Decisions you regret Was: Mystery IC: Allen Bradley

Mike Boyle tulsamike3434 at
Thu Dec 17 11:53:32 CST 2015

On Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 7:41 PM, <steven at> wrote:

> My Dad used to bring home bits of dead System/360 from work, my brother
> and I
> would of course pull this stuff to bits 'just to see what was inside'.
> Printer trains, SLT cards, a pile of SMS cards from his earlier workings
> with
> IBM 650s, all sorts of bits of electronic and electromechanical items. Dad
> turned a punched-card sorter chassis into a workshop bench, I recall it was
> dark charcoal grey and had a pull-out bucket on the front, not sure if
> that was
> for cards or chads.
> One thing we had fun with was one of those 2260 delay line units recently
> discussed here. Inside the box was a beautifully coiled length of
> Nichrome(?)
> wire, zooiiinnggg that was out, played with by stretching and tapping on
> the wire,
> and most likely thrown out.
> I had a complete General Automation SPC-16 minicomputer in a 6' rack,
> ASR33,
> two Documation card readers, disk packs with DBOS I think. This took up
> quite a
> bit of room in my flat so I sold it off very very cheaply, practically
> gave it
> away. Wish I had it now, of course. Along with my S-100 system, that went
> to the
> same buyer, a uni student I recall.
> Dad brought home a disposed-of 2741 I/O Selectric we were going to
> interface to our
> F-8. Never got done so it sat in the cupboard for decades. It disappeared
> when my
> folks moved interstate.
> Recently I found the platen from it in their garden shed. It still has the
> terminal-
> style knobs on the ends, like on the 1052 terminal but grey instead of
> blue. I'll
> save that for the time I get around to looking at some form of Selectric
> I/O, or
> at least as a keepsake of the stuff we had :)
> Steve.


The word decision I have ever regret is back in 1993 I was living in Oregon
working in the lumber Industry but all the " TREE HUGGER's"
Were shutting down most of the lumber Co. So I got a job offer in OKC from
a friend who said " YOU HAVE TO GET INTO THE OIL INDUSTRY!!! and I left
behind my Mint Apple IIc with the original mini screen! That piece of
machinery IMO was on of the best Apple products of all time! I remember on
payday after I went and payed all my bills on "BILL DAY" as I called it I
used to go to the thrift store that was overflowing with old computer stuff
I have seen many of the older computer's that were mentioned here in the
newsgroup unfortunately at the time I had no clue what I was even looking
at in fact back then I just thought they were " PART OF A BROKEN TV OR SOME
OTHER PIECE OF ELECTRONIC TRASH lol Oh BOY I was so very wrong! So very
wrong! If I could have known then what I have learned from the great group
of people here in *cctalk at <cctalk at>* I would
be sitting on a gold mine! But it's just like my Adopted father said the
reason I said adopted is that my parents were late into there 50's when
they adopted me so anyway He told me one time he had an old model T ford he
said it broke down on him on a very bad day so he just pushed it off the
side of the road and walked off and just left it, Just think how much it
would be worth now fully restored. It's funny how we do that as younger
people. Shoot even some of my childhood toys like I have a Bobs Big-Boy
piggy bank thats worth quite a bit to BB-B collectors.

*Honda ATC 3wheeler's for
LIFE!!!                                                               Have
a blessed day!*

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