[rescue] Serial console on IBM RS/6000 250?

Andrew Weiss ajwdsp at cloud9.net
Sun Feb 22 16:41:58 CST 2004

On Feb 22, 2004, at 4:49 PM, Dave McGuire wrote:
>   We are.  But many of Medeco's blanks fall under the "controlled" 
> category.  The ones IBM used for their machines may or may not be 
> (probably not) but many of them were.  The Medeco locksets I got were 
> removed from the old NRA headquarters building in Maryland, which 
> Digex moved into...not exactly the Pentagon.  They would not sell me 
> blanks to fit those locksets.  I wound up having my genius machinist 
> friend rearrange the pins and file down some of the existing keys.
>          -Dave
And indeed this doesn't address what I was talking about ... namely 
being able to walk into any locksmith's place without a key but with 
the lock itself and have him make a key for it.  You would need blanks, 
and you would need the matching IBM Key code which is a certain number 
of digits for that machine (based on serial number).  I called IBM and 
they would give me the key code for $1500.  (This was after much 
hunting and phone hand-offs over a period of several days).  I found 
these puppies on a loading dock at Cornell (well actually someone else 
did and sold them to me).  That's 7 x $1500 for machines that aren't 
worth $2 each.  I brought out the old cordless drill and drilled the 
pins... then a nice flat head screwdriver and POP... a turnable working 


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