[rescue] [OT]A boomerang of unusual dimensions.

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Nov 12 13:06:21 CST 2020

On 11/7/20 9:31 PM, Mark M wrote:
> As you all may recall, Jay York offered up 2 sweet servers, one of which is
> now resting in LSSM, the other, a v880, I retrieved.
> Upon arrival at his place outside of Baltimore, I immediately spotted the
> beautiful monster, staged at the garage(to the great relief of my grumbling
> halper, a long time friend and co-conspirator). I texted Jay and began to
> roll it to the van. He walked out just as I was mentioning that I thought I
> recognized the asset tag "MCPHU 0760", Medical College of Philadelphia
> Hahnemann University, which in 1999/2000 became Drexel medical college(it's
> history, as well as Hahnemann University Hospital, now defunct, is
> fascinating). My halper and I were both undergrads at Drexel at the time.
> What's interesting is that I now work for Drexel as a unix nerd. What's
> more interesting still is that my boss came to Drexel from MCPHU around
> 1999/2000 as the merger following the purchase happened. As I related this
> to Jay, my halper popped the side panel to see what was inside, lo and
> behold there was an interestingly engineered cooling baffle where trays B
> and C would be, made from the ear of a shipping box, replete with original
> shipping label, addressed to... my boss.
> Neat, right? but the address wasn't my boss at MCPHU, it was Drexel main
> campus, with his most recent previous title.
> So now I know this machine was used by Drexel main campus, which meant it
> was moved the 2.5ish mile difference from center city Philadelphia, west,
> to university city/west philly. I mentioned the hostname to my much longer
> tenured coworker who was able to dig up it's commissioning and
> decommissioning (by my direct predecessor) 15 years ago... in our
> current ticketing system.
> Unfortunately, I wasn't able to link it's decommissioning to Ken, as it was
> returned to MCP after we decommed it.
> In rough terms though, it was bought new in center city Philadelphia, moved
> slightly west, then back to Drexel med, then something(s) happened and it
> ended up in Ken's possession in NJ, from whom Jay rescued it to MD, then to
> me, who lives in Philadelphia, in University City, and works for the
> original purchaser. In 20 years, it's moved hundreds of miles to settle
> around 3 miles from where it was originally unpacked.
> I hope this story was enjoyable and not out of bounds of the list, I just
> joined and would be bummed to get voted off the island. And thanks again to
> Jay.

   What a great story!  I love it when things "come around" that way.  I 
saw your V880 there in the front of Jay's garage the day before you 
picked it up. (I think it was the day before)


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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