Announcement

Collapse

Forum Rules and Etiquette

Our mission ...

This forum is part of our mission to promote the preservation of vintage computers through education and outreach. (In real life we also run events and have a museum.) We encourage you to join us, participate, share your knowledge, and enjoy.

This forum has been around in this format for over 15 years. These rules and guidelines help us maintain a healthy and active community, and we moderate the forum to keep things on track. Please familiarize yourself with these rules and guidelines.


Rule 1: Remain civil and respectful

There are several hundred people who actively participate here. People come from all different backgrounds and will have different ways of seeing things. You will not agree with everything you read here. Back-and-forth discussions are fine but do not cross the line into rude or disrespectful behavior.

Conduct yourself as you would at any other place where people come together in person to discuss their hobby. If you wouldn't say something to somebody in person, then you probably should not be writing it here.

This should be obvious but, just in case: profanity, threats, slurs against any group (sexual, racial, gender, etc.) will not be tolerated.


Rule 2: Stay close to the original topic being discussed
  • If you are starting a new thread choose a reasonable sub-forum to start your thread. (If you choose incorrectly don't worry, we can fix that.)
  • If you are responding to a thread, stay on topic - the original poster was trying to achieve something. You can always start a new thread instead of potentially "hijacking" an existing thread.



Rule 3: Contribute something meaningful

To put things in engineering terms, we value a high signal to noise ratio. Coming here should not be a waste of time.
  • This is not a chat room. If you are taking less than 30 seconds to make a post then you are probably doing something wrong. A post should be on topic, clear, and contribute something meaningful to the discussion. If people read your posts and feel that their time as been wasted, they will stop reading your posts. Worse yet, they will stop visiting and we'll lose their experience and contributions.
  • Do not bump threads.
  • Do not "necro-post" unless you are following up to a specific person on a specific thread. And even then, that person may have moved on. Just start a new thread for your related topic.
  • Use the Private Message system for posts that are targeted at a specific person.


Rule 4: "PM Sent!" messages (or, how to use the Private Message system)

This forum has a private message feature that we want people to use for messages that are not of general interest to other members.

In short, if you are going to reply to a thread and that reply is targeted to a specific individual and not of interest to anybody else (either now or in the future) then send a private message instead.

Here are some obvious examples of when you should not reply to a thread and use the PM system instead:
  • "PM Sent!": Do not tell the rest of us that you sent a PM ... the forum software will tell the other person that they have a PM waiting.
  • "How much is shipping to ....": This is a very specific and directed question that is not of interest to anybody else.


Why do we have this policy? Sending a "PM Sent!" type message basically wastes everybody else's time by making them having to scroll past a post in a thread that looks to be updated, when the update is not meaningful. And the person you are sending the PM to will be notified by the forum software that they have a message waiting for them. Look up at the top near the right edge where it says 'Notifications' ... if you have a PM waiting, it will tell you there.

Rule 5: Copyright and other legal issues

We are here to discuss vintage computing, so discussing software, books, and other intellectual property that is on-topic is fine. We don't want people using these forums to discuss or enable copyright violations or other things that are against the law; whether you agree with the law or not is irrelevant. Do not use our resources for something that is legally or morally questionable.

Our discussions here generally fall under "fair use." Telling people how to pirate a software title is an example of something that is not allowable here.


Reporting problematic posts

If you see spam, a wildly off-topic post, or something abusive or illegal please report the thread by clicking on the "Report Post" icon. (It looks like an exclamation point in a triangle and it is available under every post.) This send a notification to all of the moderators, so somebody will see it and deal with it.

If you are unsure you may consider sending a private message to a moderator instead.


New user moderation

New users are directly moderated so that we can weed spammers out early. This means that for your first 10 posts you will have some delay before they are seen. We understand this can be disruptive to the flow of conversation and we try to keep up with our new user moderation duties to avoid undue inconvenience. Please do not make duplicate posts, extra posts to bump your post count, or ask the moderators to expedite this process; 10 moderated posts will go by quickly.

New users also have a smaller personal message inbox limit and are rate limited when sending PMs to other users.


Other suggestions
  • Use Google, books, or other definitive sources. There is a lot of information out there.
  • Don't make people guess at what you are trying to say; we are not mind readers. Be clear and concise.
  • Spelling and grammar are not rated, but they do make a post easier to read.
See more
See less

Greetings from Vermont - Excited to be told of this Forum

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Greetings from Vermont - Excited to be told of this Forum

    Hello All,

    My name is Jim and I found out about this forum from a member names John (forgot his username already) who walked into my shop and said I had to join. I sell computers and parts here in Wlliston, VT and on auction sites. John said you have to join because your stuff is vintage material and VCF is for you. I'm poking around already and boy was he right. So, glad to be part of this and hope to start talking to a lot of you folks soon.

