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robo
03-01-2003, 02:42 PM
Don't get your hopes up about a PC Direct 386, but some older ones are worth big bucks now:

http://technology.nzoom.com/technology_detail/0,1608,159338-113-116,00.html

I don't think I am going to start stockpiling old ones, just in case.
robo.

segfault
03-01-2003, 02:48 PM
Just in case that link stuffed up for anyone else, the correct one is here http://technology.nzoom.com/technology_detail/0,1608,159338-113 -116,00.html

Graham L
03-01-2003, 03:06 PM
Riches beyond the dreams of avarice. ]:)

I've just looked for a value: my Osborne I portable is worth about $150. :O What a pity that they cost $1795, when $1795 was $1795 :-( (I didn't pay that ... about $20 for it and an IBM golfball typewriter).

Dolby Digital
03-01-2003, 03:50 PM
I have fond memories of using a Tandy TSR80 in 1978... I don't have one but I wonder how common they are now.

Now if everyone else throws out their Sinclair XZ81, mine might suddenly climb in value :p

robo
03-01-2003, 04:16 PM
The whole question of value and what people are willing to pay for something is bizarre.

I can't see how anyone can see the new All Blacks book that is selling for $500 as being an investment. It is manufactured pseudo-value at best. Just saw ads on Sky for A$2000 you can buy one of 200 cricket bats signed by the Aussie World Cup Cricket Team. Whoop de doo! Limited to 200 and maybe worth a bit if they win the Cup, but otherwise kept in the closet alongside every other World Cup bat and all the other caca.

That being said, I would still be willing to pay $20 for a toy that came in a packet of cornflakes in the '60's because I thought they rocked when I was a kid. They sell for $50 or more (crater critters were my favourites). Probably cost 49c with a packet of cornflakes thrown in back then.

It's all about supply and demand, I suppose. Although I don't think Adam Smith would have envisaged where we have got to now.

robo.

Dolby Digital
03-01-2003, 07:35 PM
I can't see how someone would pay $20,000 (or whatever) for the personalised plate "1". Its just a piece of metal with a printed 1 on it. Each to their own I suppose.

We are a civilised society. We can pay silly money for all sorts of "rare" silly things.

-=JM=-
03-01-2003, 08:37 PM
Well it would be nice to have a collection of old PCs. But yeah it can go overboard.

I think buying something cheaply then it ending up being worth something is the way to do it. But actually dealing in them when they are worth something, seems like a waste of time to me.

As for actually buying the collectors edition bats and the like, what a waste of time if you ask me.

Baldy
03-01-2003, 09:11 PM
>
> That being said, I would still be willing to pay $20
> for a toy that came in a packet of cornflakes in the
> '60's because I thought they rocked when I was a kid.
> They sell for $50 or more (crater critters were my
> favourites). Probably cost 49c with a packet of
> cornflakes thrown in back then.


Robo - Is there a site you can go to to buy such Kornies packet toys? When I was a kid, I remember getting a little plastic submarine. You put baking powder in a little compartment and the sub floated up and down in the bath/basin. It was a most fantastic toy. I would love to find another.

Now the only thing they seem to give away in Kornies packets are the odd driving license

tango
03-01-2003, 10:27 PM
HAHAHAHA nice one Baldy :D

tango
03-01-2003, 10:29 PM
I have an old Excel XT 8088 sitting in my closet, 512k of ram, 2 big floppy drives. We paid 500 bucker for it about 10 years ago. haha.

godfather
03-01-2003, 10:40 PM
> Robo - Is there a site you can go to to buy such
> Kornies packet toys? When I was a kid, I remember
> getting a little plastic submarine. You put baking
> powder in a little compartment and the sub floated up
> and down in the bath/basin. It was a most fantastic
> toy. I would love to find another.

I had one of those too - remember it vividly!

Speaking of cheap things, saw copies of Robo's book being sold off for price today. I was originally considering buying one when it came out, as I thought it would be a collectors item, now....not so sure....

