artifacts: An Archeologist's Year in Silicon Valley" by Christine Finn. Check out the book at: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=2ZAT872YSC&isbn=0262561549&itm=2.

Companies and events:

1. VintageTech provides services such as patent litigation support, prior art research, vintage computer consulting, movie and photography props, media and data conversion, appraisals, and sales brokering. Visit us: http://www.vintagetech.com.

2. The 2nd Vintage Computer Festival East is planned for April 2004, tentatively in Boston, Mass. VCF celebrates the history of computing through lectures and exhibits. Also soon is VCF Europa 5.0, Munich, Germany, May 1-2, 2004. Visit us at: http://www.vintage.org. Please also visit the Vintage Computer Marketplace at: http://marketplace.vintage.org