It was in Eastern Europe, where, as everyone knows, people just have large vats of H2SO4 lying around in their back yard ;-)
I wish there would be more chemical hacking articles like this. It's a pity they didn't write more about how did they come up with the process and how does it work.
I think he got some percentage of the money out of the parts, it wasn't a ton of money, but better than just throwing the stuff away.
You should consider if your hobby isn't some kind of OCD or hoarding disorder.
I keep a couple generations of Apple IIs, an 8-bit Atari, Amigas, RISC boxes and Macs (a couple months back you could see a perfectly functional Mac SE as part of my living-room decor) preserved. Lots of other important machines have been destroyed or recycled. I try to do my part preserving a small part of our heritage.
You also know not everybody lives on or close to Mountain View ;-)
You should also take into consideration all geographic differences in computing machinery. There were computers in Asia, Eastern Europe or South America that simply are not available elsewhere. A friend of mine has one of the few Macintosh clones (68K, Fat Mac-like) ever made and from that machine we can prove Apple's allegations to the DoJ against the Brazilian manufacturer were false - they removed the reverse-engineered ROM and put an original ROM inside the machine in order to show they were copies.
Those little moments will end up lost if we don't take care.
If we fail, one day our descendants will sing songs about the Whalers on the Moon and their heroic exploits.
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I remember seeing a video in which it was claimed their electronics scrap was richer in gold (by weight I assume) than many gold mine ore.