Here’s what I found last night:
I pulled a big box of cutlery out of a trash bag somewhere in the lower Plateau. I don’t really need cutlery (see previous post), so I just left it next to a couple of park benches nearby. There was also a couple of cutting boards, a decent looking teflon frying pan, and a paintbrush.
I guess someone did some cleaning and decided to get rid of their old collection of trophies. They seems to be from the late 80s to early 90s, covering a range of sports including hockey and soccer.
A pile of trash eh? Let’s take a look.
Old electronics eh? I’m always a sucker for old electronics…
Looks like I found an old computer setup. The main piece is the Commodore VIC 20, a machine that was made in the early 80s and predates the more famous Commodore 64. I imagine the VIC 20 to be the androgynous, kinder hearted sibling of Hal 9000, but I might be weird. There’s also a disk drive (1541), a printer (MP 801), and a tape drive (datassette), all of which bear the Commodore name. Back in the day you’d hook this all up to the TV and play really old games or write books or do whatever it is that people did on computer back in the early 80s.
The only part missing is the power cable for the VIC 20, which is unfortunately because it’s the part that makes the whole deal basically untestable. A couple of pieces you could turn on independently though. I turned on the printer and it made those nice dot matrix sounds and moved around a bit. The disk drive turned on and made an effort to read what wasn’t there. That’s a good sign for those pieces and the likelihood that the other pieces work too.
There’s some collectors value to the VIC 20, though less so without being able to test it. I may try to buy that wire, see if it works, and then sell it or barter it or whatever. I’ll keep you posted!