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Thread: Tons of IBM Computers rotting away at an Abandoned School

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    First, I wouldn't even consider taking anything from an "abandoned" building. Someone still owns that even if they aren't around. Second, those aren't old enough to be of interest to me. I can't speak for anyone else but I have no interest in collecting anything newer than a 486.
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    Call the local school district and see if they're interested in a salvage operation. Do things the right way. Someone owns that building and its contents, regardless of whether or not they care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exceter View Post
    First, I wouldn't even consider taking anything from an "abandoned" building. Someone still owns that even if they aren't around. Second, those aren't old enough to be of interest to me. I can't speak for anyone else but I have no interest in collecting anything newer than a 486.
    Don't worry I don't plan on taking any

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksonh22 View Post
    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.
    Definitely a contributing factor, also looks like the property owner performs at least some maintenance or has just gotten extremely lucky. Many abandoned buildings in rural areas still end up being completely trashed. All it takes is for word to get out about the place and the vandals will rush over there (I'm guessing that's why you didn't reveal the exact location).

    Like I said before: May be a lost cause, but it never hurts to try. Someone obviously owns the place so see if you can get ahold of the property owner. I doubt they'd want any of those old computers. I myself am far away from upstate NY but there are many people (myself included) that would love to have some of those systems.
    Last edited by TH2002; March 10th, 2020 at 05:49 PM. Reason: Minor corrections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Elvey View Post
    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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    In NJ here monitors are taken for free. You just have call them to let them know. But I remember foolishly putting out 2 IBM Trinitron 6019s and they were gone before I turned my head. I think it was someone in the neighborhood. Those things were once my pride and joy. Recently there was a new 25" variant. I placed a bid of about 275$, someone shot me down. I didn't have the stomach to bid any higher. I'll never find another one, certainly not new.

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    It has taken a while, but people are looking at CRT monitors with interest again (mostly for the very top end PC models and the old ones for cga/ega, 8/16 bit systems plus video editing ones).

    Personally I love the 386/486 era machines but I collect up to the present day obsolete systems for various reasons (just not the same extent).
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    I can't believe were even talking about this B&E and trespassing..
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    Ah, the endless struggle between the desire to see this hardware go somewhere and the desire to adhere to the "Leave no trace" Urbex best practice...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisUnionNJ View Post
    I can't believe were even talking about this B&E and trespassing..
    Not a B&E! Door was wide open. I can't refute the trespassing though lol

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    Different place have different rules as to what is trespassing. If the door was open and you were not loitering, you are not trespassing in many states. Of course in Texas they can still shoot you and then kick in the door.
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