(not) Why? And Dumpster Diving

From: William Donzelli <william_at_ans.net>
Date: Sat Jun 21 22:43:17 1997

> Ahhh, the joys of diving! We could probably get a pretty long thread out
> of this subject!

And why not! It is better than all of the complaining lately...

Best Dumpster treasure: Cray Y/MP boards.

I did not get the goodies, but a buddy did. Apparently one had been
decommissioned (and probably sold for scrap), but many of the spare parts
were not included in the sale, so they were just thrown away.

My personal best was finding a PDP-8/e that was literally thrown away, as
in _dropped_ out of the building into the waiting container below. It was
missing the bus loads card, so I could not test it. A few years later I
found a proper board, and the machine worked with out a problem. DEC
makes tough machines.

William Donzelli
Received on Sat Jun 21 1997 - 22:43:17 BST

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