Talking of old IBM systems
cclist at sydex.com
Wed Mar 24 10:30:51 CDT 2010
On 24 Mar 2010 at 9:16, blstuart at bellsouth.net wrote:
> I don't know about the ocean, but they did send them off to
> scrap yards and stuff to be demolished. I had a roommate in
> college who had worked at one of these places in high school
> and he had one of the 360 nameplates as a souvenir. And there
> was more than just OEMs to consider. Back then they'd lease
> you their grandmother but not sell much of anything. So
> when something went off lease and they had a new model,
> most customers were "gently" encouraged to lease the new
> one and IBM would pull the old one. So what to do with
> the old ones? Well, you can guess. Certainly couldn't have
> the older model in the used market to cut into leases on
> the new one...
There's another aspect to the problem, that CDC ran into during the
70's--that of used parts finding their way into the mainstream.
Apparently, this was enough of a problem that CDC ordered that any
decommissioned system be reduced to unusable junk. At SVLOPS I saw
CEs spend hours taking bolt cutters and hammers to disk drives and
one-of-a-kind systems (STAR 1-Bs) after stripping useful bits from
It hur to watch.
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