A. G. Carrick
gcarrick at cse.uta.edu
Sat Sep 3 23:45:24 CDT 2005
Well, I have a bit of a dilemma and I am seeking advice. (No flames,
please.) As so many on this list I abhor seeing things scraped if they are
useful. As with much of the older mainframe stuff, however, it is very big,
and an isolated unit is not generally useful by itself. So here is my
problem. Our museum is a part of a big state university. I go by the surplus
department once in a while and see some interesting stuff that I take back
to our space and add to our inventory. If it has a residual value on the
books then it is transferred to our department. If it is not on the books
then I just take it and there is no record of it. In the latter cases I have
been known to swap newer stuff for other older stuff we are interested in.
Yesterday I went by and there was a nice IBM 3725 front end processor. It is
not anything attractive for a museum visitor to look at. It takes up a lot
of valuable display space (roughly 2 racks & about 5' tall) for something
kind of obscure (for most people) and not at all visually interesting.
Now I have no idea what our surplus department generally does with such
things. Assuming that there is no actual market for it, I could probably go
over there and get it for our museum. Right now I could probably even store
it, at least until something more attractive came along. On the other hand,
when we get to the point that we are a bona-fide museum, with lots of
visitors, I can see raising some much needed cash by parting this thing out.
I am sure there are lots of boards and control panels that could be sold
individually. I would envision tagging these parts as being a souvenir of
the museum, much as I will with punched cards, 8" floppy disks, 5-1/4"
I guess a third alternative would be to sell or trade it to somebody on the
list for something that is more visually interesting and perhaps smaller.
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