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    I regret parting with loads of things. Until recent years my collection was a lot more fluid with things coming and going (probably because until recent years vintage computing was a somewhat cheaper activity than it is now with things much more plentiful than they are now). 3 regrets particularly stick out for me though:

    1) The single biggest regret is losing my Commodore 128D. I only paid 10 for it in 2006 and it worked perfectly. And by losing I mean literally losing it, I have no idea where, when or why I got rid of it and I assumed I still had it until I went looking for it in 2014 and it was nowhere to be found. One sold for 365 on ebay a couple of weeks ago and now I've started to flesh out my Commodore collection if I still had it it would have been a perfect rare addition to the collection (even the 8-bit guy doesn't have one). Absolutely gutted.

    2) A close second is the final clearout I had in 2013 before I realised how collectable some of the stuff I had was and realised how attached to it I was. In that I threw away an IBM PS/2 model 50, an RM Nimbus PC-386/20 (the only one I've ever seen in my life) and an Amstrad PC2086S with 30MB hard card fitted. On that day of madness, I was going through a stack of PC systems and keeping the ones which still booted off the hard drives, and chucking those that didn't, without much attempt at anything to try and diagnose their faults and/or considering keeping them anyway for the sake of having them and/or parts. Utter madness.

    3). A standard 16 Mhz RM Nimbus PC-386 and a PC-286 did survive the above clearout but when being a bit short of money in January 2014 I stuck the 386 on ebay, reasoning that I didn't really do any 386-ish stuff on it anyway and I would still have the PC-286 which was basically exactly the same machine but with a 286 CPU. It was distinctive as it had an unusual permanently attached power cable when they are supposed to be detachable (it was probably retrofitted with a PC-186 power supply which I think did have attached cables). I'm almost certain that the exact same machine has changed hands 2 or 3 times since on ebay for a lot more than I got for it. Luckily still have the PC-286 (although at one time I had 2 of them, but the second one went a long time ago) and that thing will go to the grave with me!

    An honourable mention probably should go to my Toshiba T3200SX (in original carry case, in perfect working order). I Bought it at a car boot sale for 5 in 2001, sold it at another one for 10 in 2004. Thought it was a shrewd move at the time, doubling my money and all. What an idiot I was!

    Beyond specific systems, I do regret parting with all the more mundane peripherals which I used to have a plethora of but don't any more. Things like basic 14" VGA CRT monitors which are perfect for 286/386 machines with standard VGA graphics. In contrast now most of the VGA-capable CRT's that are sold in working order and for a reasonable price are much newer 17" 1024x768 models which are completely OTT for an old 386 and don't look right with them (although still more in keeping than an LCD I suppose). That and 102 key keyboards without windows keys which are perfect fits for pre-Pentium machines. Heck I even used to have 3 or 4 model M's, only 1 left now.
    Last edited by cwathen; February 6th, 2018 at 11:24 AM.

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    I once had a NEC RISCstation 2250 and a AlphaStation 600 5/333 that I picked up for really really cheap. I ended up giving them both to a friend because I was too lazy to bring them with me when I moved to a new state. Been kicking myself in the ass ever since

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    I binned an IBM 5161 in the late 90's. Talk about regret. Is it a stupid and useless hobby? Perhaps, but don't many hobbies match that description? If you enjoy it, and you are not hurting anyone, then why not. If the wife complains, remind her you could have been into old cars.

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    My PS/2 p70. got it for $40 in 2008, and now i seldom see them for less than $200. It was one of my first retro systems, too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FluffyBunnyFeet View Post
    I once had a NEC RISCstation 2250 and a AlphaStation 600 5/333 that I picked up for really really cheap. I ended up giving them both to a friend because I was too lazy to bring them with me when I moved to a new state. Been kicking myself in the ass ever since
    I will cry with you over both of those... I had an AlphaServer DS10 that I lost with my house... ran the Windows 2000 RC on that before they yanked the Alpha bits...
    Daniel P. Cayea - The Lyon Mountain Company - Plattsburgh, New York 12901
    Vintage Equipment: IBM 5150 * IBM 5161
    Modern Equipment: ThinkPad T61 XP Pro * ASUS X75A 10 Pro

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