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Bring out your dead!

Calling all TR Members. Do you have any old equipment laying around that you'd like to get rid of and have featured in our Cracking Open series? Now's your chance. Read on to find out how to submit your old equipment, or pictures of them, to TechRepublic to appear on the site.

One of most popular set of Photo Galleries that we do on TechRepublic is the Cracking Open series. In them, we take perfectly good pieces of technology and take them apart, displaying all the bits inside. Most of the time, they even still work when we put them back together!

We've done several Cracking Opens, especially for the Classics Rock blog. Some of the ones you have seen are galleries for the Commodore 64, the Radio Shack Color Computer, the Osborne I, and the Radio Shack Model 4P. Plus there are even some Future Classics that we've ripped open like the MacBook Air.

There's basically no limit to the number of things we can crack open and display on the site. The main limiting factors as always are time and money. Plus there's the bit about trying to find models that would be most interesting to TechRepublic members. For example, we've been trying to score an Amiga to crack open for a few weeks now, but Mark Kaelin, who's in charge of the series, keeps getting outbid on eBay for one.

However, now's your chance. If there's some old stuff in your basement, wiring closet, server room, or attic that you want to get rid of and would like to see splayed out for the world to see, let us know. Click the Contact link at the top of the Classics Rock blog and you can send me an e-mail about your old equipment.

We can either take it off your hands and crack it open here at TechRepublic HQ, or you can take the pictures yourself and we'll put them on the site. In either case, it will be a great way to allow other TR members to get a glimpse of what passed for state-of-the-art in years gone by.

6 comments
pbrownlee
pbrownlee

What type of equipment? I have old Heathkit Oscilloscope dead Dells from the not too far distant past. You only interested in PCs? Anyone with a Kaypro?

pgit
pgit

I have an old wyse 8086 (8088?) that was the top of the line in it's day. Modem still works, in fact one of my classes got interested in the thing and we eventually actually got on line with it! There's some site somewhere that you point a 8086 (or 286) at to test connectivity. (in the Czech Republic I believe) I promised the folks at the digibarn I'd ship it to them, I should crack it open one last time first...

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

As I mentioned in the Classics Rock blog entry called Bring Out Your Dead http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/classic-tech/?p=117 we're looking for old equipment to feature in our Cracking Open series. If you have old equipment (or heck, even the boss's new laptop) that you'd like to see cracked open and on TechRepublic, click the Contact link on the Classics Rock blog and let me know. We can work out a way for you to get it to us, or you can even crack it open yourself and we'll post the images for the world. In either case, it will be a good way to get a little spring cleaning done while sharing cool stuff with other TechRepublic members.

dickdowning
dickdowning

Back in the early 90s someone made a tape backup unit for laptops. I don't remember the brand but it was about the size of a pack of cigarettes. I think they used either AC or 3or4 AA batteries. The tape used a helical scan storage scheme on tapes that were about the size of a postage stamp and 3/8th of an inch thick. If I remember right the tapes would hold about a meg of data which wasn't bad in those days. I think I may still have one in storage if you are interested.

me
me

How about pimpimng it after breaking it? I have this old Compaq Presario with brilliant retro buttons on the left and right.. it's all in one, could have a fan in the roof and an LCD display and filled with lights and stuff :D http://www.BinaryOm.com/Compaq-PC.gif ..or I could just break it apart.. but why not bring some of these babies back from the dead and into the future..?

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

Never saw a Presario that looked quite like that. Interesting unit. Pimping a old PC is a very good idea. I dont know if I can convince the Powers That Be to fork over the cash though. Y'know how that goes!