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IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 11 Jan 2019, 19:30
by elecplus
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xwq1J ... TogANG2iye This was sent to me by a fellow member here. We are getting a group together to sort it all out. If you live in Houston, or close by, and want to help, send me a PM!

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 11 Jan 2019, 19:36
by TheInverseKey
elecplus wrote:
11 Jan 2019, 19:30
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xwq1J ... TogANG2iye This was sent to me by a fellow member here. We are getting a group together to sort it all out. If you live in Houston, or close by, and want to help, send me a PM!
Model M Spotted!
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Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 11 Jan 2019, 19:36
by Engicoder
Who knows what treasures are hidden in the heap. Good luck!

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 11 Jan 2019, 19:40
by depletedvespene
Good luck! Wish I was there. :-)

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 12 Jan 2019, 01:41
by ClicksOnLinks
I'd love to come help, out of town unfortunately :(

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 12 Jan 2019, 01:46
by Noobmaen
Looks like a series 1 to the left, maybe there are 4978 terminals/keyboards too?

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 14 Jan 2019, 20:17
by elecplus
Stash will be sorted out early next Saturday morning in Katy, TX. If you are interested in carpooling with Xmit, there might be 1 seat left. Please send him a PM ASAP. If you are out of town and want to come down from the Michigan area, please send a PM to JP!

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 14 Jan 2019, 20:33
by XMIT
Looks like it's going to be a crowd at this point. Let's see what we find.

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 19 Jan 2019, 06:36
by JP!
Just a quick reminder that round 1 of the Houston haul will take place @ 10-10-30am (all day) on Saturday 1/19! The keyboards most likely will find new homes quickly but there are literally hundreds of towers and monitors and boxes filled with old computer books and manuals :shock: pm me for details. No way we can even make a dent in this pile so if you can't make it Saturday I can still put you in touch.


Note: this is the nearly empty unit. The main unit though is 15' x 30' and is filled basically to the ceiling by a master hoarder.
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Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 19 Jan 2019, 07:02
by Muirium
A master hoarder indeed. Those weighty CRTs piled on high, over better things, gives me the heebies. But such is the way of a hoard in the rough.

Best of luck with the harvest!

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 19 Jan 2019, 07:06
by mcmaxmcmc
Man, I wish I could've been there! It seems so fun to just dig and loot stuff. Too bad I'm in northern California. Wish the best of luck to everyone who's going! (someone get me a Model M/F if there's one from the pile for shipping price pls)

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 19 Jan 2019, 09:31
by matt3o
man, I would love one of those old IBM cases... but shipping and import would kill me

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 19 Jan 2019, 10:37
by kakan
Hope you may find many model m's and f's in good condition! And maybe a few rarities.

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 20 Jan 2019, 05:18
by JP!
So today Elecplus, Xmit, myself and a few others joined in for an adventure packed day of sifting through massive towers of computers and monitors. Although we did not get through everything, we covered a lot of ground but with better planning I think we definitely could have sorted through the whole stash in about half the time but everything we moved out that did not find a home had to go back.

Some of the keyboards (boxes more and wish I had more pictures) but some of these I either acquired or found interesting enough to take a picture of. There were lots of Model M's around, only a single Model F XT was found, a couple Leading Edge boards with blue Alps, and every variety of Apple keyboard one could imagine were there.
Spoiler:

This Atex terminal keyboard really was lovely. I would have liked to have this one. Haata has one though: Atex KDO158-01
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TI 924 Terminal Keyboard with green Alps
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Green Alps
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Yellow Alps
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Vintage MX Blues
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This Sun system keyboard found a new home with someone who has the system (2 of them) but was lacking a keyboard.
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MicroSwitch Hall Effect
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TI 931 Terminal Keyboard with brown Alps
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Xmit found this one among a pile of other Apple's with not so interesting switches. SKCM Amber switches in excellent condition.
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Vintage computer stuff that belongs in a museum:
Spoiler:
The state of things as we take things out and put things back. Interestingly enough, much of the equipment we handled had asset tags from the University of Minnesota, yet all of this ended up in Houston Texas :o
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This shirt is legit
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Sadly the rarest Apple stuff seemed to be at the bottom under several hundred pounds of junk. Today an Apple Lisa was also extricated from this disaster.
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Two PDP-11 systems with Kennedy tape drives and Atex terminal hardware were in the large unit with the two other large IBM systems.
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PDP-11/34 :shock:
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IBM Series 1 used by Honda Motors
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Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 20 Jan 2019, 05:26
by mcmaxmcmc
Wow, these are great finds! Congrats to all of you.

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 20 Jan 2019, 12:17
by depletedvespene
Thanks to all of you for your work.

Quick question: did you rescue out that Apple III in that picture in addition to an Apple Lisa?

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 20 Jan 2019, 14:45
by elecplus
depletedvespene wrote:
20 Jan 2019, 12:17
Thanks to all of you for your work.

