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.

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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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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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Has anyone recently built up a NuXT 2.0 system?

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    Has anyone recently built up a NuXT 2.0 system?

    I'm not sure why I didn't notice this sooner ... but I saw Monotech is selling a new, modern design XT motherboard in a Micro ATX form factor. There are a few videos on YouTube showing some builds and I have to admit it all looks pretty cool. It's definitely not cheap though! Then again, considering it comes with a Compact Flash drive, VGA, and PS/2 ports for modern-ish keyboards maybe it isn't overpriced for what you get.

    I am curious to hear about recent experiences.

    They are a really neat thing to play with if you're feeling nostalgic, I built one about a year ago and have spent many, many hours playing with it since! The build quality is excellent, support is great and with a v20 CPU it's one of the faster XT clones you'd be able to get your hands on. Here's my build:

    - iStarUSA D-313SE-MATX 3U rackmount case with the ears removed (very boxy!)
    - Mini-Box PicoPSU-90 with the 12v wall wart lifted from an old Netgear switch. The entire thing pulls less than 2A so even this is overkill.
    - NuXT 2.0 board with v20 and 8087 CPU's
    - IBM Model M keyboard
    - Radio Shack trackball (bad enough to be period correct!)
    - Mag Innovision 14" CRT (NOS but nearly destroyed in shipping, pieced back together with model airplane glue and a lot of bodge wires)
    - TexElec Resound 2 OPL3 AdLib clone
    - Serdashop CVX4 Covox Speech Thing Clone on LPT1
    - 2-port joystick adapter
    - TexElec 2MB EMS card (not currently installed)
    - Racal Datacom Ethernet adapter (not currently installed)
    - PPP over COM1 to a Mikrotik router as a "modem" for transferring files (Ethernet was boring =)
    - 200MB Maxtor IDE drive (mostly for the noise, it's the D drive)
    - High-density 3.5" and 5.25" floppy drives

    Overall I'm very happy with it and glad I spent the $$$ and time to do it, my first IBM-compatible PC was a Compaq Portable and this provides enough of the same experience to bring me back. It plays old games like Lemmings, Railroad Tycoon, Civ1 and Sim City fairly well, which is actually not something an original PC or XT could have done.

    Oddly enough the only thing I kind of miss and wish this had was my old Amdek 310A display that came with the 5160XT we got shortly after the Compaq, but those are a little hard to come by now. I did pick up a NOS CRT from an IBM 5155 portable that I intend to build a case for, and a CGA/MDA clone card with a composite output on it if I really want to enjoy squinting at a small monochrome display again. All the other modern things like PS/2 support, CF cards and upper memory however are well worth it.
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