A Tragedy Averted

From: Ward Griffiths and/or Lisa Rogers <gram_at_cnct.com>
Date: Wed May 21 14:00:34 1997

Here in New Jersey, many towns have periodic "cleanout" garbage
collections in which the residents are allowed to throw away just about
anything their hearts no longer desire. Furniture, appliances, you name
it -- they'll pick it up and cart it to a landfill. There are usually
lots of pickup trucks and vans roaming the streets the night before,
since much can be salvaged -- and there are some severely depressed areas
not far away, such as Newark.

Last night my fiancee spotted a serviceable couch two blocks from our
house and dragged me over to help her lug it home -- we just finished a
room in the attic and it needs furnishing. Two houses away from the couch
someone had placed a TRS-80 Model II, its disk expansion bay, and a Line
Printer VI by the curb. I could not allow this to be buried in
Pennsylvania. There were also a couple of Wyse 50 terminals which will
work fine on my various *nix boxen. While I was loading these treasures
into the car, the perpetrator carried out sundry other
(non-computer-related) items to the curb, and I asked him about the
system. Seems that while it still works, he's out of space and hadn't
used the system since he moved his body shop's bookkeeping systems to
newer hardware. He said that he had a bunch of software in the attic, so
call him in about a week. Then he brought out and presented me with a
Kaypro 10. So it looks like at least part of the weekend is spoken for,
while I clean these machines and check their functionality. Eight bits
Ward Griffiths
"America is at that awkward stage.  It's too late to work within 
the system, but too early to shoot the bastards." --Claire Wolfe
Received on Wed May 21 1997 - 14:00:34 BST

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