Restoration technique [Was: Re: Bay Area: IBM 4341 and HP3000]

Pontus Pihlgren pontus at Update.UU.SE
Mon Jan 12 06:29:11 CST 2015

On Sun, Jan 11, 2015 at 06:01:49PM -0800, Al Kossow wrote:
> So, no, there is very little in common with the base of people 
> collecting cars and computers and there will never be a 
> popular movement to preserve them other that as a platform for 
> playing games.

Not popular or widespread perhaps, but globally there are quite 
a number of people who wouldn't mind sinking their teeth in 
restoring a rare mainframe.

What I find bothersome is that the techniques for doing so isn't 
easy to learn. There are only a few with Tonys skill level and 
even fewer who cares about old electronics and yet fewer who 
document their knowledge, tools and tricks.

>From time to time I see young people (18 or so) enter the 
classic compuer hobby) but they have an uphill battle getting 
into the restoration part.

There seems to be lots and lots of books for restoring old cars 
and houses. Where are those books for computers?

Tony, when will you write one?


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