Gorela
04-01-2003, 12:39 AM
Hay Robo,

I just might have some of those sitting in my bag of goodies. From memory I have about twenty. Shall I send you my bank A/c details?

I also have a Apple II G which I upgraded to 640k of memory. I think it cost about $1 per k back then!

robo
04-01-2003, 08:13 AM
Gorela
Hey, I am interested. Send me an email if you are serious about selling some. rob_clarke at idg.co.nz.
robo.

robo
04-01-2003, 08:16 AM
godfather
I am not worried about the price drop, although I was when I first saw them do it. I was really wetting myself, then I found out that they do it regularly regardless of how a book is selling. They sold a thousand copies in a week at the end of November at $9.95, and were apparently very happy. The more they sell, the more chance I have of doing another one.
I would add that there are no signed ones out there, and I think signing books is stupid.
robo.

~~~~~ s y ~~~~~
04-01-2003, 09:17 AM
Robo,

Remember (if you knew... I'll tell you again anyway!) I have a old computer that I am wishing to sell, its the: famous and magical...

Pentium 100Mhz, 32Mb Ram, 850Mb hard Drive, Modem, Cd-Rom, Floppy, K/Board, Microsoft Mouse, Soundblaster sound card, Video card. Speaker

...with Compaq SVGA 15" Colour Monitor, with anti-glare filter (near new).

... with Canon BJC-210 Colour Bubblejet Printer

and some other bits and pieces, and assorted "collectables". E.g. P75 chip, 2x 4mb ram, sound cards, some other cards.

Interested? All for $150. Anyone who mentions PressF1 (... and is a good member) will qualify for some negotiation. ;-)

Contact me by e-mail: syhyang@hotmail.com (yes I use Messenger, if you like to contact me that way) or simply replying to this.

DangerousDave
04-01-2003, 09:41 AM
Hiya,
hahha i've just thrown out two 286's, the original IBM PS1's, they were quite good machines and played games well enuff ;)

- David
p.s. you wrote a book robo???

Chilling_Silence
04-01-2003, 10:06 AM
Wonder how long it will take before the latest 3.06 HT P4 will become antique? :p

> p.s. you wrote a book robo???

This I wanna see!

Jen C
04-01-2003, 10:24 AM
BEGINNERS' GUIDE TO WORD and EXCEL (http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2111118a1898,00.html) by Rob Clarke

You can find it in any good bookstore - looks really helpful too.

Chilling_Silence
04-01-2003, 10:39 AM
Robo - I never knew ya had it in you ;-) :D

Dolby Digital
04-01-2003, 11:52 AM
Is it a work of fiction? :D

robo
04-01-2003, 03:07 PM
DDave
Yes, Beginner's Guide to Word and Excel. Was an interesting exercise, damn hard work.
robo.

robo
04-01-2003, 03:08 PM
Jen
I never saw that, thanks for putting the link here.
robo.

Graham L
04-01-2003, 03:10 PM
That's advertising. :D

Anyway the book isn't fiction. It's Word and Excel which are fictional.

Antonia
08-01-2003, 09:50 AM
That sounds good value to me.
Pity you live so far away from Te Awanga, otherwise I would definitely be interested.

Cheers, Antonia

Chilling_Silence
08-01-2003, 09:52 AM
> That's advertising. :D
>
> Anyway the book isn't fiction. It's Word and Excel
> which are fictional.



Getting them to work right... Fantasy

*No, I know its not that funny, but there are times when you simply dream of that perfect excel formula that will do all your work for ya*

*Wait a minute... Isnt that called an Accountant?!*

:p :D

~~~~~ s y ~~~~~
08-01-2003, 03:07 PM
Thanks for your interest, hopefully you would of recieved my e-mail

if not just reply ;-)

crozier
08-01-2003, 03:44 PM
I have one of these http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Lakes/5705/p70.html I fully working order. I reckon it's pretty cool!

Chilling_Silence
08-01-2003, 04:37 PM
This may be of interest:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3049949&thesection=technology&thesubsection=general