I wish to modify my rack, in order to mount some modern rackmount servers.
- Am I damaging a piece of history and will incur the wrath of historical computing librarians ?
It is an old 19" rack that used to contain a Data General Nova minicomputer, first released in 1969. I acquired the bare rack from the local university chemistry department around 10 years ago, and it was empty of active gear.
Picture of Nova minicomputer in operation:
Picture of my rack as of 2011 - yes its a mess hence the plan to tidy and clean.
My modification is to cut out 150mm lengths of steel from the second and third horizontal rails, so I can extend the vertical support further backwards by bolting on two S rails that I have obtained from elsewhere.
Downside of this is that the rack rails are closer at the back, so the server fits in the front but binds as I push it home.
So by making these cuts I can mount the S rails slightly further apart and push my servers home into the rack.
By doing this, will I damage an object with historical value?