A Great Find & A Defense of E-Bay

From: William Donzelli <aw288_at_osfn.org>
Date: Fri Jun 16 20:44:58 2000

> More like oil, plenty of its down there, you just need to drill deeper. Do
> you think the stockpile of old DEC stuff John found this year is the ONLY
> one? I hope not.

Of course not. That DEC pile was huge, but other piles do turn up (wasn't
there one in Delaware about three years ago?). Smaller, yet sizable
caches pop up as well. RCS/RI has certainly done well - one early haul
involved three PDP-12s (one a super-12), two LINC-8s, a Packard Bell 250,
a Univac card punch, and a number of PDP-8 and -11 systems. All
from one place. More recently, RCS and RICM came across a cache of IBM
stuff - mostly semi-interesting hardware, but also something like 800
pounds of documentation - service manuals and the like - for non-PC
systems dating all the way back to 1960.

Look, and you shall find them. I am always running into piles of old
surplus radio and radar gear (my main interest), one of which makes the
DEC pile look tiny. Radar gear or old computers - the piles look the same
from a distance.

William Donzelli
Received on Fri Jun 16 2000 - 20:44:58 BST

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