Louis F. Ohland, 3 Feb 2014:
Folks, it has been a trip. The website
"9595 Ardent Tool of Capitalism" was started with the
sole purpose of enabling those using MCA systems to keep
them running, far past what IBM and MicroSoft would want
you to. When I first came up with the "MCA Militia", or
"Micro Channel Militia" it was a parody of the Judas
Priest song, "Metal Militia" (refer to the artwork from
JP at top). As "Commander" of the MCA Militia, I have
alerted members to good stuff on Ebuy, location of
drivers or documentation, and uncovering of trivia or
workarounds for our beloved machines.
However, time, software, hardware, and
criminal intent have surged over us and our beloved
Micro Channel Architecture. At first, I wanted to
properly credit people that provided advice or "how-to"
with their name and email. Then the rise of spamming
nixed that. Went through the pages and removed all the
links. Except, for some reason, this page. It was one I
didn't have to go to (living the MCA dream), so it
slumbered. A mobilization and a deployment also pulled
my attention away from this site.
Things that were benign and had no deeper
meaning are being scrutinized in this era of zero defect
mentality. Various words now evoke connotations which
NOBODY on the comp.sys.ps2.hardware newsgroup ever made.
The individuals that were listed here formed
an impromptu "support group" for IBM Micro Channel Systems,
long after IBM shoved MCA into the shadows. The
shattered remains of the PS/2 colossus are spread over
the internet, and we collect and share that information.
For anyone searching for the "real truth"
about this site (The Ardent Tool of Capitalism) please
It is mostly boring, techie, and a refusal to throw away
perfectly good computers "just because". As a last service
to those that struggled to keep our beloved systems
running, I am quite ready to answer inquiries about the
"MCA Militia". Only blood ever spilled was from those
darned MCA slot covers and the 95 side wall.
Always celebrate the true purpose of Micro
Channel - to serve it's users with (usually) rock solid
hardware, year after year!
Obey your Micro Channel urges - it's the logical thing to do.