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Classic Computer Collector's Code of Conduct -
As a serious collector, I follow the Classic
Computer Collector's Code of Conduct (CCCCC). The CCCCC is listed
here for your reference.
- I will do my best to find a home for any classic or unwanted
- I will return or destroy any personal or commercially sensitive
data I find on a machine I acquire, and will keep it in the strictest
confidence, should I find it necessary to view it.
- I will aid users in the decomissioning of their machines, should
they require assistance.
- I will respect active software and publication copyrights.
- I will, whenever possible, repair the computers in my collection
and maintain them in working order, and will assist others in
doing the same, to the best of my ability. I will actively encourage
the repair, maintenance, and use of older computers, in preference
to the irreversable alteration of machines and parts for non-computer
- I will actively promote the exchange of computers, parts, and
information among collectors, and will refrain from hoarding multiple
examples of any item.
- I will actively promote ethical collecting.
In addition, here is a list of Helpful Hints for
potential donors and sellers of classic computers:
- Backup your data before giving it away.
- Delete or overwrite all personal data.
- If you have an old hard disk, park it before shutting down.
- Remove floppies from the drives, and leave the drives open.
However, if you have the original cardboard floppy protector,
stick it in the drive and close it.
- Include all system software, manuals, and cables in a zip lock
bag and rubber-band them together with the machine. Do not spindle,
mutilate, or put any sticky stuff on your machine.
- Pack the computer into a box, and use nearly as much packing
material as you would if you were going to ship it.
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