[rescue] AT&T 3b2's for rescue

Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. rescue at hawkmountain.net
Wed Oct 29 14:13:02 CST 2003

On Wed, 2003-10-29 at 13:52, Steve Sandau wrote:
> >>They're nice and small systems. See
> >>http://www.obsoletecomputermuseum.org/3b2/
> >>
> > 
> > 
> > Depends. If they are 3b2/300 or 3b2/310, then they are the size of the
> > machine pictured. If they are a 3b2/500 or 600, then they are about 2 feet
> > wide, 1 1/2 feet tall, and about 3 feet deep- think Coleman cooler or about
> > 2/3 the size of an E250.
> > 
> > The 3b2/6xx would weigh about 70-80 pounds if I remember correctly- it's
> > manageable but not fun to carry down stairs by yourself.
> > 
> > None of the 3b2 series had ethernet standard. You could get an ethernet
> > card, and I believe the TCP/IP stuff was an add-on package not included in
> > the regular OS distribution, IIRC.
> > 
> Thanks, Steve. I was feeling silly describing them as 1x1x2 or so. The 
> larger version you descriabe here is what I remember. As I said, close 
> to bulletproof... What you describe about ethernet and TCP/Ip sounds 
> right, too. We had manuals for them for years after they were gone, but 
> had to toss them (space reasons) when we moved. Bummer.
> As I recall, they came with 300m disk drives that seemed to be standard 
> fullsize SCSI, but I don't remember too clearly
> Curt, I could (in return for *one* of these machines) drive to your 
> place, pick up stuff for Josh, meet Josh at my Dad's house (half hour 
> north of New Haven, CT, if it's OK with him), trtade with Josh, and then 
> drop one of the 3b2's off for you on my way home to Maine.

This is ok with me... but that would be up to Geoff.  I don't know if
where your Dad's place represents the halfway point or not.  Geoff ??

The only other stumbling block might be if only one of the units has an
ethernet adapter....  who gets the one with.... I only have one old
UNIX box that has no ethernet... and correspondingly it sits in a closet
:-(  (It is a Versys system running SysV (3.2? I can't recall)).
Without a way to network it, it isn't very interesting....

Looks like there is a local person Magnus that appears to have offered
to rescue them....  while I'd like to have one, Steve's and Geoff's
offer (provided the geography works out) is the only realistic way
for me to get one.... which requires a bit of effort on everyone's
part..... I'll leave the decision up to everyone else, as I have 
enough classic UNIX boxes that I don't have time already for, so I
won't lose any sleep over not getting them.... I just don't want to
see them trashed.

-- Curt

> Steve
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