Cnlmoore 2007-10-12 02:26:03
I’m sorry for posting this off topic item, but I’m only doing it in the hope
of helping someone who might be interested in computer salvage.
I was at my storage unit today (3pm) and the building next door is being
converted into condos or something. It used to be an old city payroll
office building I believe. There are crews tossing pallet loads of old
printers and related computer stuff into the dumpster. Old dot matrix style
stuff if I saw clearly. There may be more stuff inside and who knows what
else. Hate to see it go to the land fill if someone can use any of it.
Storage unit is called WF Halls on Pershing Ave (3900 S) near Western Ave.
The dumpster is between the storage building and the next building in the
“alley”. If you have any interest, I’d go soon. Call me at 773-858-2096 if
you need more specifics.
Pin geek 2007-10-12 02:26:06
Darnit! and I am in VA:(
You did nothing wrong by posting this. I remember a few years ago at the
dump, someone had pitched a pile of clear 8 tracks labeled with different
commercials. I guess these were from a radio station. I would have grabbed
them up if someone had just left them in the too good to throw away pile.
now if only I can find a cheap or free Amiga. I just scored a Space Ace and
Dragon’s Lair disk set.
Guinness 2007-10-12 02:26:07
If you came across my yard sale last week…You could have got my Amiga 500
(been sitting in its original box for 20 years) for next to nothing. I
still have it…but I’m not shipping it for under $45 shipped.
Deadlydad 2007-10-12 02:26:08
hehehe I actually ended up in the local paper when I rescued part of
the leftovers from a computer lab refit. They had filled one of those
/huge/ dumpsters with over two dozen PCs, printers, network stuff,
software, etc. I stuffed my van full before the @$$hole in charge of
the wing came over and threatened to call the cops because I was
‘stealing’ college property. I told him that if he wanted to go ahead,
I would make sure that reporters would be there to watch them slap the
cuffs on me and ask him why he was wasting tax payers money. I thought
that I had called his bluff when he walked away muttering, but when I
came back to get more, he had already called the disposal company and
had the dumpster taken away. He might have thought that he had the last
laugh, but he sure wasn’t smiling when he was called up before the
college board to explain the newspaper articles and pics….. On a
happier note, what I /had/ rescued (a dozen or so networked PCs) ended
up at a missionary college in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Thnik about it!
Pin geek 2007-10-12 02:26:10
Do you have a scan of the article>? I would love to see it:)
Ugh, this makes me think off topic again, but of when the Thunderbolt
rollercoaster in Coney Island was demolished by the realtors. I could have
just imagined a collector overseas paying via Ebay to have the whole thing
taken down and warehoused somewhere. The greed of corporate America. Yuck.
Only good thing of all this is getting video of it in weeds before it was
I gotta find some Tums:(
Gpe 2007-10-12 02:26:11
A business tossing computers into the dumpster?
EPA better not catch them. Really big fine.
Gpe 2007-10-12 02:26:11
I had an old RCA 1802 based Cosmac Elf sitting at my parents house for many
years. Parents were moving asked what I wanted to do with this old ‘junk’.
Heck, I thought I pitched that old stuff many years ago.
Cleaned it up, made sure it worked — and put it on Ebay. Got $350 for that
old beast… $200 more than I paid for it!
Arcadeforever 2007-10-12 02:26:12
I wish I would have known pin geek….. I just gave an amiga 500 away
on philly freecycle, I got it with a monitor (commodore 1084s) which I
now use for board testing….
It would be nice for us to post on a place if we have extra or spare
technology that would be available to the group for free or cheap…
like I have a couple old SGI’s for free and an HP plotter I will sell
for $20. 2 – 7foot racks for free. an old router free… etc…
one mans c*** is another mans treasure..
you never know what someone in the group could need …
I have the stuff listed in old-computers.com but who knows who those
not really interested in shipping though
Ron strom 2007-10-12 02:26:13
I still have a couple IMSAI 8080’s. One fully working, dual 8″ floppy
drives, ADM-3A terminal, dozens of S-100 cards, etc. Also a couple of
Compupro systems and hundreds of 8″ floppys full of software.
I don’t know why I hang on to this old c***. From what I’ve seen
they’re worth some serious bucks on ebay at various times but I’m just
BTW, wasn’t there a pin that used the 1802?
