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

Hardware giveaway games

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

    Hardware giveaway games

    I used to have a hardware giveaway thread over at Vogons. I mostly live over here now so I have a few pieces to get rid of. Found this Pentium motherboard at a garage sale for basically nothing and it appears to be in great shape. It is labeled a 5SEM M103 motherboard and is populated with I believe 64MB of RAM and a Pentium 120 with the original heatsink. Cleaned off the thermal compound. This is untested, but looks to be in perfect shape. Also including an ISA audio card with ESS 1688F and ESS 968F chips and an Avance Logic GP-2302V PCI VGA card. The VGA card has a tad bit of rust on the VGA head. Also a NIC, optical drive and modem came with the lot as well.

    So here is the game.

    I am thinking of a very influential computer pioneer of the 1980s. He helped develop multiple home computer platforms. Who is it?

    One guess every 30 minutes. First to get it right gets the hardware shipped to you for free. United States only since shipping beyond that gets expensive. Thanks and happy Easter!

    mobo.jpg
    cards.jpg

    #2
    Jay Miner?
    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


      #3
      Originally posted by liqmat View Post
      I used to have a hardware giveaway thread over at Vogons. I mostly live over here now so I have a few pieces to get rid of. Found this Pentium motherboard at a garage sale for basically nothing and it appears to be in great shape. It is labeled a 5SEM M103 motherboard and is populated with I believe 64MB of RAM and a Pentium 120 with the original heatsink. Cleaned off the thermal compound. This is untested, but looks to be in perfect shape. Also including an ISA audio card with ESS 1688F and ESS 968F chips and an Avance Logic GP-2302V PCI VGA card. The VGA card has a tad bit of rust on the VGA head. Also a NIC, optical drive and modem came with the lot as well.

      So here is the game.

      I am thinking of a very influential computer pioneer of the 1980s. He helped develop multiple home computer platforms. Who is it?

      One guess every 30 minutes. First to get it right gets the hardware shipped to you for free. United States only since shipping beyond that gets expensive. Thanks and happy Easter!

      [ATTACH=CONFIG]44761[/ATTACH]
      [ATTACH=CONFIG]44762[/ATTACH]
      Gary Kildall?

      Comment


        #4
        Al Gore?
        Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

        Comment


          #5
          Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
          Al Gore?
          No no no, Al Gore invented the internet... slightly different.

          Comment


            #6
            Originally posted by commodorejohn View Post
            Jay Miner?
            LOL, proof I suck at challenging questions. Correct! PM me your address and I will drop it in the mail.

            Comment


              #7
              I have another challenge coming later tonight. It will be for an unused NIB, but not sealed Sound Blaster Live Platinum. The card and the I/O drive are sealed and never used. The only thing in the box that was opened was the software to image a driver CD. Will post before 9pm eastern.

              Comment


                #8
                Next challenge as promised:

                Thinking of a number between 10 and 50. First one to guess right gets the SB Live Platinum I described above. One guess every 15 minutes. Must be a U.S. shipping address. Sorry.

                sbliveplat.jpg

                Comment


                  #9
                  Hey, Commodorejohn, I need an address. PM me please. Thanks.

                  Comment


                    #10
                    21? I'm not in the US, I'm just playing for fun
                    EISA .cfg Archive | Chip set Encyclopedia

                    Comment


                      #11
                      42 just playing for fun too....
                      Thomas Byers (DRI)- "You'll have a million people using the A> [MS-DOS prompt] forever. You'll have five million using [nongraphic] menu systems such as Topview, Concurrent PC-DOS, Desq, and those types. But there'll be 50 to 100 million using the iconic-based interfaces."

                      Comment


                        #12
                        18 I really like the laptop I got the last time. ^.^
                        It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

                        Comment


                          #13
                          No offense, but please dont't play if you do not have a U.S. shipping address or don't care about the hardware so others who might need this or want it for a retro system of theirs can have a fair chance. Thanks.

                          Comment


                            #14
                            Originally posted by luckybob View Post
                            18 I really like the laptop I got the last time. ^.^
                            You still use that? It was sweet for early 90s games.

                            Comment


                              #15
                              It's actually easier to pop it open and run some BS 16/32 bit programs, like floppy disk images that write to a floppy and 7-zip won't unpack them, than it is to start up my VM. *glares at certain OEM's*
                              It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X