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Unknown_K
October 31st, 2013, 05:46 PM
I snagged an Overload Loader Express DLT changer system for around $20 shipped. In the picture it doesn't look that big but the thing is heavy as hell and about the size of a tower case on its side. Now I have to figure out where to put this thing.

NeXT
October 31st, 2013, 06:01 PM
The first time I ever saw a PDP-8/e.
They looked smaller and lighter but nope, it took two guys to carry the thing up a flight of stairs and into a display room.

Doug G
November 1st, 2013, 10:23 AM
The first time I ever saw a PDP-8/e.
They looked smaller and lighter but nope, it took two guys to carry the thing up a flight of stairs and into a display room.Brings back memories of just me getting pdp-8/e out of the rack and carrying it out to my car. They were somewhere on the north side of 100lb I think.
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NeXT
November 1st, 2013, 11:12 AM
Brings back memories of just me getting pdp-8/e out of the rack and carrying it out to my car. They were somewhere on the north side of 100lb I think.


I had that feeling when I got my 11/84 system.
The tape drive and system itself were moderately heavy but I could handle them. Then along came the RA82 which felt like it was made of lead. Ended up ripping the top off an office chair and wheeling it to my car and then into the house later.

commodorejohn
November 1st, 2013, 11:34 AM
Yeah, my MicroPDP-11/73 took me off-guard - I'd even seen it in the recycle center before I bought it, but it wasn't until I got it in the car that I realized just how freakin' big it was - and it's not even a full rack PDP-11 system, just a big-ass tower...it was an adventure getting it down the stairs and into my apartment by my lonesome!

glitch
November 1st, 2013, 11:37 AM
100 Amp disconnects are /much/ larger than their 60 Amp cousins. I think that's been about the only item that showed up and was a lot /larger/ than I expected.

barythrin
November 1st, 2013, 01:54 PM
I guess I do have one. A dual 8" floppy for an Altair. A lot heavier than the Altair (8800bt). On the flip side, I recently purchased an Altair 680. I was quite surprised to see the lack of weight and size vs a regular Altair (well the bt is the closest I have). Feels almost like a toy is comparison.

High_Treason
November 1st, 2013, 03:07 PM
All I can think of is the heatsink I bought for a Duron-based machine I built in the early 2000's, I hadn't seen one before (P166 was probably the newest machine I'd worked on) and ordered an Athlon 1400 rated heatsink (I always 'overdo' it with cooling... I call it being prepared) expecting it to be maybe twice the size of the Pentium one, anyone remember Jungle.com? That's where it came from and they didn't have a picture when I ordered. Once that machine was going I used to keep looking inside because I was worried it might fall off with just two tiny clips holding it.

The other was probably the Gravis Ultrasound, I thought it would be about the size of an SB16... I was wrong, though it's possibly the best $100~ I ever spent, it came with the memory maxed out and everything and has been an unstoppable force in my demo watching rampages (The neighbors love Xaos, especially in the early hours of the morning) and Jazz Jackrabbit playing.

Chuck(G)
November 1st, 2013, 03:20 PM
Mostly, I've been surprised at how small things are when they're delivered.

SomeGuy
November 1st, 2013, 03:31 PM
I once had to set up a bunch of Compaq Deskpro EN P333 machines when they were new. They were about the size of a regular full size desktop PC, but darn those things were heavy! Did they make the power supplies out of pure led or something?

nige the hippy
November 5th, 2013, 01:43 PM
The AES plus I bought on ebay about 4 years ago. from a flat in the attic of an old Georgian house. It must have weighed about half a hundredweight. The stairs creaked & sloped alarmingly all the way down, the balustrade was made of a delicate filligree of match-thin wood, and I was a wreck by the time I got to the bottom.

arrow_runner
November 5th, 2013, 02:10 PM
That's what she said?

Unknown_K
January 17th, 2014, 04:06 PM
I never learn. Today I got in a fridge.. I mean HP Surestore Optical 20XT. it is a huge upright 16 bay 5.25" 1.3GB MO jukebox. Will look great next to my HP Netserver LC 2 Dual P2-300 which is slightly smaller.

http://www.tbfcomputing.com/ebaypicture/2.29.12ps100_8177.jpg

fatwizard
January 18th, 2014, 04:01 PM
That's what she said?

:D:D I think that joke is funny, I don't care what the wife says.

deathshadow
January 20th, 2014, 07:19 PM
I can think of a few times ... one of the biggest shock-wise was my Ge8800 GTS (http://battletech.hopto.org/images/ge8800GTS/heres_the_card.jpg) -- the first dual slot card I'd ever ordered, I wasn't at all prepared for the sheer size of it; particularly coming from a 7600GT (top) (http://battletech.hopto.org/images/ge8800GTS/old_cards.jpg) or thinking that my Voodoo 5 was a massive card. (http://battletech.hopto.org/images/ge8800GTS/maybe_go_back_to_oldschool.jpg)

Was far less shocked when I got a GTX 260, which was about 2" longer just because I knew it was coming... The laugh being both are bigger than the GTX 770 I'm running now... and absolutely dwarfs the 650TI Boost in my media center/steamOS box.

Another good shocker was my Thermaltake Frio -- my first "modern" cooler... Even then I had thought that it prepared me until I got a Noctua DH-14, which is still smaller what went into my current build, a Phanteks PH-TC14PE.

Hmm. Need to take some pics of my current build's guts.

EverythingIBM
January 22nd, 2014, 11:51 PM
Yep. This thing:
http://www.retrosound.de/jupiter4kl.jpg

It was SO much larger than I anticipated.

Unknown_K
January 23rd, 2014, 01:46 AM
I can think of a few times ... one of the biggest shock-wise was my Ge8800 GTS (http://battletech.hopto.org/images/ge8800GTS/heres_the_card.jpg) -- the first dual slot card I'd ever ordered, I wasn't at all prepared for the sheer size of it; particularly coming from a 7600GT (top) (http://battletech.hopto.org/images/ge8800GTS/old_cards.jpg) or thinking that my Voodoo 5 was a massive card. (http://battletech.hopto.org/images/ge8800GTS/maybe_go_back_to_oldschool.jpg)

Was far less shocked when I got a GTX 260, which was about 2" longer just because I knew it was coming... The laugh being both are bigger than the GTX 770 I'm running now... and absolutely dwarfs the 650TI Boost in my media center/steamOS box.

Another good shocker was my Thermaltake Frio -- my first "modern" cooler... Even then I had thought that it prepared me until I got a Noctua DH-14, which is still smaller what went into my current build, a Phanteks PH-TC14PE.

Hmm. Need to take some pics of my current build's guts.

My Voodoo 5 AGP also surprised me when I got it new. Didn't know it needed its own power connection (first time I seen that) and it didn't fit in my case because of the size (promptly ordered a new case motherboard ram etc).

I also was a little surprised about the 8800 GTS cards (I ordered a pair for SLI), my 9800 GTX+ is a little longer and needs 2 sets of power plugs for one card.

The 8800 GTS reside on a SLI motherboard that is E-ATX and needed a huge case, so had to hunt for one.

commodorejohn
January 23rd, 2014, 07:49 AM
Yep. This thing:
http://www.retrosound.de/jupiter4kl.jpg

It was SO much larger than I anticipated.
I'll take it, and save you the space :P