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August 24, 2002

All Computers Go To China, Not Heaven

In all my years as a programmer, I've never owned a computer. Well, except for that old Atari 800 (48k RAM, 90K floppy) my dad bought me back in 1979. The Atari didn't count, though. It was a game machine for things like Star Raider and Galahad and the Holy Grail, games I wanted to play after I outgrew their Atari game console. As much as I would like to say that I knew where all the dead and outdated computers I ever used went, I didn't. At least not until now--and it's not a pretty sight.

Posted by Haken at August 24, 2002 02:48 PM


Posted by Albert on August 24, 2002 2:52 PM:

It's almost as bad at UH-Manoa. They throw out an incredible amount of computer equipment, just stack the stuff up next to a dumpster.

Kinda doubt I'd find my "first computer" though, because it was a famous Sinclair "black wedge".

Posted by Haken on August 24, 2002 3:37 PM:

Those little Sinclair were great. Everyone knew how to program those Z80 CPUs. The Sinclair made great microcontrollers for all sorts of stuff.

Posted by Glen Miyashiro on August 27, 2002 8:06 AM:

In case you missed it, there was an article in last week's Advertiser saying that Honolulu C&C will be holding a computer collection day in October to take people's old busted computers for recycling. Since computers contain a lot of toxic stuff (lead and mercury, mainly) you don't want to be just tossing them in the trash.


Posted by Mark on November 16, 2002 1:23 PM:

How i wish to ever have been near to a Atari computer to have a good start, now i just started in a hard time.

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