Obsolete Computer Museum FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
(Actually, only a few have ever really been asked.)
What's the Obsolete Computer Museum all about?
It's just a place to stop by and reminisce about
the old days of personal computing. It's by no means
a definitive guide to any of these wonders of the
near past. (But, if I know of a definitive guide,
I'll link to it.)
Who cares about these old computers?
Judging by my e-mail, lots of people, including
Are these computers really "obsolete"?
Some are. Some, like the Model 100, are
really very useful machines. I use
"obsolete" as a term of endearment
rather than derision.
Is this site safe for kids?
Pretty much, except for the nude
picture. Also, the page of smart people includes
links that go all over the place. Obviously, any one
of them could eventually lead to objectionable stuff.
But if you stay within the Museum, you're pretty
Has this site received any Internet accolades?
Cool Page Award - end of 1997
Too Cool - October
Family Site of the Day - October
Web Today Destinations for August 11, 1997
U Award for Excellence - August 6, 1997.
The Museum was mentioned in the weekly
cartoon in the Spencer
F. Katt column in PC Week for the
week of April 25, 1997.
Windows Magazine's Hot Spot of
the Day - March 17, 1997
Site of the Hour - 5 am to 6 am on March 17,
Ten at the The Tech Museum of Innovation for January
of the Day - November 4th, 1996
- September 26th, 1996
Geek Sites of the Week - August
Bizarre - July
2, 1996 (Thanks Dave! Dave's not here, man.)
Apparently, the Museum was the second Geek
Site of the Day, way back in June
Has this site received any media attention?
- The Museum was mentioned and I was quoted in an
article in the May issue of Internet Underground
magazine. It's a nice article, but the editors
left off the URL for the Museum. Oh well.
My name seems to be attached to a sidebar in the
April issue of PC
Novice. It's news to me! If anyone has a copy
they no longer want, feel free to send it to me.
The Museum and it's VIC-20
page appeared on The Site on
MSNBC for approximately 15 seconds on November 6,
1996. It also appears in the Web
version of the piece.
The Model 100 page
appeared on the Discovery
for a split second as part of a piece on the
Model 100. (If it wasn't for the dark purple
background, I would have missed it.) It was a
nice little story. However, keep in mind that the
male host claimed on one show that moving the
write-protect tab on your disk would not only
prevent anyone from reading the
contents of a file, they wouldn't even be able to
list the file names. I'm glad they do their
homework over there.
The Museum was mentioned on a UK television
program. If anyone has any specifics, please let me know.
The Museum was listed in May 1996 issue of PC Novice
magazine, complete with a very nice description.
PC Novice has also published a nice fat issue
indexing loads of sites, including the Museum.
- The Museum was also listed in the October 1995
issue of Net User magazine. (Robert Williams was
kind enough to send me a copy. Thanks Robert!)
They gave this site 4 stars out of a possible 5
and said nice things!
- The Museum was mentioned in "Model T's of
the Information Age" in the February 26,
1996 issue of Forbes magazine. (They made me sit
through a 4 hour photo session, and then never
used the photos. Steve sure ain't gettin' my
- The Museum was mentioned briefly in an article in
the Baltimore Sun by Jay Apperson on October 9,
1995. This article was reprinted in the Seattle
Times on October 22, 1995, and in the Queens, NY
edition of Newday on December 5, 1995.
The Museum was examined in greater detail in the
Gadgets", published in the Hampton Roads
Daily Press by Glenn
Gaslin on November 5, 1995.
The Museum would have been mentioned in the book Secrets
of the Webmasters by Charles
Deemer. It was supposed to be available
September 1995. However, various internal
problems at the publisher will probably prevent
it from ever being released.
That's me in the upper-left corner.
How do I get my old so-and-so computer into the
We no longer accept computers. The OCM is defunct and is kept running solely for historical purposes.
Why isn't there an entry for the old so-and-so
Because you haven't sent me a picture and
description of yours.
Will you buy my old so-and-so computer?
No. (Sorry, I work for a non-profit, so I'm pretty
poor. Well, maybe not poor. But I don't have piles of
cash sitting around, either.)
Will you take my old so-and-so computer for free?
Probably. The big problem here is the cost of
shipping. In many cases, I could probably find it
locally for less than it would cost me to have you
send it to me. But please ask, it might be something
I need, or something too good to pass up.
Do you know where I can sell my old so-and-so
Try an online
Do you know where I can buy (parts for) an old
What does your apartment look like with all these
Sort of like this, or this, or even this.
Are there any nude pictures of you
Sure, try this one!
Can I give you $10,000,000 so you can do this full
Sure! (Unless you're Bill Gates. Well, okay, even
if you're Bill.)
What's the secret to happiness?
The secret to happiness is to always be expecting
something in the mail. It doesn't matter what, as
long as it's something you would look forward to
receiving. Silly zines
are good. So are orders from mail-order catalogs.
Where can I get good egg rolls?
Try the Que Viet Village House on Johnson in NE
Aren't the "egg rolls" at the Que Viet
Village House actually spring rolls?
Yes, they are.
How are they able to get them to your table so fast?
I don't know. They're obviously made fresh. My
guess is that, since virtually everyone orders some,
they just keep making them constantly. So they've
started your particular order before you even walk in
What's in them?
I don't know.
What's in the dipping sauce?
Some sort of fish sauce, I think.
Any other information about the Que Viet Village
They seem to be the only business in the world
that takes American Express, but doesn't take VISA or
MasterCard. American Express is obviously missing an
advertising opportunity here!
"The Que Viet Village House has the best
egg rolls in the midwest. But bring your American
Express. Because, while they only take a minute
to bring out your egg rolls, they don't take VISA
or MasterCard. American Express, it's everywhere
you want to be."
This is certainly more convincing than those Jerry
Seinfeld/American Express commercials!
Special announcement! The Que Viet Village House now also
accepts Visa and Mastercard. Thousands rejoice!
Isn't this FAQ rather self-indulgent?
Yes, but it's not as bad as this.
Does anyone actually read down this far?
Oddly enough, many do.
If you actually have, send me e-mail letting
me know. (Sorry, no prize.)