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  • Evan Koblentz
    Today wasn t a good day. In fact it stunk. We arrived at the usual time, opened our exhibit rooms, and found the 1,000-pound UNIVAC tape drive FACE DOWN on the
    Message 1 of 5 , Sep 25, 2011
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      Today wasn't a good day. In fact it stunk.

      We arrived at the usual time, opened our exhibit rooms, and found the
      1,000-pound UNIVAC tape drive FACE DOWN on the floor.

      Uh-oh.

      Our theory is that the (plastic) pallet must've given way, causing the
      drive to slide off, tilt, and fall over. The pallet sprang back into its
      normal shape. (We found it cracked but not collapsed.)

      So, everyone who cautioned us about using a plastic pallet: you were all
      right, and I was wrong. Lesson learned, the hard way!

      The good news: nobody was hurt; the drive didn't hit anything else (it
      missed the IBM 029 keypunch by six inches); and we can repair the damage.

      As for the damage:
      - The drive is actually two drives, one atop the other. The door to the
      top drive took most of the impact. Its glass is shattered and the door
      metal is bent. We can replace the glass and take the door itself to a
      specialist -- perhaps even an auto body shop. But first, we'll ask
      around for suggestions and recommendations.
      - There are a few smaller dents/bends on the frame of the overall rack
      unit. We can fix that.
      - There are two control panels designed to slide out the front of the
      rack; the top one seems to have shifted. We'll work on that.
      - The hinge for the top drive door is also bent. Again, we can fix this.
      - The carpet was badly ripped where the drive door handle made first
      impact. We cut out the ripped section and temporarily covered it with
      another square of carpet.

      Otherwise, there wasn't any major damage. Silver lining: Nels (InfoAge's
      military vehicles guy and fire safety leader) is going to help us life
      the other UNIVAC racks and install two pieces of 4x4 wood under each
      one, using the stock bottom mounting bolts (as this system was intended
      for mounting in a Navy ship.) That way the units will have strong,
      stable, built-in pallets from now on.

      Also, I have to give credit to Steve, the IXR members, and InfoAge's
      Halloween volunteers -- they quickly assembled an army of strong people
      to help us right the drive (which is now in its original spot in the
      museum, just sitting there, no longer on a pallet at all.)

      The rest of the day was uneventful. There was no visitors today.

      Fred informed us that the sixth exhibit room won't be ready until early
      next year, which is unfortunate, but as we always remind ourselves --
      the space is rent-free. In the meantime, we decided to put our original
      Mac back on display in the fifth room (consumer micros), using the space
      that we recently designed for the "Members Exhibit" because nobody
      stepped up for that exhibit anyhow.

      There is still space for another members' exhibit area in room three
      (the homebrew-era exhibit). So if anyone wants to use that space for
      some period-appropriate, then please raise your virtual hand(s).

      We also found out that, although the Halloween event is outdoors,
      visitors will be given a chance to tour the museums. To accommodate
      that, we will open our five exhibit rooms, but we'll rope off the
      systems a fair distance from curious hands. We'll also try to have at
      least one MARCHin on duty each night of the Halloween event.
    • jaj@totallyamused.com
      ... If a 1,000-pound UNIVAC tape drives falls in a museum and no one is around, does it make a sound?
      Message 2 of 5 , Sep 25, 2011
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        >>We arrived at the usual time, opened our exhibit rooms, and found the
        >>1,000-pound UNIVAC tape drive FACE DOWN on the floor.
         
        If a 1,000-pound UNIVAC tape drives falls in a museum and no one is around, does it make a sound?
      • Evan Koblentz
        ... Quite a loud one, we figure. The floor is solid concrete with just a very thin layer of carpet.
        Message 3 of 5 , Sep 25, 2011
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           >>We arrived at the usual time, opened our exhibit rooms, and found the
          >>1,000-pound UNIVAC tape drive FACE DOWN on the floor.
           
          If a 1,000-pound UNIVAC tape drives falls in a museum and no one is around, does it make a sound?

          Quite a loud one, we figure. The floor is solid concrete with just a very thin layer of carpet.
        • B Degnan
          ... Sorry to hear about that. I remember Kelly Leavitt had a shelf crash on him years ago which caused some damage to one of his 8 Tandy system cases.
          Message 4 of 5 , Sep 26, 2011
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            At 11:18 PM 9/25/2011, you wrote:
            >Today wasn't a good day. In fact it stunk.
            >
            >We arrived at the usual time, opened our exhibit rooms, and found the
            >1,000-pound UNIVAC tape drive FACE DOWN on the floor.
            >
            >Uh-oh.


            Sorry to hear about that. I remember Kelly Leavitt had a shelf crash
            on him years ago which caused some damage to one of his 8" Tandy
            system cases. Things happen. Glad no one was hurt.


            >Our theory is that the (plastic) pallet must've given way, causing the
            >drive to slide off, tilt, and fall over. The pallet sprang back into its
            >normal shape. (We found it cracked but not collapsed.)

            I have pallets at my old office building if anyone wants them. About 5 or so.

            bd
          • Mike Loewen
            ... Tandy cases crack if you look at the sideways. Mike Loewen mloewen@cpumagic.scol.pa.us Old Technology
            Message 5 of 5 , Sep 26, 2011
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              On Mon, 26 Sep 2011, B Degnan wrote:

              > Sorry to hear about that. I remember Kelly Leavitt had a shelf crash
              > on him years ago which caused some damage to one of his 8" Tandy
              > system cases. Things happen. Glad no one was hurt.

              Tandy cases crack if you look at the sideways.


              Mike Loewen mloewen@...
              Old Technology http://sturgeon.css.psu.edu/~mloewen/Oldtech/
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