pro-350 dumpster dive
julesrichardsonuk at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Feb 8 05:26:27 CST 2006
Tony Duell wrote:
>> At 11:08 AM 2/5/2006, joseph c lang wrote:
>>> I've been hanging around the dumpster again....
>>> I salvaged some DEC pro-350 parts.
>> I've got to ask - what sort of dumpster has Pro 350 parts in it?
> When I was at university (both undergrad and grad student), I had
> permission to 'skip dive' (same thing as dumpster diving, I guess). Among
> the things I recovered were :
> An HP2100A minicomputer with 7900 disk (that was in poor condtiion as it
> landed on the front panel) and paper tape reader
Heh. Apparently the Meiko CS1 transputer machine that I used to use at Kent
uni ended up in the skip (I think it was running at about 140 processors when
I was there). The story goes that some students rescued it and it went to the
Science Museum (and there is something on their asset list that *could* be
I need to make enquiries and find out how complete it is - hopefully it's all
there *and* all the docs etc. were saved too.
When I was at Kent though most of the surplus equipment was put out in
Computing for people to pick over prior to it going in the skip - needless to
say, the computing staff tended to take any workstations / minis home with
them before us mere mortals even saw it :)
> The test boards for the BBC micro
Those are not easy to find. Far as I know they only ever went to service
centres, so there can't have been that many built.
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