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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.

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To put things in engineering terms, we value a high signal to noise ratio. Coming here should not be a waste of time.
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  • Use the Private Message system for posts that are targeted at a specific person.


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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.


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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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  • Agent Orange
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    Originally posted by VERAULT View Post
    You dont NEED one, you are missing the point. A land line would suit your needs (as it suited everyone's needs for decades).
    I appreciate your candor. However, if you're coming from downtown Detroit's Comerica Park after a ball game on some dark Saturday night and suddenly have a blow-out on the Ford or Chrysler freeway, you're sure as hell going to wish you had a cell phone in every pocket or at least a long extension cord on that land-line back home.

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  • KC9UDX
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    Phones and tablets are pretty much the same now. And you can run whatever software you can find. You can build your own Android version if you want and use one of the alternate software repositories and have nothing to do with Google.

    I like old computers and land line phones. But the fact is that to get by in the modern world, you need a cell phone and a modern computer. But you can use a good cell phone or tablet to replace that computer.

    You think you can go round without a cell phone. But have a car breakdown sometime. No one will stop to help you no matter what you do, and you're not going to walk somewhere with a payphone.

    Or drive somewhere far away and end up on a broken detour. This actually happened to me last year. I could've driven round all day trying to find someone who could direct me back to the highway. But I had a cell phone with Google Maps. I punched in my destination and the drove in the right direction until I got a cell signal and a route. Sure I could've had a pile of maps too, hopefully they're current. Then I could stop and figure out where I am on the map.

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  • ibmapc
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    Oh, Oh, Watch out! Dad's gonna shut us down on this if we're not careful!!

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  • Stone
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    Originally posted by VERAULT View Post
    I hate cell phones and think they are the worst thing to happen to society... worse than the holocaust...
    Now you've stepped in it!

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  • VERAULT
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    Originally posted by Agent Orange View Post
    Sorry, but I need one to keep in contact with others that I know here on planet earth.
    You dont NEED one, you are missing the point. A land line would suit your needs (as it suited everyone's needs for decades). You CHOOSE to have a cell phone.

    Originally posted by SomeGuy View Post
    I'll be at my desk with a normal desk phone that doesn't make me sound like a robot trying to rape your ear. And if I'm out driving, well leave me a message or send me an e-mail. I'll get back to you whenever. :P.

    Im with you on that one.. You know what erks me? Peoples lack of shame these days. I NEVER have a cell phone conversation in public. IF I answer I state I cannot talk and will call them back. I dont want anyone hearing me while I speak. Why does noone else feel this way? Why do stupid middle aged women carry on full phone calls at the grocery store.. I hate cell phones and think they are the worst thing to happen to society... worse than the holocaust as we havent felt all the repercussions yet.. And they will be long standing..

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  • ncherry
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    A mostly true story (we didn't order it yet).

    Yesterday, a gentleman asked me for a pencil sharpener (which I didn't have with me this time). So I decided to bust on him a bit and handed him my mechanical pencil from 1983. He liked it so much we went up online and found him one, then ordered it. He should have it today.

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  • SomeGuy
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    Don't forget to download our free news app/adware!

    Originally posted by Agent Orange View Post
    Sorry, but I need one to keep in contact with others that I know here on planet earth.
    Instantly and every second of the day? Really?

    This is another one of those sorts of things people sort of shame you in to thinking you must do. People these day want to micromanage eveyone around them. Everything must be INSTANT! AT ALL TIMES!

    They actually had to pass a "hands free" driving law here because too many people felt they HAD to take or make calls while driving, causing all kinds of accidents and fatalities. Of course, the only reason the corporations allowed it to pass was because everyone had to run out and buy all new hands free phone stuff.

    For people who are always on the go and out and about, fine. I'll be at my desk with a normal desk phone that doesn't make me sound like a robot trying to rape your ear. And if I'm out driving, well leave me a message or send me an e-mail. I'll get back to you whenever. :P.

