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Old 01-08-2021, 08:55 PM   #1
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'The Impractical but Indisputable Rise of Retrocomputing: Prices for vintage PCs in need of repairs and hard-to-find parts have shot up on r


'The Impractical but Indisputable Rise of Retrocomputing: Prices for vintage PCs in need of repairs and hard-to-find parts have shot up on resale sites.'
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/08/s...computing.html
 
Old 01-08-2021, 11:06 PM   #2
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'The Impractical but Indisputable Rise of Retrocomputing: Prices for vintage PCs in need of repairs and hard-to-find parts have shot up on resale sites.'
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/08/s...computing.html
RAM for older PC systems has been selling at extortionate prices for years.
 
Old 01-09-2021, 11:05 AM   #3
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Unless you are like me. A mechanic.

https://www.goodwillcentraltexas.org...computer-works

Last time I visited the grand kids. I kinda sorta stocked up. Busted laptops complete were a dollar apiece.
Refurbished a Dell XT2 that way on the cheap.

Net Vistas and old Thinkpads were piled up everywhere.
 
Old 01-09-2021, 11:27 AM   #4
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I still have sticks of PC 66/100 RAM. I may even have some EDO.

I finally threw away/recycled a couple of 486's this year, and 6 P1 150-300MHZ type machines. One had a 5 1/4 inch hard drive in it. I don't why I was keeping them.

But I'm hanging on to all of the dual cores machines that work. That's 12-13 years old now.
 
Old 01-09-2021, 02:18 PM   #5
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Time moves on.
Yesterday's crappy and worthless <insert_consumer_product_here> is tomorrow's vintage collector's item.
Sellers are pushing the envelope because they all dream of making a kill with that thing they picked up for free yesterday.
I just shrug and move on to the next dirt cheap age window.
 
Old 01-23-2021, 01:46 PM   #6
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I got careful about holding stuff. We're in the age of mass production now. Antiques only made sense when items were bespoke, or had the same usefulness as earlier. Today, they don't.

I had a friend also in electronics who closed up shop after 2 heart attacks and his son cleaned out his workshop. The unfortunate son filled 2 builder's skips with trash. That's the type of skip that looks like a sawn-off 40 foot container! When I closed up shop, & sold valuable stuff which I had, I had less than 2 carloads. Think of the amount of time and labour and storage you invest humping around, preserving, and perhaps utilising this old crap with so little reward.
 
  


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