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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:
  • "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.


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    i get so many people try to sell me things st higher than normal pricing by talking about how "clicky" the keyboard is... whoopee

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      Originally posted by VERAULT View Post
      i get so many people try to sell me things st higher than normal pricing by talking about how "clicky" the keyboard is... whoopee
      a.k.a opportunists ruining vintage computing.....absolutely grinds my gears.

      jeez I remember when low capacity hard drives could be had for ~$5

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        What gets me (really the major thing) is when things are broken, dirty, and untested and they still want a high price. Its like "nope keep it!" I know to avoid you now!

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          Ti Silent 700 $100 Eugene/Springfield OR
          Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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            Originally posted by VERAULT View Post
            What gets me (really the major thing) is when things are broken, dirty, and untested and they still want a high price. Its like "nope keep it!" I know to avoid you now!
            Totally agree. There's one of these "junk dealers" relatively close to me. I very kindly explained to them that because the item is untested, I can't pay top dollar. But they can't seem to hear what I'm saying. Hindsight being 20/20 I realize now I should have just drove a hard bargain with them, that's something they can understand. But as you mention, avoiding them became the best option.

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              Apple IIGS with CRT in Kennesaw, GA
              https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/s...409873106.html

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                Originally posted by SomeGuy View Post
                Apple IIGS with CRT in Kennesaw, GA
                https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/s...409873106.html
                Why do both the photos say "stock photo" When you are asking upwards of $100 or more for something, you have got to be stupid to not include real photos. The laziness of most people baffles me.. To lazy to do 99% of things except reproduce....

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                  Western Union Teletype. Not a terrible price and looks to be in good shape. Tampa Bay / St. Pete Florida area.

                  https://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/atq...412536729.html
                  LiqMatrix YouTube Channel

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                    Tandy TRS-80 Model 2000, Vintage Computer and Software - $375 (West Seattle) https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/s...417062342.html


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                      Originally posted by MikeModifed View Post
                      Tandy TRS-80 Model 2000, Vintage Computer and Software - $375 (West Seattle) https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/s...417062342.html

                      I really like that tandy monitor! I havent seen it before. What is the model number?

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                        if there was a decent way to get back here to Michigan and not break the bank, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
                        Surely not everyone was Kung-Fu fighting

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                          For a non-PC compatible? What would you do with it?
                          Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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                            Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
                            For a non-PC compatible? What would you do with it?
                            Same as the rest of my Tandy stuff - "to have and to hold".

                            Surely not everyone was Kung-Fu fighting

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                              Oh, okay. I knew a fellow who had a garage full of empty Mrs. Butterowrth's syrup bottles...
                              Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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                                Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
                                Oh, okay. I knew a fellow who had a garage full of empty Mrs. Butterowrth's syrup bottles...
                                Kind of sticky typing on the syrup bottles. Well, how about yourself, you've got a basement full don't you?. That 2000 is no different than all of the other ancient stuff that I've got scattered around.

                                Surely not everyone was Kung-Fu fighting

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