[rescue] recreating the IBM mini computer experience
sun.mail.list47 at oryx.cc
Tue May 25 22:45:42 CDT 2010
I'm not going to date myself, but I will share that I got my start in
computer work using IBM S/34 and S/36 mini computers. I did some RPG
coding and some other things, but at the locations that I worked, there
was some one else who was taking care of administrative tasks.
Recently, I have become interested in picking up some of these missed
administration skills and learning more about these systems.
I really don't have the space/power/cooling capabilities to house a full
sized S/34 or S/36 in my house, so I pointed firefox to yahoo in search
of something like what Hercules
has done for the mainframe for the home hobbyist.
after a couple hours of Yahoo'ing, I have run across a couple of options.
1. IBM created a Model 5364, which was referred to as either the Desktop
36 or the Baby 36. Reference here:
These systems appear to be about the size of a standard PC. I have no
idea as to how rare these are, or if they are valuable, or if they would
be a good learning tool even if someone was to give me one.
2. Option 2. To confuse the above option, I *believe* from my research,
that a company called "California Software Products" produced a ms
windows based System/36 emulator, also called Baby 36. I understand
that they also created a similar AS/400 emulator software called Baby
400. It appears that "California Software Products" was ultimately
purchased by another company, and these are the URL's I have found:
I have no idea if this product would meet my requirements, and if
it/they do, if there is an affordable/hobbyist license for someone to
use in an at home environment.
I am hoping someone, or multiple people on the list can make comments,
or have additional pointers for me.
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