|Arthur Dieli, dressed for computer archeology|
|Where the heck is our truck??|
|Beginning inspection, condition excellent|
Robert kept everything in really good condition, especially considering the age of the equipment. There were a few spots where the machines touched the cool cinderblock basement walls where condensation formed enough to put a very light mildew on the skin. Nothing got inside or effected the mechanisms or wiring in any way. I think these systems are in superb starting condition for a restoration and should be easy to bring back to life.
|Lovely 'goo-foam' falling out when panel opened|
This has no lasting effect on the machine - once it is removed, cleaned away and all the particles are gently blown out of the equipment, it will be as good as new. We each focused on one aspect of the project.
Alan sorted through all the manuals, armed with the list of the manuals already in Norm and Brian's library (see ibm1130.org )and the list of manuals saved on bitsavers.org. Any manuals that were not already captured, or that were newer versions, got packed for shipment. Alan also boxed up the disk cartridges which can be copied to more accessible media and thus available for historians and 1130 enthusiasts.
|Alan collecting manuals|
|Alan's boxed items ready to load on the truck|
Arthur focused on the tens of thousands of punched cards to find and box everything of general interest. We left the programs written to support the owner's business, for example. We had two complete sets of cards to load the DMS2 disk monitor system, plus compilers, contributed programs and we believe some programs from COMMON, a IBM users group. Art found that the cards appear in perfect shape but had definitely expanded a bit, based on the pressure on the clamps in the Wrightline drawers where they were stored. We will have to stabilize them at an appropriate temperature and humidity before reading them, or make a compensatory adjustment to the card reader. By the end of the day, Art had all but two drawers sealed up and in the truck.
|Arthur sees all, finds all, categorizes all|
|Saving diagnostic, DMS2, compilers, other software|
|Sorting and checking all maintenance documentation|
|Carl's 1130, yet to be mated to the core storage extension|
|Will's 1130 system|
I did a much quicker inspection of the 1442 and two 1132 printers. They are intact and have all their cables for attachment. It is my expectation that these will be readily restored to operation.
|Carl's 1132 printer - notice mildew on skin at lower left|
|Bob Rosenbloom's 1132 printer|
|Carl's 1442 card reader/punch|
We worked until almost 8PM today, loading quite a bit of the card and disk software, the 029 and 059 keypunches, the manuals and the yellow system maintenance documents. Robert came by on a huge forklift, not the small units you see running around inside warehouses. It took almost no time to hoist the few items up onto the truck.
We positioned much of the equipment to make it quick to load them tomorrow (Saturday). The are ready to roll to the freight elevator, bring to the ground floor and outside for a forklift ride to the truck. Will's 1130 and printer are staged, with the maintenance documents, as these will be loaded in his van and trailer. Will will then take much of the computer room furniture - Wrightline cabinets for the most part. The yellow 1130 was staged with its core memory extension placed almost where it will be fastened when it is put together in California.
|Carl's 1130 with left extension roughly in place, ready for transport|
We limped back to the Super8 motel, picking up some pizza nearby to eat in the room. We will return to begin equipment loading tomorrow morning at 8AM. We expect to be joined within a couple of hours by Will Donzelli, John McKee and one of John's relatives. With that many hands on deck, and all the organizing completed, it should move quickly. The 1442 card reader does not have any wheels, nor do the card sorter or 085 collator. Those will be the most difficult units to move out, but we believe we can get them levered up onto pallets and then use a pallet jack to haul them through the building. Unloading the units in California will be an interesting challenge.