Lowell Deeds

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February 26, 2007

House Cleaning

by @ 9:11 am. Filed under Registry Ops

Last week we disposed of a large quantity of obsolete computer equipment from the courthouse basement. The registry had been accumulating this equipment of years…some of it even went back to the registry’s first computer system… no, not Wang..it was a Xerox system…yes, Xerox. We carefully and thoughtfully proceeded before disposing of any equipment. We are very aware of the historical significance some of this represents. With this in mind, we kept samples from each generation of equipment. Of course, we never expect to use this stuff again …and I doubt it is even operational…but this old equipment serves as a representation of the various operational stages of the registry. I laughed when I saw the old Xerox drive system…I also found plastic tape cartridges measuring about ten inches by ten inches by one inch that the Xerox drives read…You can bet, at some point in the future our current system will find its way to the basement and one of my successors will get a laugh when he/she finds it…Coming shortly will be an explanation of what the removal of this equipment means to the upper record hall renovation.

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