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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 36

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, November 6, 1968
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34-Palm Beach Post, Wed., November 6, 1968 Engineers Find Mart For Used Computers Most computer manufacturers have recently announced that In the future they would provide free training for operators and other services for owners of used computers, providing It Is their own make, Weissman said. Weissman cited this as an example of how his concern operates: "We recently sold an IBM model C3 4K with a card reader, punch and printer to a customer for $60,000, plus IBM's monthly $500 service charge. Over a year It cost the customer $66,000, all told. The same machine sold by the manufacturer as a used computer would have cost the customer about $200,000, which Is a large saving for any company." He didn't say how much his company paid the original owner of the computer. "It was a profitable transaction for us," Weissman said. Banks, Insurance companies, publishing houses and several large Industrial corporations are CEI customers, Weissman said. (In the computer Industry, the period of years say 1960-65 in which a computer was built Is called "a generation.") This is where CEI enters the picture, Weissman said. He estimated that there are now, between 5O-and-55,O0O computers in use, with about 10,000 owned outright by their users; the other 45,000 are either rented or leased from a year to 10 years. "Now, say a company after using a computer it owns for three or four years finds that the computer can no longer supply Its Information needs," Weissman said. "That company buys the latest equipment, and, If we find it economically feasibly have a prospective customer, I mean we buy the old computer." He said that the manufacturer may take the old computer as a trade in, reducing the cost of the new one, but that CEI would purchase the old one at a higher price than the manufacturer would offer as a trade-In "providing we thought we could make a profit on It," Weissman said. "With the rapid growth of the computer Industry, due to constant technological advances," he said, "it was only logical to assume that a large market for used equipment would soon open up. Everybody expected it come In the early 1970s. "But there was a flaw in that reasoning," he pointed out. "Here's why. The so-called second generation computers of the mid-60's were expected to last at least until the 70's. But no sooner had the second generation begun to settle down, when a third generation of computers came on the market due, of course, to the fast technological Improvements in building computers." Here, he stressed: "Computers don't wear out. They become obsolete In the face of the ever expanding informational needs the customer requires. However, one company may not require the informational output of a third generation computer, but could use those of a second generation machine." NEW YORK (NANA) -Two New Yprk computer engineers have created a lucrative business out of a void In the computer sales market. The two men Leon Weiss-man and Harvey N. Berlent-found that there existed "a wide open market for used computers, and no one was taking advantage of It." Back In 16, therefore, the two men organized the Computer Exchange, Inc. (CEI), the only known company to buy and sell used computers. Weiss-man, formerly research director of the Diebold group and one-time director of engineering of Digitronics, is CEI board chairman. Berlent, formerly a Diebold consultant and previously an IBM systems engineer, is president ot CEI. The Diebold group is sldered tops in all phases of computer operations. The Weissman - Berlent hunch about the used computer market panned out. CEI prospered, Weissman said, and now is expanding its services to its customers to programming, system analysts and other "software fields" (computer industry lingo for such operation). To finance the expansion, CEI recently went "public," offering its stock for public sale, Weissman said. It formerly had been a closed company. Weissman, who has been in the computer Industry since he received his degree in electronic engineering at New York City College in 1949, explained why he believes CEI paid off and has a bright EDITION OF THE . POST-TIMES N. Y. School Seniors Face Repeating Year Let your friends and relatives know about the good living here in fabulous Florida. Enjoy the beautiful full-color photographs, the lively and informative articles and feature stories. Learn about what's happening from Boca Raton to Vero Beach and west through the Everglades. By DR. BENJAMIN FINE NEW YORK, (NANA) High school seniors are the greatest losers in the New York City school crisis, now in its second month. 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The next series of tests will take place Dec. 7. These are a "must" for seniors who are college-bound. But, If the schools remain closed, the seniors will be seriously handicapped when they apply for entrance to college. But even if arrangements are made whereby the tests M SHIRLEY MACLAINE. . . . . " WntNNA STAR. may be held In centers other than the schools, the seniors will be at a serious disadvantage. They will have missed a tremendous amount of academic work, and as a result, their scores on the scholastic aptitude tests and the achievement tests will suffer. Many high school seniors in the New York City schools are frantically seeking private or parochial schools to continue with their studies. Few are available. Every private school in the city has closed its doors and cannot accept any more students. Seniors are willing to travel several hours daily to find places that might accept them, going to distant schools In the suburbs of Long Island, Westchester or even New Jersey. The suburban private schools have the standing room only signs up, and are unable to accept more than a trickle of students who apply. But the problem goes beyond the Inability to take the necessary college admission tests. This is the time of year when seniors make out their application forms and visit colleges for Interviews. To do this, they need the help of the guidance counselors. With schools closed, the counselors are not available. Many seniors now apply for early decision that is, they select one college as the college of their choice, and agree to enroll If accepted. In most cases early-decision applications must be presented by Nov. 1 or at the latest Nov. 15. Students are usually notified early in December as to their acceptance or rejection. Obviously, If the strike continues, or even if it ends Immediately, the deadline for early acceptance has just about passed. When schools reopen, the backlog of paper work for the guidance counselors will be formidable and almost beyond repair. Teacher strikes affect everyone the children, the parents, the community and the teachers themselves. But most of all, In long strikes such as that In New York, the high school students will suffer the most, with the seniors suffering most of all. The thousands of New York City seniors, frustrated and baffled at what to do next, are Impatiently awaiting the end of the strike, and a resumption of their school work. They are anxiously waiting to see if their chance of entering college next fall has been placed In Jeopardy. "I Just don't know what to do," said Mitchell, an honor student at Brooklyn Technical High School, who has gone, with his parents, to a dozen or more private high schools, all to no avail. Mitchell Is an honor student, with an average In the 90s. He wanted to apply as an early-decision applicant to one of the finer engineering Institutes. 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