[vcf-midatlantic] How old is "vintage"? (was: Found an IBM XT in my garage.)

Joshua Abraham jarvideo at gmail.com
Wed Aug 4 21:56:44 UTC 2021

I would agree that the time range and qualifications are varied. 

By the book though, vintage usually is defined as an authentic and significant item about 20 years or older. So a good example: The IBM AT would be vintage. A random 286 clone... perhaps not. 

Now defining retro, that’s a whole other can of worms. Haha. 

-Josh “Singularity” 

> On Aug 4, 2021, at 5:46 PM, Dave McGuire via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>> On 8/4/21 5:43 PM, Bruce via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>> Neils post prompts this lurker to inquire:  Just how old need a computer be
>> to be of interest to VCF?
>> PC was - what? -- 1980?  AT after that.  XT even later.
>> What about minor brands, etc.?
>  This is very subjective.  To some kids today, a Pentium 4 is vintage.
>  I think to people like us, "it depends".  A 286 box probably isn't,
> but a VAX made in the same year probably is.  But everyone has their own
> feelings about it.
>  It's kinda like fighting over "firsts".  You just know...don't fry
> your brain trying to quantify it and generate rules to make the decision
> for you.
>           -Dave
> -- 
> Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
> New Kensington, PA

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