IBM mainframe goes for 99 cents

From: Tom Jennings <>
Date: Fri Feb 25 14:20:22 2005

On Thu, 24 Feb 2005, JimD wrote:

> Talk about a mainframe, well actually a real big farm, take a look at this.
> Still listed in the top 500 supers. Battell surplus. zero bids, $12,500
> starting bid.

Battelle owned the Nova 4 I have... pointless coincidence.

Tape robots! I visited McDonnell-Douglas's computer center in St.
Louis MO around 1984? 1985? The St. Louis FidoNet crowd worked
there and had a computer club that met there. I remember it as
football-field sized room. They had at least one 1/2" tape open
reel library/robot that fed two drives, many you wouldn't want to
be inside that dimwitted thing while it was operating. It stuck
its arm outside to mount/dismount tape drives just outside the
room, like a captive lunatic. Great fun. I imagine it was Fun when
things went terribly wrong.

> I would get it, if I had free power.

And free real estate! :-)
Received on Fri Feb 25 2005 - 14:20:22 GMT

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