28809Potential Rescue of Kaypros, etc.
- Jan 3, 2013Greetings everyone,
I'm leaping out of my longtime Lurk Mode for awhile now to work on a rescue
of maybe six Kaypro II machines plus possibly some other earlier equipment
and stuff from a defunct computer shop. So I need your help. Are there any
folks who may open their homes to some lonesome, indigent computer equipment?
I just talked to the owner of the stuff. He reports it is some gear left in
a now-closed computer shop he once operated in a small village in the
Northern part of this county which, ironically, is my original hometown.
He wasn't able to talk long because he seems to be in rather frail in
health. He indicated he had heart surgery a couple times over the past
several years. But the info I got was there are the several Kaypros I
mentioned above of which he refurbished and got operational before he
ceased operation of the shop. He went on to say "...they were last turned
on over three years ago" - which is probably when his health went downhill.
He mentioned there's an 8" IBM floppy drive made by some other company I
could not understand the name from him; a "1980" IBM computer (which may
actually be a very early PC post-'82). I asked if it was a business
computer (i.e., not a regular PC), but he didn't (couldn't?) talk much more
about details and wanted to quit the call because of his getting worn out
from the effort (sure sounded it). And before we closed the conversation he
mentioned "...other stuff, whatever I could take".
A _big_ issue is that the stuff should be grabbed like right now as the
building keys were originally intended to be turned-in on 31 December and
they could eventually be collected by his lawyer in the next days. I
believe I can get up there Saturday morning to load up my RAV4-if the keys
are still available. And he said I have only a short time to fetch and load
as he cannot stand around long and especially get chilled. No heat or water
on. It's been hanging around the high 20's around here since the Holidays
with only just a few feet of snowfall since then.
What I need is commitment of good homes for most of this stuff. Also a way
to get it to any of you Real Soon Now because I have nearly no room to
store the gear except for a short time. And I _simply cannot_ afford
fronting the shipping costs as we're pretty darned poor around here until
Bev finds a decent paying job (A job like that around this area? Ha!). And
as you can imagine from that statement, I cannot afford to drive the stuff
downstate towards Jersey.
Please note that I'm on the fence whether to take the 8" floppy drive
and/or a Kaypro out of the pile for my own collection.
Jamestown, where the gear could potentially end up, is in the very farthest
west county in Western New York state. It is 80 miles S. of Buffalo, 55
miles E. of Erie, 150 miles from either Pittsburgh, Cleveland and
Rochester, and 400-450 miles from Wall, NJ -depending upon route chosen.
So, unfortunately, I'm not that close to most of the rest of our fellow
My full contact info is below. Please don't call after 9PM (yeah, I know
this is being posted after 9 PM tonight :-/ ). If you feel you really need
to contact me during the day, you may call me at the office: 716-456-2494
which is my desk, no receptionist, per se. If I'm in a meeting or out on
the production floor just leave a message.
Thanks for reading this! Let me know what you can do to commit to most of
this stuff, if possible.
Christian R. and Beverly J. Fandt
31 Houston Avenue Electronic/Electrical Historian
Jamestown, New York Phone: +716-488-1722
14701-2627 USA email: cfandt@...
Members of Antique Wireless Association
(Old Museum today)
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