    Jim

    #2
    Welcome. We're here to help.
    Rick Ethridge

    Comment


      #3
      Be careful! That John character is a wiley one. I drove 1000 miles once to meet up with him in a Chicago hotel. True story! He said he was coming back Friday to get some stuff for me.
      It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

      Comment


        #4
        Originally posted by luckybob View Post
        Be careful! That John character is a wiley one. I drove 1000 miles once to meet up with him in a Chicago hotel. True story! He said he was coming back Friday to get some stuff for me.
        Dude, that hotel part doesn't sound right in text if you know what I mean. LOL

        All kidding aside, welcome. Vcfed is a great resource of knowledge sharing and commerce for me. Always great to have new faces to talk to in the hobby.

        As far as what luckybob is talking about you can read about it here:

        https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=62788
        Last edited by liqmat; December 21, 2018, 07:25 AM.

        Comment


          #5
          Welcome aboard!
          Computers: Amiga 1200, DEC VAXStation 4000/60, DEC MicroPDP-11/73
          Synthesizers: Roland JX-10/SH-09/MT-32/D-50, Yamaha DX7-II/V50/TX7/TG33/FB-01, Korg MS-20 Mini/ARP Odyssey/DW-8000/X5DR, Ensoniq SQ-80, E-mu Proteus/2, Moog Satellite, Oberheim SEM
          "'Legacy code' often differs from its suggested alternative by actually working and scaling." - Bjarne Stroustrup

          Comment


            #6
            Thanks. I used to work at DEC in VT. What potential. You now what Ken Olson told us? "The PC is a dying fad" In 1987!

            Comment


              #7
              Welcome aboard!
              Current retro systems:
              386/486DLC, AMS NotePro Plus DSTN
              Packard Bell Pack-Mate 28 Plus
              Toshiba Satellite Pro 410CDT, 2x IBM ThinkPad 380D (both TFT)
              iMac G3/600 Graphite, iMac G4/800 Lampshade
              YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroPCUser

              Comment


                #8
                Originally posted by Ribbon Recyclers View Post
                You now what Ken Olson told us? "The PC is a dying fad" In 1987!
                He wasn't wrong... Enjoy the frustration of the myriad of smart phone and tablet owners.

                Comment


                  #9
                  He was right in another way: no one is expected to keep their own data anymore, and what most people don't even pay attention to is that software is moving off of PC's too. Web apps and the cloud are the future, unfortunately.
                  Be polite and I may let you live.

                  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...5NBVfKX5471R9U

                  Comment


                    #10
                    Originally posted by VERAULT View Post
                    He wasn't wrong... Enjoy the frustration of the myriad of smart phone and tablet owners.
                    Quite the opposite from my perspective. Everyone has a personal computer in their pocket. Yes the desktop as we know it is shrinking in popularity, but given the sheer power of these "phones". It's really a miracle of science.

                    My note 9 has Base 512gb of storage, with swappable cards up to 512gb each. (using a 256 now) a simple usb3 hub and I can turn this beast into a desktop. Laptops are glorified folding tablets now.

                    The inevitable march of progress is both a blessing and a curse.
                    It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

                    Comment


                      #11
                      My S7 Edge has 32GB internal storage and 64GB MicroSDXC.
                      Current retro systems:
                      386/486DLC, AMS NotePro Plus DSTN
                      Packard Bell Pack-Mate 28 Plus
                      Toshiba Satellite Pro 410CDT, 2x IBM ThinkPad 380D (both TFT)
                      iMac G3/600 Graphite, iMac G4/800 Lampshade
                      YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroPCUser

                      Comment


                        #12
                        I miss my S7. Loved the infrared sender in the thing. Loved going to bars/restraints and changing the channel to what I wanted to watch. (i was never a dick about it)

                        Next year I'm looking to get the note 10 if it has 5G. They've been busy building 5g 'towers' in my neighborhood.
                        It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

                        Comment


                          #13
                          Originally posted by luckybob View Post
                          Laptops are glorified folding tablets now.
                          ...complete with godawful chiclet keyboards and trackpads that manage to get more incomprehensible and less useful with every subsequent "innovation...!"
                          Computers: Amiga 1200, DEC VAXStation 4000/60, DEC MicroPDP-11/73
                          Synthesizers: Roland JX-10/SH-09/MT-32/D-50, Yamaha DX7-II/V50/TX7/TG33/FB-01, Korg MS-20 Mini/ARP Odyssey/DW-8000/X5DR, Ensoniq SQ-80, E-mu Proteus/2, Moog Satellite, Oberheim SEM
                          "'Legacy code' often differs from its suggested alternative by actually working and scaling." - Bjarne Stroustrup

                          Comment


                            #14
                            you can all keep your phones, ill be rocking this xeon windows 7 PC for a very long time. Data input through a touch screen only is like voluntarily living like a neanderthal.

                            Comment


                              #15
                              Well, carrying around a model M isn't exactly an ideal solution either.
                              It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X