[Fwd: raising awareness re: classic hardware]

Mr Ian Primus ian_primus at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 8 21:06:52 CDT 2006

> While I think the scrapper is shooting himself in
> the foot by lumping all
> DEC PDP-11 stuff together, he does have a point.
> Many DEC cards are
> extremely common. Everybody seems to have a pile.
> Put one up on Ebay, and
> you might only get a couple or three bucks.

The thing that ticks me off about eBay is that people
tend to junk a machine and just sell the boards on
eBay - and me, wanting to get a PDP-11 or a Vax, runs
into the problem where I see lots of boards, but no
computers. No chassis. It seems that I can find all
the parts for the computer except for the
chassis/backplane. I have an 11/73, but I don't have
anything Unibus, I don't have a spare chassis, I'd
love to have another system to work with, and I would
love to find an ethernet card for my 11/73 but I guess
I look on eBay at the wrong times or something. A
quick search now reveals a bunch of boards, none
ethernet, and a couple 8's - that I'm sure will go way
out of my price range, and one 11. I guess it's out
there, but it does seem to be much, much harder to get
a computer than the parts thereof.

Just what I've noticed.

Ian Primus
ian_primus at yahoo.com

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