A farmhouse shrine to obsolete computers


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#2

Wow. I wish that I could visit there. Old computers are awesome.

Those things belong in a museum, not a barn. (cue the ending of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”)


#3

Jim was one of my favourite lectures when I was at York, very entertaining, although prone to 45 minute digressions which meant the actual course material often got skipped :smile:

I knew he collected old kit (he used to bring in things like magnetic core memory for lectures) but I never realised he had quite so much.


#4

Nice! :slight_smile: The article is incorrect in saying Aphex has a Cray tho; he described in interview/s a modular synth setup which resembles a Cray in that it’s a circle of racks which he operates from the centre of - http://www.extremetech.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/cray-2-computer-system.jpg


#5

That is the University of York, not York University (Toronto), right?


#6

" And I’ve got the sheds, so I just put them in"
Word.


#7

Putting them in sheds has the benefit of upgrading them – each GUI-less hulk of old Big Iron now sports a complement of fully functional mice.


#8

Yep, the Yorkshire one :slight_smile:


#9

Also: Bruce Damer’s Digibarn:

http://www.digibarn.com/


#10

Now to be known as Jim “four sheds” Austin.


#11

Nice, he even has a hollerith, albeit one in very poor condition. I’m reading IBM and the Holocaust at the moment for anyone interested in that kinda thing.


#12

You can visit if you’re in the area (about 20 miles east of York, UK). Drop Jim an email. There are people around most Saturdays.


#13

Yeah, it’s almost entirely rust, I’m afraid. I’ve suggested lowering it into a bath of oil to make a Damien Hurst-style installation. :slight_smile:


#14

Why not, i can see that working with some fancy lights in the bottom. Anything to stop further deterioration and more attractive than slathering a load of grease all over it i suppose.


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