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Rod Smallwood rodsmallwood52 at
Thu Oct 15 07:27:07 CDT 2015

You want sentimental? I have a VT100 that I know I sold to a customer in 
1975 whilst at DEC and that came back a couple of years ago in a 
clearout pile from I know not where. I still had my old day book I in 
which kept  the serial numbers and there it was!! Needless to say 
surprise was not the one half of it! Forty years is a good age for any 
terminal. Its all cleaned up and looks and works as well as the day it 
came off the line at Westfield.

DEC had many plants like Westfield in Massachusetts. Most  companies 
would have an interplant bus service.
  DEC had a helicopter service. The pilots had nealy all been in Vietnam.
I heard the following story at a sales meeting.:

The helicopters would usually rise gently to 2000' and set course fo the 
next plant. Unless you asked how they had got on in SE Asia.
Then you got the "how to get to the drop zone whilst avoiding AAA, 
smallarms fire and ground to air missiles demo".
Aparrantly one guy said to the person sat next to him it's a pity you 
had your eyes closed when we flew under the high voltage wires.
You missed going under the bridge on the other side

Rod Smallwood

On 15/10/2015 04:16, Jon Elson wrote:
> On 10/14/2015 12:34 PM, Rod Smallwood wrote:
>> Sorry old chap just an example. I'm a old DEC guy. My biggest system 
>> is a VAX
>> I think the 360 was back in the days when they rented every thing so 
>> not much was left behind
>> Mind you I would not turn down a racks worth of AS400
> In the EARLY days of the 360, that was true, but in later days many 
> people owned their machines.  Washington University rented their 
> 360/50, but then bought a used 360/65, and then added two used 
> 370/145s.  Despite the number of 360s made, there are REALLY few left, 
> and I'm not sure anybody has any that run.  (Of course, with the SLT 
> modules, spares would be a REAL problem.)
> Yup, for sentimental reasons, I still have my MicroVAX-II here.
> Jon

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