Old Computer Rescue?
hilpert at cs.ubc.ca
Fri Apr 1 18:59:42 CST 2005
John Lawson wrote:
> THAT IS A BENDIX G-15 PEOPLE!!!! AAAAAAIIIIEEEEEE NOOOOOO!!!!!!
> I'm waiting for a response back....
> OMIGOD - SOMEBODY **DO** SOMETHING!!!!!
For those who may not know, the Bendix G-15 is a small, drum-memory, tube-logic computer dating from the mid-late 1950s, same class of machine as Tom Jenning's LGP-30.
The typewriter-on-a-desk which the owner referred as being 'non-functional so it went in the trash' was the electromechanical system console (A Master-Writer made by IBM I believe, something like the Friden Flexowriter, going from the picture I have).
I certainly share the above sentiments, this is very sad if it has just been dismantled. It was a manageable piece of 50's computing (occupies just a corner of a room rather than a whole room). Paul Pierce also has one. Even rescuing parts such as the drum and heads, logic units, would be nice. Let us know if anyone gets anything.
A little while ago a friend who works at the telephone company told me they had recently trashed a PDP-8 that had been used as a controller for a pulse-dial testing/exerciser system. (Well, I thought he was a friend). He couldn't describe it to me so I have no idea what era/model it was.
Then a few weeks ago the guys at the radio museum dumpstered several late-60s NIXIE electronic calculators and some 70s-era computing stuff two days before I had a chance to see it or pick it up. For the sake of pleasantness I will forgo list readers my sentiments at the time.
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