Austin Goodwill computer works

jwsmobile jws at
Fri Jun 26 16:45:29 CDT 2015

That is pretty sad to hear.

The item is the notebook / diary detailing the restoration of their 
PDP8/s (or I think it is of theirs).  Undoubtedly donated by someone who 
may have thought it would remain there.  I suspect unless the items are 
going to organizations, they will show up soon on ebay.

The buyer in this case showed he had done 90% of his recent business all 
over items from there, and if you look at their queue it is easy to see why. 

I just hope it's not one of the psychos on ebay that one has to deal 
with with a lot of items, but it probably is.  I'm going to go back thru 
the AGCW feedback given to see what else they got, but I suspect its not 
a collector.

Any word where such items as the PDP8/s and such stand?  If the recent 
example of the Apple 1 donation is any indication the people that are 
doing the selling are probably not getting the best for their dispersion 
of the collection.  In the Apple case 200k is way under what it probably 
could have fetched, and whoever got it (and probably whoever sold it) 
make out like banditos.


On 6/26/2015 12:27 PM, Brendan Shanks wrote:
> Yep they started selling/giving away their collection few months ago: 
> Brendan
> On Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 11:58 AM, jwsmobile <jws at 
> <mailto:jws at>> wrote:
>     Does anyone have access to the museum that was at Austin Goodwill?
>     It seems to be going out on ebay as we speak. Also there is a
>     bidder for the good stuff that has vacuumed up 90% of the stuff,
>     so I'm smelling some sort of thing going one.
>     They have a PDP8/S and they just sold off a significant artifact
>     related to that, which is what has me wondering. I'm going to call
>     and see if anyone has a story that way, but wondered if anyone
>     here has any info too.
>     There are a lot of nice things going out which could have
>     explanations as being recent donations, but not the 8/s artifact.
>     It seems to be custom related to the 8/s.
>     thanks
>     Jim

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