(fwd) PDP 11/34...more info (fwd)

From: James Willing <jimw_at_agora.rdrop.com>
Date: Wed Jun 11 11:19:50 1997

On Tue, 10 Jun 1997, Sam Ismail wrote:

> My GOD! Has anyone seen this??? SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING!
> Sam
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Computer Historian, Programmer, Musician, Philosopher, Athlete, Writer, Jackass
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> here's the major info about the mini's now sitting under the Tucson
> sun, soon to be landfill......

<extensive and disturbing list of items deleted>

> I doubt this stuff will be around for more than a day or two.....


Seen it yes, agonized over it, YES!

This seems to be yet another example of what seems to be the start of a
disturbing trend. (NOTE: the poster of the original message is *not* the
person who has set this gear on the road to destruction - don't give him
grief on this!)

A message, sent out at the *last minute* by someone who has gear but is
unwilling to put any effort into its salvation even if money if offered to
do so.

I've probably responded to 5 or 6 of these in the past two weeks, even to
the point with some of offering to pay packaging and shipping for the
boards out of the units if they did not find a taker for the whole unit
rather than see it all go to waste. To date, all of these requests have
been refused. The most common statement: (paraphrased) "if it does not go
complete, I will not part it out". (no, it will just go to the dump!)

Just don't know what to do with these types... Unfortunately, I don't
have the resources to jump on a plane or send a shipping company out each
time one of these pop up.

Mayhaps, as a parallel to the 'Classic Computer Index", we need to develop
a 'Classic Computer Collectors Index' so that we know where others are
when things like this pop up so that we could have some local options.
Even if a person did not want the particular item, they might be able to
pick it up while arrangements were made to get it to someone who did want

Or am I just dreaming out loud?

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