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Computer Reset

This was originally a speech that I gave at a local Toastmasters club, as part of the Pathways "Communicate Change" project, two days before Computer Reset closed.

Computer Reset was located in Dallas, TX. It was a relic of the pre-to early Internet computing industry, and one of a dying breed of computer surplus stores. It apparently also served as an independent U-Haul dealership… and due to the ill health of its owner, its doors are now shut for good.

To some, the store looks like the mother hoard, containing nothing but the jetsam of others. To others that see past the disorder and chaos, valuable pieces of computing history are buried treasure for the right discoverer. To the family, it’s the beginning of the end of a generation, a business they had to close, and real estate that must be emptied by whatever means to maximize their return.

I was unable to find a website for Computer Reset, but was able to find the owner's sparse LinkedIn profile, which states that he had served as Computer Reset’s “General Counsel” since June of 1986, and described his responsibility as to “Oversee a Used Computer and recycling business and an Independent U-Haul Dealership”. 

YouTuber TX DJ, who is a friend of the owner, did a live stream from Computer Reset on May 21 (the video has since been deleted). TX DJ has known the owner since the 80s, and in fact they first met at this very store.

TX DJ described Computer Reset as a 38,000-foot warehouse that is a treasure trove of all kinds of old computer technology. He admits that while there’s a lot of junk inside that most people are not going to be interested in, he says that there are treasures buried inside as well. There is technology that you’re not going to be able to find anywhere else for the same prices.

I wish I had the chance to see if any accessories for the Yamaha CX5M Music Computer were available in this treasure trove. However, I will never have the opportunity.

Unfortunately, due to the circumstances of the owner's health, the family has made the difficult decision to close the business and sell the real estate. Their agent had advised them that the building will be worth significantly more empty than if they sell it as-is. Unable to continue running the business to sell off inventory, the family had no choice but to hire a disposal firm to remove everything from the building and dispose of the contents however they saw fit.

This treasure trove of vintage computing history may become literal buried-in-a-landfill treasure.

I empathize with you, the vintage computing enthusiast, who was unable to make it to Dallas before Computer Reset closed. I also wish the owner the best at this time and ask that you respect the decision that his family has had to make.