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a proper turn off

Monday was a sad day at work as some of the old team gathered to say good bye to a piece of equipment which had served us well for almost exactly 10 years.

harry kicked off the proceedings by disconnecting his leechy computer thing from the big computery thing (stop me if i’m getting too technical)


people generally don’t say goodbye to equipment in these modern days, preferring just to buy the latest newer or more exciting thing, so it was refreshing to be able to say goodbye like this.


i got to flick the first set of power switches to start the beginning of the end


this wasn’t part of the proper switchoff procedure, but it was great to see a switch with a little plastic protective covering, so was worth a press anyway


i guess part of the reason for saying goodbye to this piece of equipment was just how big it was.  you can’t just walk away from something the size of a ground floor of a building.  your iphones/pods etc can’t compete with that for size


there were some excellent retro computer type things about to look at whilst the procedure to suck the life out of it continued


more corridors between cabinets


these were some good buttons


pete did the penultimate one.  or it might have been the last but one


and john, keeper of the equipment did the final final one which involved clipping some cable ties


and all too soon it was over.  system x.  good night.


oh, and here’s walter pointing at some very neat wiring he once did.


those who have been reading the blog since it started will remember peter, john, walter and harry from when the blog was more spontaneous and even updated in real time.  feels like an age ago.  because it was.

you can see a few more photos here


3 thoughts on “a proper turn off”

  1. Nooo! Oddly I did feel like something was missing this morning, this would explain it!
    Did all the TNTs get moved elsewhere?

  2. Sad day – it was so cool when it arrived. Does this mean the coke machine is being reinstated on the ground floor?

  3. You can guess how I feel Martin. Yes I moved the TNTs to 2 other sites, although obviously we don’t need so many nowadays.

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