sad to report...
ajp166 at bellatlantic.net
Thu Dec 8 18:08:16 CST 2005
>Subject: Re: sad to report...
> From: Don North <ak6dn at mindspring.com>
> Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2005 15:39:32 -0800
> To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
> Cc: Classic Comp <classiccmp at classiccmp.org>
>When I worked for DEC back in the late 70s / early 80s, they had a
>wonderful scrap / salvage center in the Mill complex (basement of
>building 5 IIRC) that sold off 'scrapped' DEC parts to employees that
>would have otherwise gone to the smelter. Just about anything DEC made
>could show up there (albeit in pieces, not whole systems).
I took advantage of it as often as I could. I thingk I have every 871A
I got from there still.
>I seem to remember that DEC mgmt finally shut it down when they
>discovered that some employees were internally buying new DEC equipment,
>dismantling it and sending the pieces to 'scrap', where they would then
>go buy them for 'personal' use at a deep discount (I think the person
>running the salvage operation would put this good stuff aside when it
>arrived, for a small fee, of course).
It was that and also there were people decomissioning good scopes and
the like and "picking them up later". I got po'd there when I'd seen
a 575 scope in pristine condition and they wouldn't sell it to me. I
think it was less than a month later that it all hit the fan.
>I don't think it ever reopened after this fiasco.
No it didn't. I worked a special deal with my manager to get the
PDP-8E off of a permenent property pass and in my hands along with
a PDP11/23 in the lab that I was the only user.
However, I've been in several places and seen similar abuses cause
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