[rescue] Cheapass MicroFax (sic)
mcguire at neurotica.com
Sat Jan 4 05:48:07 CST 2003
On Saturday, January 4, 2003, at 06:31 AM, <wrmartin at verizon.net> wrote:
> Ah! So it's not some obscure ancient fax server or suchlike. Now I
> *really* want it.
> As for "useless", that's the word I use to describe my Sun 4/690MP and
> my PDP-11/70 to friends when they ask "But what do you do with it?"
> It's much easier than trying to explain the real reasons I have those
> boxes. They are "useless" in the modern sense of computing horsepower
> vs. resource consumption (broadly defined to include things like
> garage space occupied, electricity consumed, etc.) But yes, they can
> still do useful things. My son's SGI Onyx RE2 could usefully heat his
> house, but first we need to figure out how to get it from his dining
> room down into his basement. The North Star Horizon I built in
> 1979/80 is still useful also (I used it until about 10 years ago) but
> I can't imagine doing anything useful with it now. Can't even get
> ribbons for the printer anymore (NEC Spinwriter 5520.)
> Is that answer careful enough?
Close, but not quite. ;) The 4/690MP and the Onyx are both forces to
be reckoned with, by modern standards, if properly configured. The
Onyx isn't even all that old. You can put a large number of very fast
processors in an Onyx.
You have an 11/70? I have one as well, I love that machine. How is
> Anyway, I've emailed the seller to see if it's still available.
> Anybody else want it, or am I free to pursue it?
No interest here, I have a lot of VAXen already.
Dave McGuire "She's a cheek pincher. I have scars."
St. Petersburg, FL -Gary Nichols
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