PDP-12 on eBay

From: Zane H. Healy <healyzh_at_aracnet.com>
Date: Mon Jan 13 12:19:00 2003

>> outweighs the supply side. I suppose (PDP-12s actually are not all THAT
>> rare).

True, there are at least two of them locally (unfortunatly/fortunatly, none
of them are in my possession, or available).

>I don't think the list is inherently DECcentric. The list is collectively
>what its members are. There are more DEC-heads than IBMers here. Get
>some more IBMers on board and even it out.

Could it by chance have something to do with the size of the systems, and
the avaialability of the Operating Systems and software (and even
documentation)? I know that in my case that's the reason for my interest
in DEC over IBM. It's more practical to concentrate on DEC.

For example, I pretty much always pick up any documentation I can find,
I've got probably 5-7 full size bookcases full of DEC documentation (that
doesn't include microfiche and electronic format). For IBM, I've got maybe
a third of one shelf. For DG, I've got a three-ring binder. Admitadly, I
look for DEC doc's, but still even more of it's found me, than I've found
of the other stuff.

OTOH, the first two pieces of my classic computer collection are IBM, a
hand-held card punch (still in almost prefect condition), and a wierd
magtape. I've had both for 20-30 years.

| Zane H. Healy                    | UNIX Systems Administrator |
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