University of Michigan Property Depot report

From: William Donzelli <>
Date: Tue Sep 28 22:53:33 2004

> After a super-early workday, I bailed early and headed over to University of
> Michigan property disposition to see what's what. Still available was a
> complete S/390 Generation IV for around $1000. This thing is destined for
> the scrap yard if no one can, figuratively, pick it up.

Considering how S/390s are starting to get decommishioned, $1000 is a
little too pricey. They won't get a huge amount for scrap, either.

> Also available is a
> RS/6000, though I couldn't get into the cabinet to see what processors it
> had. An IBM 9-track reel-to-reel cab was next to the RS/6000, but I couldn't
> identify it.

Could you describe it?

I have been looking for references to an IBM 9 track that came after the
3420. Their biggest feature was that each drive had a huge green LED
matrix panel mounted above to let you know what the drive was doing from a
football field away.

William Donzelli
Received on Tue Sep 28 2004 - 22:53:33 BST

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