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When I was an undergrad, I had a job on campus as a DECsystem-20 systems programmer. So when my colleague Rich Pattis announced that, in preparation for his impending retirement, he was clearing out his office and giving away, among other things, the PDP-10 front console he had rescued from the trash pile of another university, I jumped at the opportunity. Here it is, atop one of my office bookshelves. Note the 36 keys in the front row: its memory was organized into 36-bit words, not bytes.

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@ischade @fractumseraph

They show up often here at the recycle center, but often the belts are goo, and the motors seized. just a bit of running around to find the right motor or belt, but most can be cleaned and repaired.

@ischade @fractumseraph

Unfortunately i sold off my last player a month or two ago, sorry. i will go check the recycle center in a couple days and see if there are any players there.

@LaCrecerelle

its in excellent shape, i used to use these in school. i kinda want one now, awesome find!

@LaCrecerelle

jeez this reminded me of all the reinstalls i had to do on the macs at school. the drives failed often.

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@dvshkn

id love to have a 486 laptop, still would be an awesome laptop.

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This is the bane of my day but damn it, I will get this thing to boot.

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It lives! I’ve been restoring this NeXT Cube to honour Tim Berners-Lee and Nicola Pellow’s work thirty years ago to create both the World-Wide Web and the first ever web browsers.

After some electronics repairs and a lot of cleaning, it’s booting beautifully! #DigiPres

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So it needs a lot of work, but this is possibly the most beautiful machine in my collection - newly added today! #DigiPres

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@SetecAstronomy

Quite a machine! bummer you no longer have it. i have been wanting to run some kind of mastadon to radio...rtty or bbs packet radio bridge, this may be the laptop i use. i find myself wanting a 2nd serial port, something few of my old laptops have. ty for the details of your laptop, an interesting read!

@Arch
this is a massively overkill soulution, but i ended up using a variable bench power supply, cut the end off the universal china brick with all the laptop tips, and now i can power any laptop.... with a somewhat immobile boat anchor bench supply.

@Arch

sadness, seems those china universal adapters work great for quick tests... until they turn evil and kill something nice... been there, bummer.

Found a cool Toshiba laptop in the scrap pile, the main ac cord plugs right into the laptop. odd. 800 mb hard drive, it still boots to the original windows 95 install!

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