[vcf-midatlantic] Hard drive art

Herb Johnson hjohnson at retrotechnology.info
Tue Apr 16 13:51:03 EDT 2019

This is becoming an argument. That's understandable, but that's not my 

My point of throwing the "old guy" card, is to say some interest in 
vintage computing is persistent, is beyond keeping one's computer 
running, but in goals you refer to as "museum". Most museums put a 
computer on a shelf, don't touch: the work I describe re-engages people 
with now-working computers. Your work also engages others; I don't 
question the value of art, or oblige it to be for purpose. This is what 
engagement looks like.

You assert the permanence of your art, versus eventual drive failure. 
Certainly, all things come to an end; I don't give up, neither do you.

As I said: we have some common interests, we compete for some resources. 
That's fine, we are adults, we can work in concert and good will to 
further mutual ends. You accommodate restoration interests, as do the 
recyclers. That's good. (You might tell me, where on eBay you sell 
electronics, I need a CMI 5619 5.25-inch drive for electronics.)

I'll remind you: this is a vintage computing forum. I asserted that 
point of view in response to your post about your art. You've given 
mostly reasonable responses, thank you. Other people can review our 
discussion, see work done, make their own considerations. Those were my 
goals. Thank you.

- Herb

On 4/16/2019 11:35 AM, Brian Brubaker wrote:
> "not all of those whole-drives go to the landfill or become recycled"
> I would argue that you may have a limited view as well, and while I
> may not have a complete picture of what vintage hard drives are
> currently used for, I believe my point is still valid.... 

Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey in the USA
http://www.retrotechnology.com OR .net
preserve, recover, restore 1970's computing
email: hjohnson AT retrotechnology DOT com
or try later herbjohnson AT retrotechnology DOT info

More information about the vcf-midatlantic mailing list