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Jack Kilby dead 804

Another Unix Victim
It finally happened. I acquired a nice little Alpha box (DEC 3000-700) last year that I had...

That's all :-) My original Pentel .5 mm was purchased around 1977. I thought I'd lost it around 1987 and replaced it, then found the original. I may have switched parts between the two to make the pencil I use today, but still have the workings of two complete pencils. Too bad my computers don't have as long a useful life.. The oldest I have that still sometimes gets turned on is a Sparc 5 ca. 1996.

from the posting, I can't tell who wrote what... but, anywhoose...

Let me see if I got this straight. You have two Pentels.

Somewhere along the line, Pentel #1 broke. Then, somewhere along the line, Pentel #2 broke. You cannibalized parts from one broken Pentel to make the other Pentel work properly.

People do that ALL the time when a computer breaks down. If you would replace broken parts from other computers, then by your statements (concerning pens), computers would have a long useful life.

Now, the analogy isn't quite the same, comparing pens with computers. In your scenario, as I am imagining it, you had a pen, lost it, got another, used it until it broke, then used the parts from the original pen (which you had found) which wasn't being used which makes the original pen a (more) pristine model (which means that it's working parts had less wear and tear on them). That extends the life of the combined (cannibalized) pens.

With computers, using the same scenario, you would get a computer, use it until something breaks, get another computer, use it until it breaks, then cannibalize the first computer to fix the second, keeping in mind, once the first computer broke, the other (working) parts aren't being used.

who invented CONFIGSYS 807
Kelli Halliburton I did not think it was good practice to copy someone's whole post, and send it to another newsgroup (and I suspect without the author's...

In reality, of course, some people would just get the broken part fixed (or more likely, replaced). As it is, a lot of people just upgrade the whole shebang as they would want to upgrade their computer anyway --- or to be more precise, upgrade their processor. Of course, buying an upgrade normally means that a much large harddrive comes with it, along with (say) a DCD instead of a CD-rom, a better mouse (wireless, optical?), faster RAM, a better monitor, ...

In my computer, I still have parts from my first computer. Hells bells, I have parts from my friend's computer, and his first computer was way back in ... well, the middle eighties. Yuppers, I like the touch and feel of the old IBM keyboards. Make nice boat anchors, don't have that silly "Windows 95" key, but great for a touch-typist. And it hasn't broken yet, and I pound the hell (pardon my strong language!) out of it. Gerard S.

Seeking information about EACA, the manufacturer of a TRS80 Model 1 clone
Hi, I've developed a site for a TRS-80 clone site (the System 80) at research into this machine. I've been expanding the site recently and I'm very keen on...

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