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In the halls of the gods [Dec. 18th, 2001|02:55 pm]
Roy Janik
After working for IBM for over 2 years, and hearing only rumors, I finally made the journey to the super secret IBM Surplus Store, where all cool things go to die. I had Scott track down the location whilst I was at lunch, and returned to find this cryptic message:

Building 7, North side, use Eastern entrance.
The donkey is green.

Well, I managed to find building 7, parked, stepped inside, and immediately realized my mistake. The hallways were as wide as 2-lane highways, with ceilings that vaulted up to the height of 3 or 4 floors. Those yokels from Battlefield Earth would have found these hallways to still be uncomfortably large for them. This building was vintage IBM, from back when IBM was still a de facto branch of the government. It's still used as a warehouse today, but it's also used to house various software projects. It would be extraordinarily surreal to work there everyday.

The hallways were endless, but eventually I found some guy, and he pointed the way to the Surplus Store. Basically his instructions consisted of "Walk a mile down that hall, exit, and then immediately re-enter the building". So I did as I was told.

The Surplus Store, while not huge, is a treasure trove a cheap shit from days of yore. There were large video decks (like the kind KVR-TV have that play the large tapes), various engineering devices (oscillators and some device called the Interview 4600), tables, whiteboards the size of a wall (for 15 bucks), and chairs. I came for a chair, and ended up purchasing a slightly retro blue leather/wood/metal sucker for a whopping 3 bucks.

Oh, and they had a video camera called the Panasonic w3260, which was old and dusty, but which claimed to be digital. It also had no apparent place for a tape to be inserted. Anyone know anything about this?

[User Picture]From: ericfish
2001-12-18 12:49 pm (UTC)
I searched for "Panasonic w3260" on google, and I got no results. I don't think I've ever seen google stumped before.
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[User Picture]From: rainaraina
2001-12-18 12:54 pm (UTC)
it's probably something like in a stephen king story or friday the 13th episode where it only shows your horrific fate or something scary like that.
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[User Picture]From: nekomouser
2001-12-18 01:10 pm (UTC)

No that Microsoft is the devil, maybe IBM is a lesser Beezelbub?

The Devil and IBM? The two are hardly equatable.
oh wait...
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[User Picture]From: vyvyanbasterd
2001-12-18 02:18 pm (UTC)

I did a similar search...

First checked eBay...one's going for $10. I searched Google for "Panasonic + 3260", and found somebody selling one for $650 here. It's a digital one-chip camera.

How much did they want for it?
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2001-12-18 04:31 pm (UTC)

Re: I did a similar search...

20 bucks. Not sure if all the parts are there, or if it works, but it's worth a look. They've got two of 'em. My biggest point of confusion was that they don't take tapes of any sort. I assume that they plug directly into something else?
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[User Picture]From: vyvyanbasterd
2001-12-18 04:34 pm (UTC)

Re: I did a similar search...

I was trying to find that out, myself.
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