What is the most amount of money you've spent on a computer or computer-related item?

Shaun Halstead shaunhalstead at gmail.com
Thu Jan 12 15:29:18 CST 2017

On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 3:08 PM, Al Kossow <aek at bitsavers.org> wrote:

> $15,000 for a used Mekel microfiche scanner in the early-2000's

  I have a Mekel M565 and an M525, with the greyscale interface card,
sitting in my office.  They were a parting gift from my boss when we closed
the old company down.  They get periodic use, though the scan element on
the 565 has seen better days.

It turned out to be just past prototype stage, was missing the pneumatic
> fiche handler
> and never really got it working at production volumes. The small number of
> fiche scans
> on bitsavers from around then was the sum total of the output.

  I never found the pneumatic loader to be reliable enough to be useful.
Even when we were running our 565 eight hours a day, we hand loaded

  The most I, personally, have spent on computer gear was probably the $25
I gave for my microVAX-II back in 1999 or 2000.  That was the same auction
where I bought a pallet of HP work stations for $25.

--Shaun, k0per

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