Selling Calcomp 565 plotter

Ethan Dicks ethan.dicks at
Tue Feb 9 16:00:30 CST 2010

On Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 4:31 PM, Cameron Kaiser <spectre at> wrote:
>> My parents, too.  In high school (1982), I had a PDP-8/L and a PDP-8/i
>> in my room.  Still have them.  The fun part was wheeling the empty
>> H960 rack down the street when I moved into my first college
>> apartment.
> My childhood seems so deprived by comparison.

Combination of opportunity and luck - I've posted many times on that
-8/L.  Because I had that, I knew what an -8/i was when I saw it
(because I had the 1968 Small Computer Handbook).  I was called in to
"fix the mainframe" and found that mostly, it was just 60% of the
bulbs being burned out.  At $2.50 per bulb from 1-800-DIGITAL, the
previous owner decided to let me haul it away rather than pay that
much in materials.

I learned more than one lesson that day - one of the most enduring is
that there's plenty of room in a VW Microbus for two DEC racks and the
stuff that goes in them.  ;-)


P.S. - I still have the Microbus, too.

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