[rescue] [geeks] Last Call - Ultra 5/10 parts
b4 at gewt.net
Mon Mar 10 21:18:39 CDT 2014
On Mon, 10 Mar 2014, Mouse wrote:
>> Attractive features are (IMHO):
>> PCI card expansion
> Amusing. PCI is one of the reasons I _dis_like those machines: it
> means being saddled with peecee crap for peripherals. (Video is
> probably the worst single example, in my limited experience.) It's as
> if Sun realized they could use inexpensive perpherals to build
> inexpensive machines, which, of course, resulted in machines that were
> not only inexpensive but cheap.
PCI (IT'S TREASONOUS) and the other generic peecee stuff are why I dislike
the 5/10. Also the fact the case is more likely to cut me than an Ultra
> My interest in SPARCs basically ends with Sun's dropping of SBus. I
> have a U5 or some such, which I use as a portability-to-sparc64
> machine, but I don't have nearly the attachment to it that I do to, for
> example, my SS20s.
I need a lot of parts for my SS...2 I think it is.
>> Form factors (not 100# of steel like a U30/U60, for example)
> I'd rather a solid steel chassis than a flimsy peecee-style "drop it
> and the case crumples" chassis any day. It'll weigh three time as
> much, but it'll survive. A few months back I accidentally dropped a
> SS20 from about four feet. The case plastic broke and I was able to
> find a little bent metal, but the machine itself was fine. I wouldn't
> expect that good a result out of dropping a U5 like that.
> Which really is to say: different people, different tradeoffs.
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