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    Default Tons of IBM Computers rotting away at an Abandoned School

    I recently came across this discovery while exploring an abandoned school in Upstate New York. I figured some of you might enjoy seeing it, however it is sad to see. The school's been sitting abandoned since 2009, however the computers are in phenomenal condition. There were three of these computer rooms in total, each with about thirty computers I'd guess.

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    There were also several cabinets full of keyboards. Most were membrane switches, but a few were buckling spring.

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    Here's a picture of the inside of one of the computers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksonh22 View Post
    exploring an abandoned school
    ie. trespassing

    do you really want to post that fact on a public forum?

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    Looks like relatively new stuff to me.

    How is a place in upstate new york not already picked clean after a decade?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Kossow View Post
    ie. trespassing

    do you really want to post that fact on a public forum?
    Haha, there's entire public forums dedicated to urbex, police won't waste their time on little stuff like this. Thanks for your concern, though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksonh22 View Post
    Haha, there's entire public forums dedicated to urbex, police won't waste their time on little stuff like this. Thanks for your concern, though!
    There is probably even more stuff in storage that is even older!

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    Things tend to go to hell when the elements get into buildings (leaky roof, broken windows, broken pipes). I assume somebody is keeping tabs on the place incase it is needed again.
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    I'd imagine someone still owns the property, must be some kind of security/surveillance there given the place hasn't been completely trashed and literally everything (including the copper wiring and pipes) stolen.

    Probably a lost cause but if I were you, I'd try to contact the property owner to see if I could have some of those computers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Kossow View Post
    ie. trespassing

    do you really want to post that fact on a public forum?
    Way OT, but ISTR that Pratchett had a ruler of Ankh Morpork (can't remember if Vetinari or not) decree that the Explorers Society should be renamed the Guild of Trespassers, on the basis that everything was somebody's. Something like that, anyway.

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    I suspect someone is thinking they can restart that school, with a piles of obsolete computers. Even the monitors that would be desired by many of us collectors are such bad ewaste that they'd have to pay to be hauled off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TH2002 View Post
    I'd imagine someone still owns the property, must be some kind of security/surveillance there given the place hasn't been completely trashed and literally everything (including the copper wiring and pipes) stolen.

    Probably a lost cause but if I were you, I'd try to contact the property owner to see if I could have some of those computers.
    Surprisingly there's no sort of security system in place at the school whatsoever. It's located in a very rural area so that's probably a large contributing factor.

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