From: John B <>
Date: Thu Nov 25 07:22:59 1999

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Ford <>
To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
Date: Thursday, November 25, 1999 3:45 AM
Subject: Grrrrrr

>>> Grrrrrr.
>>I agree with you, Dave- it seems that recently there's been a surge of
>>"this or that computer is junk, it's only worth scrap for metals content.
>>I'll enjoy scrapping this one" As I recall, indiscriminate bashing of any
>This is an iceberg kind of thing, 90%+ of old computers are going to the
>shredders, or just as bad sitting in some deteriorating environment. 90% of
>the rest is getting dismantled for parts, and only a tiny number are being
>kept "operational".
>My attitude is that you can love the forest, and still build a wooden house
>with a fireplace.
>The way to save old systems is to hunt them down and buy them. Offer 7
>cents a pound and you might win every scrap bid in the country. Want to
>stop a system from being scrapped, three words are all it takes, "I'll buy

You got it. That's why I am listing what I am getting here so people *have*
an opportunity to get something they would probably never find. I just hope
I don't have the same bad experiences local companies/scrappers have had
with hobbyists in the past. Bottom line... if you want a Vax 11/780 you'd
better be willing to shell out the money to have it professionally shipped
or pick it up with a *real* truck.

Received on Thu Nov 25 1999 - 07:22:59 GMT

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