Quick question: did you rescue out that Apple III in that picture in addition to an Apple Lisa?
The guy kept the Apple IIIs and the Lisa for eBay.

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 20 Jan 2019, 15:42
by digital_matthew
There's a keyboard that's very similar that Atex Terminal at the recycling center near me, but unfortunately it's in their "props rental" department and not for sale. Wish I could have been there! :)

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 20 Jan 2019, 17:31
by XMIT
What happened to that Atex Terminal? I was thinking of picking it up. Also what happened to that Epson board? What switches did the Epson board have?

I brought home the Micro Switch board (it's really a word processor) and a bunch of Model Ms. Photos if and when the kids give me a break...

I do have some thoughts on how to improve efficiency for next time:

- Get a dumpster. Ideally a few dumpsters: one for e-waste, one for cardboard and paper recycling, and one for trash.
- Get Gaylord boxes on pallets and a pallet jack. Use these for sorting.
- Aim to only move or touch things once. The fact that we pulled everything out, and then put it all back in, was a real productivity killer. Better would have been to move things once into a box, and then move that box with a pallet jack.
- Set up a video camera and have it record the whole time. It will record too much video, but, it's easier than stopping to take lots of photos.
- Everyone should have gloves, a headlamp, and good boots!

I discovered, and made sure to give away, the Model F XT that we found, and the two Apple IIc's with Taxicab yellows. They're, IMO, nicer than Blue Alps.

You find all sorts of things in hunts like this. I personally brought home a bunch of stuff for the kids: old Xbox 360 games, some stuffed animals, a toy robot, some science kits, and a few other knick knacks. I may go back sometime.

Thanks to all who were there yesterday!

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 20 Jan 2019, 18:34
by abrahamstechnology
Save some of the old PCs! I know I'm very bogged down in projects and schoolwork but I'd take one!

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 20 Jan 2019, 19:09
by XMIT
Can you please be more specific about what you'd like? Are you willing to pay for shipping?

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 20 Jan 2019, 19:59
by JP!
Thanks for the pro tips. It's doubtful I will do anything like this in the near future but I've thought the same before and this ended up being a spur of the moment opportunity. If I do come across something to this scale I'll try and do some things a bit differently but maybe cases like these are best suited to the professionals.

The Epson has linear Fujitsu leaf springs and the Atex terminal display and keyboard are still in the unit. Also that other Apple IIc I left behind.

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 20 Jan 2019, 21:46
by abrahamstechnology
XMIT wrote:
20 Jan 2019, 19:09
Can you please be more specific about what you'd like? Are you willing to pay for shipping?
What do you have? I'd pay for shipping.

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 20 Jan 2019, 22:52
by abrahamstechnology
What's that Hewlett Packard near the IBMs?

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 21 Jan 2019, 00:49
by imdatperson
If anybody is looking to sell anything they got I'd be interested PM me! Good Haul!

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 21 Jan 2019, 02:42
by XMIT
JP!, after this, you /are/ one of the professionals. :P

abrahamstechnology, there were a bunch of PS/1, PC XT, 286 and 386 systems of various generations. I may go back some time soon.

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 21 Jan 2019, 03:14
by abrahamstechnology
XMIT wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 02:42
JP!, after this, you /are/ one of the professionals. :P

abrahamstechnology, there were a bunch of PS/1, PC XT, 286 and 386 systems of various generations. I may go back some time soon.
I'm interested!

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 21 Jan 2019, 04:09
by ZedTheMan
If someone could please get that Apple IIc board left in the unit I really would like it. We can talk about a price as well as shipping via PM, I'd really like to try Amber Alps.

Edit: assuming it is attached to the original machine and it is in working or repairable condition, I do promise to replace the switches so that the unit is not left unusable, and to restore for personal use or for another collector.

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 21 Jan 2019, 05:13
by mcmaxmcmc
XMIT wrote:
20 Jan 2019, 17:31
I brought home the Micro Switch board (it's really a word processor) and a bunch of Model Ms. Photos if and when the kids give me a break...
Hey, I'll take 1 of those Ms if you have too much ;)
XMIT wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 02:42
..., there were a bunch of PS/1, PC XT, 286 and 386 systems of various generations. I may go back some time soon.
I'm also interested in 1 of those systems (most notably the XT), but I'll have to take shipping price into account. ;)

Re: IBM stash in Houston

Posted: 21 Jan 2019, 05:16
by mcmaxmcmc
XMIT wrote:
20 Jan 2019, 17:31
I brought home the Micro Switch board (it's really a word processor) and a bunch of Model Ms. Photos if and when the kids give me a break...
Hey, I'll take 1 of those Ms if you have too much ;)
XMIT wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 02:42
..., there were a bunch of PS/1, PC XT, 286 and 386 systems of various generations. I may go back some time soon.
I'm also interested in 1 of those systems (most notably the XT), but I'll have to take shipping price into account. ;)