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  • Agent Orange
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    Originally posted by VERAULT View Post
    NOBODY NEEDS A CELL PHONE!
    Sorry, but I need one to keep in contact with others that I know here on planet earth.

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  • commodorejohn
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    I'll say this: the reason I have a cell phone rather than a land line is because they make road emergencies a whole lot more manageable (and/or survivable, depending on what kind of climate/conditions you're in.) Other than that, I'd never have bothered.

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  • VERAULT
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    Originally posted by Unknown_K View Post
    These days everybody needs a cell phone (unless they never leave the house, don't have a job, and have no friends or relatives).
    NOBODY NEEDS A CELL PHONE!

    Thats the same bullsh*t argument I hear parents make when they give thier 11 year old a smartphone.... you people are insane.

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  • VERAULT
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    Originally posted by SomeGuy View Post
    And you know darn well if all cell phones were like that then we wouldn't have people literally shooting each other over cell phones every couple of days. (According to the news there was at least one here today already). I've had my car broken in to by some piece of dirt looking for cell phones. A while back there was some news/advertising story about someone getting "scammed" buying some second hand new in box latest and greatest Apple(R) iPhone(TM) - they knew it was fake and made a huge stink about it because it didn't have that retarded Apple voice assistant Siri crap or some such on it.

    Even 7 dollars a month, over lets say ten years, still adds up for something I still don't need.

    As they say, the first one is always free...
    I had some degenerate walk into my office while I was talking to a coworker in our work room. For like 30 seconds. Walked in, swiped my brand new galaxy S5 ($500 new, paid with cash) off my desk and walk out. Found out the guy stole 14 other phones that day. Cameras? Security you ask? Apparently cameras are for show since "they werent working" and security could care less. Way to earn your paychecks schmucks. yeah degenerates kill each other over used sneakers too, just because a celebrity who retired from the sport a million years ago endorsed them.

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  • VERAULT
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    whats the original ipad? 10inches? 12? thats when its stupid looking.

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  • Unknown_K
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    Times change. Most of the people I went to college with did not have a home computer at the time and didn't need one which I found kind of odd. Then in the late 1990's everybody had a home computer for games and AOL. I purchased a cell phone in the 1990's because I drove an hour to work every day on the highway and if I broke down I was pretty much screwed without a phone (never did break down but still). These days everybody needs a cell phone (unless they never leave the house, don't have a job, and have no friends or relatives). I can't complain about people buying $800 iPhones today when I paid $1100 for a CD burner back in the day. We all have our vices.

    As far as clothes go I think people pick up a style in highschool and college and just keep it for a long time. You might have to wear something different for work, but outside of that you tend to keep the old style. People don't like change.

    I don't use facebook. I do have an account with like 6 friends because of 1 person who only used it to keep in touch with people. Even when I don't use it I have to turn off everything or else I get a million emails from facebook. Can't image the work involved keeping up with all the notifications if I actually did use it.

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  • Stone
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    Originally posted by SomeGuy View Post
    Even 7 dollars a month, over lets say ten years, still adds up for something I still don't need.
    Of course you don't... A landline is a much better bargain at $35 or more per month.

    Plus, it's got the advantage that you don't have to worry about losing it.

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  • SomeGuy
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    Originally posted by Stone View Post
    My cell phone was FREE and it costs less than $7.00 per month to make/receive calls.
    And you know darn well if all cell phones were like that then we wouldn't have people literally shooting each other over cell phones every couple of days. (According to the news there was at least one here today already). I've had my car broken in to by some piece of dirt looking for cell phones. A while back there was some news/advertising story about someone getting "scammed" buying some second hand new in box latest and greatest Apple(R) iPhone(TM) - they knew it was fake and made a huge stink about it because it didn't have that retarded Apple voice assistant Siri crap or some such on it.

    Even 7 dollars a month, over lets say ten years, still adds up for something I still don't need.

    As they say, the first one is always free...

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