Vaxer? I hardly even...
If you're a Vaxer then you probably know why this is here. This site,
machine, and the list that runs on it are
part of what continue to tie us together. The VAX culture, or lack
thereof, started at University of Florida
but has continued even after most of its members managed to get out
of the place. Many of the current VAXers never even went to UF.
Inexplicably we've managed to suck in few new members.
Ben Ostrowsky explained it as follows: (posted with his permission)
Let's see, where do I begin? VAX is a brand of mainframe  made by Digital back in the early eighties.
At UF, there were several VAX computers hooked up together into a common
cluster for Internet access. A community of geeks developed. We call
ourselves VAXers. Most of my married friends met each other on VAX, or at
least within the vaxing circle. Our own personalized mythology includes
lots of in-jokes, the most tired and reliable of which is "VAXer? I
hardly know her!" But for some reason, one of our number accused another
of being a HEARTLESS BASTARD!!!!, which then turned into a joke. I've
heard people say "It's all Heather's fault" or "You're THAT Larry?!" or
"It's because Russ is Jewish" and never really known how the phrase got
The Vaxers still hang out together on a mailing list that
generates 0-50 messages a day. We've even found new vaxers who don't know
what a VAX is, but still fit in perfectly with our style of arguing,
dreaming, flirting, soapboxing, and confiding in the list. It's something
like emotional polygamy, and we like it. ;)
Technically VAXen were minis, but the sentiment is the same.