Decisions you regret Was: Mystery IC: Allen Bradley

Daniel Seagraves dseagrav at
Wed Dec 16 16:26:57 CST 2015

> On Dec 16, 2015, at 3:58 PM, <mark at> <mark at> wrote:
> I'm going to go shoot myself now.

At least nothing you’ve destroyed was the last example on earth.

I drove two RM03s cross-country without locking the heads, then destroyed a stack of rare PDP-10 disk packs (including a RED pack and an ITS system pack) by trying to read them. I failed to recognize the screeching metal-on-metal sound as bad and ruined one pack after another, only realizing what I had done after they were all gone.

I then lost a TU45 and its formatter by failing to take it with me when I got kicked out of my mother’s house. I left it behind with a set of maintenance manuals and schematics for the IBM System/34, all of which were scrapped and/or dumped by my mother’s new boyfriend.

No amount of penance and/or self-loathing will ever recover those bits, but I hate myself and kick myself all the same.

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