[geeks] BEAUTIFUL rescue!!!
geeks at sunhelp.org
Fri Aug 24 02:44:32 CDT 2001
On Fri, Aug 24, 2001 at 12:37:02PM +0500, D Bhargav wrote:
> Sorry ...the nostalgia is contagious. My experience here.
heh, nostalgia is your friend. :)
> Reminds me of the time when I worked on the PDP 11/05.
> A simple rugged machine which worked for over 18 years till
> as late as 1995.
1995? i've got an 11/03 and an 11/23+ that currently work.
as well as an /83 that just needs disks and as OS. so add
6 years to that. :)
> Oh yeah, there was also a teletypewriter model LA-36 to
> punch in commands and get the output. We used huge floppy
> disks (bigger than the 5 1/4 inch ones). It was fun cranking
> up the system. In case something failed, we used to remove
> a few cards and start off with the minimum h/w config.
heh. i LOVE that "feature" of old computers.
> I was a fresher out of college in '93 when I first came across
> this machine and I loved it! And I did learn lots of things,
> got my basics right because everything was so simple in the
you can't start anywhere better.
> Now I too can say that I did fiddle around a bit with one of
> those wonderful machines. Makes you feel like a pilot who has
> flown Spitfires as well as the latest fighters...
ok, so you can't own/run a mainframe, but the DEC machines were
the next best thing. i still can't afford the electric bill to
run a "real" mainframe, but there isn't a single DEC box that is
out of my power-consumption range. beat that IBM.
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