[rescue] [geeks] Last Call - Ultra 5/10 parts

Cory Smelosky 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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