Univac on eBay - was RE: System/32 update...

From: Jules Richardson <julesrichardsonuk_at_yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Mon Aug 9 05:03:34 2004

On Mon, 2004-08-09 at 09:29, Andy Holt wrote:
> > how about a Univac 90 30 ?
> >
> >
> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=162&item=3740834255
> > Mmmmm. Nice. I hope someone in the UK can grab this.
> I asked the vendor about manuals and tapes:
> >>>>>
> You asked:
> "Two of the most important things about trying to preserve antique computers
> are the manuals and the operating system distribution tapes. If these have
> not been thrown away (as happens all to often!) please do not do so! Are
> they included in this lot and, if not, is it intended to either give them to
> a computer museum or to sell them? Andy"
> We have cupboards full of documentation and magnetic tape. What is on them I
> have no ides, but I will throw it all in. Regards, Nick
> <<<<<
> This is too big for me to take on, but I hope a collector rather than a
> scrapper will buy it.

It's possible I could house the docs and tapes at Bletchley if it comes
to it, but that would be in very much less-than-ideal conditions. Plus
the future of things is very much uncertain there at present.

I know that both the Science Museum and Manchester are out of storage
space though, so at least housing them at Bletchley would give it a stay
of execution if landfill was the alternative.

Actually, the whole machine would be nice, but we're not allowed any
more room to display things as it is (despite all the empty buildings!)
so all it could do is sit out of the public eye. Plus of course being a
museum we're not in much of a position to actually spend money on
anything :-(


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