Forum Rules and Etiquette

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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:
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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.

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  • Don't make people guess at what you are trying to say; we are not mind readers. Be clear and concise.
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What do you think of my PC and Mac collection?

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    What do you think of my PC and Mac collection?

    These are my computers

    Commodore 64 with Commodore Monitor and 5.25 Disk Drive

    Zenith Data Systems 386 16Mhz 1MB No HDD

    Macintosh Classic 4MB Ram and original 50MB HDD

    Macintosh Classic II 10MB Ram and Original 30MB HDD

    IBM PC Series 350-P75 75Mhz Pentium 128MB Ram original 530MB HDD added 10GB 2nd HDD Diamond Multimedia Sound Card IBM G50 Monitor Model M Keyboard and IBM Scroll Mouse

    IBM 300PL Pentium III 550Mhz 640MB Ram 160GB HDD 4MB S3 Trio 3d integrated Graphics IBM G74 Monitor Model M Keyboard IBM Scroll Mouse Optical

    eMachines T1090 Celeron 900Mhz 256MB Ram 60GB HDD eMachines Keyboard and Mouse

    IBM 8303-NUE Pentium 4 2.66Ghz 2GB DDR1 Ram 160GB HDD Jaton Geforce 6200 LP GPU IBM Keyboard and IBM Scroll Mouse Optical

    Just bought an Apple Powermac G4 733Mhz 1.5GB Ram 80GB and 20GB HDDs 32MB ATI GPU with Original Keyboard and Mouse, also all original Restore software and Box it all came in

    I think My collection has a pretty good coverage of era's so I can play pretty much any game I want!

    Sounds good to me, but I think you need something PC/XT class and maybe an Apple II or compatible.


      Originally posted by jafir View Post
      Sounds good to me, but I think you need something PC/XT class and maybe an Apple II or compatible.
      I'm not really into the Apple II and there pretty expensive to find one in decent shape which is what I look for cause I don't do soldering or anything that in-depth. Also Just bought the matching apple Studio display and DVI to ADC adapter for it as well.


        Yeah, I don’t own an original apple II for the same reason. I’ve got a IIe platinum. It was $100 picked up locally with a color monitor, two floppy drives, an ImageWriter II printer (worthless for the most part) and a huge box of un opened floppies disks.

        I personally think this is just a hobby for fun, I’m not a “collector” be any means, and so I’m not going to pay rediculous prices either. I’d rather spend my money on more accessories, like a CF to IDE adapter or an XT-IDE or some other thing to make the hobby more fun.


          Nice! I try to find ones that are in decent shape so I will pay a bit more for them because I am not into having to re soldering parts or soldering new ones, it's not my thing but don't mind replacing or cleaning parts you can replace easily without soldering them. I also just bought matching Apple Studio Monitor for the Powermac G4 and ordered a Apple DVI to ADC adapter for it cause the one I bought has DVI and VGA.