Ron — CARGPB7 — (Change hot to ice to email)
Pin geek 2007-10-12 02:26:14
Then the EPA should stand by the dumpsters at the dump here in VA. People
here pitch PCs all the time. Why I don’t know:(
Pin geek 2007-10-12 02:26:14
Hey, more power to you. One day I want to open an old electronics museum.
See an old computer in operation, watch Space 1999 on an old 25 inch color
tv set, you name it.
Gpe 2007-10-12 02:26:15
Ah, yeah… Old IMSAI 8080’s.
Don’t know of a pin based on an 1802 — that was pretty much a forgotten
Gpe 2007-10-12 02:26:17
For an individual to do this – it isn’t illegal… yet.
For a company to do this – they better watch out. If they can trace a
serial number back to a company, they can and will fine them upto $10K per
computer (or something like that). A bad enough offence will even get them
Companies are supposed to use computer recyclers. These guys strip
computers into individual components for recycling. Some of them end up
sending containers of stuff to China where they use ten-cent-per-day labor
to break up boards, melt them down and reclaim metals…pretty pathetic.
Somewhere in Colorado is a company that does nothing but break down and melt
80s guy! 2007-10-12 02:26:18
Pin: Thunderbolt was in poor shape when it was taken down. Yes, 5 ft.
higher then the Cyclone and a tad bit more faster, but as it hadnt ran
for many years, it would have taken somewhere around $6 Mill to
restore. I have a very nice article about the coaster, the house under
it, and the family that owned it kicking around here, If I can find it,
Ill email ya’ a copy. The “Better” coaster in Coney was the Tornado,
smaller, but nast’ier, wicked turns, drops and speed. D*** Twisted to
all Sh*t, that was the coaster that should have lived!
Cnlmoore 2007-10-12 02:26:19
Well I went back because I just couldn’t stand it. Lots of printers of
various types, some old IBM keyboards (the real thick suckers), and what
appeared to be a bunch of IBM horizontal desktop PC’s with dual floppy
drives. It looked like the guys who dumped the stuff tried real hard to
break it all up. BUT much of it is still wrapped in bubble wrap with
inventory numbers on them. There were files/charts on land aquistions for
the city of Chicago from 1984, file cabinets, old chairs and tons of printed
paper. Didn’t see any monitors which is all I was really looking for.
Deadlydad 2007-10-12 02:26:19
—–8<----- Well, as the newspaper that ran them is now defunct..... I'll see if the library has them on microfiche if I have the time. -- Thnik about it! DeadlyDad firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Deadlydad 2007-10-12 02:26:20
I hacked an RGB port for my Genesis to work with one of those. Talk about a /sweet/ display. Comic Zone never looked so good! -- Thnik about it! DeadlyDad firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Elgwako 2007-10-13 07:31:21
Just my two cents....The dumpster most likely is rented by a recycling company contracted with the owners. It's not intended for a landfill but for a recycling plant where it will all be stripped down and melted or whatever for the various metals. I know in NH i get 1 cent per pound for boards...just the boards alone. I usually strip stuff of it myself for the money and give them an empty board.. Aluminum is 40 cents per pound...lots of aluminum in server chassis and what not. So, it is considered someones property But with that said, i'd be right in there getting what i could fit for sure....but to turn around and do what they plan on doing, making $$ off of it for the scrap. Of course there is ALWAYS something good in these cleanouts that is worth keeping. I've gotten stacks of laptops out of one once from a company liquidating their assetts by smashing them and tossing them. Some had monitors smashed and others had keyboards....otherwise complete. they had boxes of chargers and batteries.....I made a few thousand from it. So long as the monitor was good, it was a working laptop. It's worth it.
Andrew schwart 2007-10-13 07:31:28
Craig's list is a great place to advertise free stuff. Andy
Tillentprs 2007-10-14 00:51:12
Those weren't 8-tracks- radio used to use endless loop cartridges for songs and commericials, promos, etc. They look like 8-tracks, but they are not- there's only 1 program on them. They will not play on your 8-track player. I used to work in radio for many years, and the first time I walked into a radio station, and saw the carts, I thought they were 8-tracks too!
Chad tower 2007-10-14 00:51:12
I think it is in MA. We can't throw computers away, we are required to recycle them. At least in nearly every town in my area of MA.