On 05/14/2013 07:15 PM, Seth Morabito wrote:
Yup. I've been doing this long enough to notice
the trends now. About 8
to 10 years ago SGI stuff was listed locally on Craigslist with great
regularity, often with very low "just come take it away" kind of prices.
Octanes, O2s, Indys, occasionally Indigos and Indigo 2s (not as often)
could be had for $50 to $150 depending on configuration.
But I haven't seen any SGI equipment come up in a very long time now.
It's just dried up. People who were getting rid of it have gotten rid of
it. I notice you can still find Octanes and O2s on eBay for pretty
reasonable prices, but I haven't found one on CL in ages (but, then
again, I'm not really looking for that)
The same, as you say, is true of DEC stuff, which is much more my focus
of interest. 15 to 20 years ago (my God, has it really been that long?)
it was not at all uncommon to find a rack or two of PDP-11 or VAX stuff
sitting out on loading docks, often very nice stuff, just free for the
taking. Lots of terminals, lots of free VT-100s and VT-220s, lots of
DECwriter terminals. Now, it's all gone. Anything that was going to be
scrapped has been scrapped, anything that was going to remain in service
is still in service limping along on inceasingly expensive reseller
spares. The only source of the stuff is collector-to-collector (or
reseller-to-collector if you're made of money)
Such is life! I miss doing dumpster runs to get the cool stuff I loved
to find, but that's just the way it is. I'm not too happy about getting
older, either, but I can't do any more about that than I can do about
the supply of PDP-11s and VT-100s in the world! :)
I have seen this as well. It just makes me appreciate what I have
that much more.
(That said, I still would love to find a VR201
monitor, hint hint!)
Every VR201 I've seen in the past few years has had the "screen rot"
Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA