Picking tubular locks

From: Bill Pechter <pechter_at_pechter.dyndns.org>
Date: Mon Sep 27 11:07:05 1999

> > For what it's worth - when I worked in the Cooler department here
> >at Coca-Cola we used a automotive dent puller (which is a kind of
> >slide hammer) to pull locks in vending machines. We had the hardest
> >type to break into because we used Abloy locks.
> I hope this is never necessary for a classic computer! For the DEC
> and DG machines that I'm familiar with and which used a real lock
> cylinder, all you have to do is remove the front panel, loosen a nut,
> and pull the cylinder. It does pay to look carefully before doing this,
> as when you put in the new cylinder you want the cam in the correct
> position to activate the microswitches.
> If you aren't patient enough to put in a new cylinder, you can use
> small objects (my favorites were guitar picks) to close the
> appropriate microswitches you need to operate the machine.
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The IBM service reps force open RS6000's bending the hell out of them to
get them open when locked. The problem is, unlike DEC's stuff
the lock on the RS6000 and other IBM's is a maintenance access lock
as well as a diagnostic service mode lock.


      Three things never anger: First, the one who runs your DEC,
      The one who does Field Service and the one who signs your check.
Received on Mon Sep 27 1999 - 11:07:05 BST

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