[vcf-midatlantic] We made the NY Times (sort of)

Adam Michlin adam.michlin at vcfed.org
Fri Jan 8 16:07:30 UTC 2021

I think we can use the classic car hobby as an example. Classic cars are
cars that were made to be repaired. Modern cars, long term, are not made to
be repaired. I don't foresee iPhones becoming a vintage hobby and I don't
foresee Teslas becoming a vintage hobby. No matter how many years.

The right to repair movement gives me some hope, but, like it or not, as
much as I hate 2021 Apple's "solder everything last blasted thing in and
make it as tiny as possible philosophy" such a philosophy is clearly what
consumers are willing to spend a *lot* of money on.

And twitter is already railing about Retro Computers vs Vintage Computers.
Yay, more religious wars!

On Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 10:52 AM Peter Cetinski <pete at pski.net> wrote:

> > On Jan 8, 2021, at 10:41 AM, Adam Michlin via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> >
> > https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/08/style/retrocomputing.html
> Thanks for the link, Adam.  Could this be the start of our hobby going
> mainstream?
> "Consider this next time you think about tossing a supposedly obsolete
> iPhone."
> Unfortunately, this last sentence is ironic because old iPhones will be
> certainly be obsolete due to the way the tightly controlled iOS
> architecture operates.  And this is coming from a big user of the Apple
> eco-system.  It makes my life easy now, but will never be a useable retro
> system.

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