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    Quote Originally Posted by falter View Post
    What happened to the 360/40?
    Went to a wealthy US collector's museum ...storage. Well I hope they can get it running someday. I can't be completely 100% certain but it's a machine my dad as an Australia/Pacific IBM CE specialist on the Mod 40 (trained most of 1964 at Hursley and 1965 Poughkeepsie, CE instructor on Mod 40) would made service calls on, in high probability, as he did have to travel to Perth on occasion. Yeah, OK so I'm just grumpy about it. I was born where I was because of that machine
    (BTW "Mod Forty" was always the way my dad referred to it. Still remember him bringing home thick core dump printouts and poring over them on the kitchen table, and phone support calls on weekends saying things down the line like "execute fox-fox-baker-charlie" etc. which we kids thought both strange and hilarious at the time).
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    The model 40 was a great machine. I taught myself about the innards of DOS/360 by hand-disassembling Abend dumps of the system. A great way to learn the machine language as well.

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    EEVblog didn't give much love to the PC stuff so hard to tell what was there. This is ridiculous of a long shot, but if any of you go & see a 386/486 looking machine with a Creative CD-ROM drive and an expansion card that looks like this, please grab it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjhacnau View Post
    I've sent an email as well, waiting to hear back. But given I work in Sydney it's going to be relatively easy to get there. I intend to go with a van on Monday and fill it up (even if I don't hear back I'll probably go anyway). Given Dwight's comments I'll keep an eye out for documentation.


    PJH
    OK, so of course the van failed to start this morning (onto the battery charger). I still went, but with a much smaller vehicle. Worth it to have a look and a chat to the guys.

    The good news: Nothing is going to be trashed[1] (at this stage). Anything that doesn't get "dispersed" will go into a pair of shipping containers. The first was unloaded while I was there. The EAI is safe already. The 1401 is still there, but refer to previous comment.
    The also good news: The response to the situation has been a huge increase in interest, membership, and donations. The result is that they hope to open a proper museum setup within the next 2 years.
    The less good news: When I got there (and in the email response I got) it was made abundantly clear that this dispersal was "temporary" and they would want everything back eventually. However it appears that some people got "confused" (I'll be charitable) and a certain amount of equipment has disappeared without details. I didn't ask what.

    So, in the spirit of being helpful, I took what was right in the door to help clear the pre-prepared pallets for the first shipping container; nothing hugely interesting in there. And then a couple of boxes of magnetic tapes as they'd fit in the back seat. And an Olivetti M24, just because it was the first computer my brother bought. Non-functional, not sure if I'll play with it or not before they want things back.

    PJH

    [1] OK, they were going through a huge number of old PC monitors; a fair few of those may end up in the bin. Ditto some assorted anonymous PC clones. But that should be all.
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    Great to hear that it's pretty much all been rescued!

    I deliberated a lot about going but in the end I decided not drive down, as I'd only have to drive back interstate sometime to return the items. Hopefully most of it stays close to Sydney so it can be reclaimed easily. I informed friends in Sydney about going, so I hope they did.

    One unintended but curious consequence of this whole situation is that, as an occasional eBay seller of vintage computer bits, I'm considering if I should mention on my descriptions that none of my items are from the ACMS rescue lest people think that was the source.

    Once again, good work on saving it. I also hope the ACMS has received a higher profile, through the extensive and worldwide coverage.

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    Related mainstream media coverage: http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2...ozers/10077580

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    Went back again today, with a working van.

    The difference 4 days makes! I'd say 90% of the total contents had been cleared out. Second container there, with a reasonably well oiled process of loading up pallets, clear wrapping, and rolling out. They really are down to "odds and sods". I filled up mostly with a couple of display units(tubular with cutaway display point for that "futuristic" look, about 6' high) another old tape drive, and a MicroVax. I recon by the end of today it should be 98-99% clear.

    PJH

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