Blowing Up Old Computers

From: Paul Thompson <>
Date: Sun Aug 4 21:57:00 2002

On Sun, 4 Aug 2002, Mike Maginnis wrote:

> I wonder how long it will be before some fool donates a PDP or some
> other piece of kit we hold near and dear to our hearts, to these miscreants.
> Sure, it's amusing when it's a 286 being pipe-bombed, but probably not
> so much fun (for me, anyway) when they get their hands on an Amiga or a Sol.
> It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye...

My employer had a VAX 6000-530 which someone proposed selling sledgehammer
whacks at in the parking lot. The money was to go to charity but the idea
still stank.

Fortunately the machine was decommissioned during a November, when parking
lots are not hospitable places in Wisconsin, and space was needed urgently
in our data center so I was able to give this machine away to a list
member before the idea went any farther.
Received on Sun Aug 04 2002 - 21:57:00 BST

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