Thursday 7th October 2021
Workshop Title: A tale of digital archaeology, adventure, Nazi tax books, and Wiener schnitzel
Presented By: Adam Bradley
"On the evening of the 15th of April of 2019, in a small pub somewhere in Bedfordshire, Adam Bradley and Chris Blackburn stumbled across a listing on German eBay for what was titled a “plant control system”. Little did they know that upon inspecting the pictures, they would find what appeared to be an intact IBM 360/20. Having consumed their fair share of libations, the duo thought it would be an excellent idea to try and acquire the system, and submitted a bid with the Auction due to end the following day. What follows is a tale of digital archaeology, adventure, Nazi tax books, and Wiener schnitzel. Join Adam as he talks through the story of how they came to acquire 3 IBM mainframes in one go, got them all back to the UK before Brexit hit, and now face the mammoth task of restoring them to working order”.