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Is Your Vintage Computer Obsolete? - NO!
~ By Brian K. Hahn ~
So what was the reason for buying your first computer? I have been in computer
consulting for many years, beginning on a retail floor and working my way into the
office environment. This experience has given me insights into the market that
many a sales professional have acquired. From the woman who wants a computer
to teach her children the A,B,Cís, to the business executive that wants to automate
their office. The main reason they want a computer is for word processing.
This is the core common denominator of all computer purchases, the word
processor. The second reason is usually for financial purposes, anything from
wanting their taxes done at home, to keeping a point of sale system running the
front end of a business. But through all this is the need to put words together to
write letters, papers and for a handful wanting to be inspired writers. The Word
Processor is the true driving force for the personal computer.
This brings me to my point. If a computer could compile a letter in 1984 on a DOS based system and it still does the
same task in the 21st century, how is it obsolete? The answer is simpleÖ "the computer is not obsolete by those
standards". Itís the marketplace that drives obsolescence. Ö and that marketplace is you!
Webster defines the word Obsolete as:
Ob"so*lete, a. [L. obsoletus, p. p. of obsolescere.
1. No longer in use; gone into disuse; disused;
neglected; as, an obsolete word; an obsolete
statute; -- applied chiefly to words, writings, or observances.
No longer in use! By now many of you have figured me out. I am a real
computer geek. I still use my old computers. I also refuse to buy a new
laptop when all I have ever used one for, is word processing, and maybe
playing a round of solitaire.
I have in my briefcase a Tandy WP2 for writing letters. I have been able
to take my Tandy to a restaurant without making a big performance out of opening a full size screen, moving a plate
out of the way, shifting my coffee cup, and booting up with an obnoxious wave file drawing attention to me. Last
summer I had my Tandy WP2 in a busy restaurant and I took a deposition from a fellow and my client never felt that
others in the restaurant knew what we were doing there. After I took the statement, I returned to my office and
connected the Tandy to my Pentium 4 office system and opened the document into Microsoft Word.
These old Zilog based computers are the real deal! Many run on 4 AA batteries, work for 20 hours and have a lithium
back-up battery to save your document if the batteries fail. The minute you type a word on their keyboards it is
saved. That is not obsolescence.. thatís performance!
I want all of you to stop throwing old computers in the garbage! If you donít want them, donate them to a school. Find
someone you know who has a passion for history and give it to them. To many times I have made a trip to a
municipal dump only to see an old computer lying crushed in the pile. Itís environmentally unsound and it drives my
blood pressure up.
If you are inspired to use an old system, just search eBay, or Google for those oldies but goodies. Search for Tandy,
Apple, Commodore, Brother, Sinclair, NEC just to name a few.
(c) 2004, 2005, Brian K. Hahn
All Rights Reserved.