john boris on 13 Mar 2014 12:52:34 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] How to Archive Data for 20 Years?

If you think about it the Vic-20 and C-64 had zero moving parts. So if it was kept in a place that was not damp and in the box nothing much could go wrong, unless a lightning bolt hit close to your house which might do something to it.

The C-64 was my first home unit but cut my teeth on a PDP-8 or maybe it was a PDP-6. There were two in the lab. One with a Decwrriter and the other you had to toggle the stuff in on the front panel.

We also had one unit that cut the tapes for our NC controlled Bridgeport in the Shop. 

Ah the Wobegone days of waiting for computer time on the Terminal. Or handling that deck of cards and hoping you didn't drop them on your way to the card reader.

On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM, Greg Helledy <> wrote:
I had a VIC-20 and the cassette drive, but no modem.
It went to my parents' attic once I moved on to an Apple IIc.

Several years ago I posted it on craigslist as a "free to good home" item.  Surprisingly, a student from Swarthmore contacted me and said they had a retro computing club there.  She came up on the train to get it, and wrote me a week later saying it was working for them.  I can't believe it would still be working today, but at least for a while in the mid-2000s there was a VIC-20 in use.  Anyone on the list know if the club still exists?

Greg Helledy

On 3/12/2014 8:14 PM, Jeff Bailey wrote:
On 3/12/2014 7:48 PM, Matt Mossholder wrote:
Vic 20!

  +1. 2k RAM, which I eventually expanded to 16k via cartridge.  22
column display.  Had a 300 baud modem and started BBSing with that. Also
learned BASIC pretty well, since it took me a while to get tape storage,
so I had to retype whatever I wanted to do whenever I turned on the

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