another one missed
hilpert at cs.ubc.ca
Sun Feb 17 02:05:39 CST 2008
A fellow I knew years ago just phoned me for some help rejuvenating some old
analog instrumentation chart recorders - he collects such stuff apparently. He
works as an operator at one of the oil depots in the region (downsized from a
refinery a couple of years ago) and is preparing displays for their 50th anniversary.
After the instrumentation stuff was discussed, and knowing where he worked, I
started telling him the story of the scrapped Foxboro processor at the old
refinery closer to me (I told that story on the list a couple of years ago),
kind of angling to find out what might be the state of the old computer control
system where he worked.
He said "Do you know 'Digital' computers? When the refinery was decomm'ed we
threw out an 11/70, it was spread across like 4 racks. Boy, I woulda called ya
if I knew you were into stuff like that, it was sad to see it scrapped."
(.. and just checked the 11/40 on ebay to see it hit over $1000.)
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