Straight 8 -- front panel repair

From: Vintage Computer Festival <>
Date: Thu Feb 12 18:58:37 2004

On Thu, 12 Feb 2004, ben franchuk wrote:

> > Nisler's PDP-8 is scrap. It can be restored, but I think it makes no
> > sense whatsoever to take apart Pete's PDP-8 to supply parts for Nisler's
> > machine. It should be the other way around if anything.
> I beg to differ. Both people need a front pannel to say the least.
> Both people have talents skills and hardware that need to shared.
> While Nisler's PDP-8 is only a pile of parts right now, Kermit
> may still live if he can compare it to a working 8. Pete lacks the
> hardware know how to get his 8 working. Fixing Kirmit and Pete's
> 8 togther gives both people a chance to learn more.
> I posted this message to cctalk in the hopes of people with
> straight 8's and other 8's to share knowlage and information.

Ben, PA-lease! Have we both seen the same photos of Nisler's PDP-8? His
machine got CREAMED. As I stated before, it can be restored, but I would
NOT take parts from another machine (as you seemingly suggested in your
last message), such as Pete's, which, from the description, sounded like
it was 1,000,000 times more readily restorable than Nisler's. It just
had paint peeling off the front panel glass. Nisler's is a pile of scrap
sitting amidst the rubble of a condemned house.

"Kermit" is not a person, it's a computer. A smashed computer. And no
matter how you want might want to personify it (calling it Kermit is cute
but doesn't help) it still doesn't change the fact that it has one foot
in the scrap bin.

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