> At one of my usual electronics surplus stores the other day,
> they told me "If I'm into old computers.... go see this scrap
> dealer" and gave me the address. My interest was piqued, as
> it was not one I was already familiar with. So, I headed out
> there today.
And this is where? Or are you silent to protect the stash :-)
A couple of days ago several people were discussing their problems with
a couple of DG Novas. I mentioned that I had just seen one in a scrap yard
and a couple of people asked me to check on getting it for parts. I went
back there today and the Nova was still there and it looks complete.
HOWEVER the owner of the yard informed me that he is no longer selling ANY
surplus to anybody for any reason. I talked to him and found out that the
US Government is now requiring all surplus and scrap dealers to keep
DETAILED records of EVERY piece of equipment that they sell! Furthermore
they must ensure that NONE of it goes overseas. As you can imagine there's
no way that a scrap yard owner can handle the massive amounts of paperwork
that would be involved and there is absolutely no way to ensure that none
of it goes overseas. Supposedly this is coming from the Department of
Homeland Security and has something to do with 9/11. (Have you noticed that
every new, rediculous requirement is in response to 9/11?) This is a
requirement of the US Government but the owner says that a number of
independent companies are also giving him the same requirement. However he
says that it's not worth the trouble to try and keep the
government/non-government stuff separate, he's just going to destroy
everything! If this is as drastic as it sounds then I think we've seen the
end of surplus forever!
Any thoughts on this?
I'm trying to construct an OS/8 environment under SIMH. I'm trying to
use an RK05 device for the SYS volume, but can't seem to get the BUILD
procedure right. The OS/8 distribution I grabbed is dectape images
of V3D from http://www.pdp8.net/images/images/misc_dectapes.shtml.
Here's what I've done so far:
sim> at dt0 Dectapes/AL-4711C-BA.tu56
DT0: 12b format, buffering file in memory
sim> at dt1 Dectapes/AL-4712C-BA.tu56
DT1: 12b format, buffering file in memory
sim> at rk0 sys.dsk
sim> at rk1 user.dsk
sim> b dt0
At this point, I can't seem to INSERT or SYS anything resembling an
RK05 system disk. If I:
then I can:
but when I try to do BOOTSTRAP I get:
I also fiddled with PIP and the /Y and /S flags, trying to just build
a copy of the tape on the disk, to no avail.
I'm sure I'm just a dunderhead. Can anyone provide some hints?