[rescue] AT&T 3B2 revival
john at jfloren.net
Tue Aug 18 15:28:06 CDT 2015
I'm jealous of your Blit; I do hope you're running "crabs" on it! (
On Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 1:15 PM, Ian Finder <ian.finder at gmail.com> wrote:
> I picked up a 3B2 400 and an AT&T 5620 "BLIT" recently and am always
> for software, folklore, discussion to supplement their restoration.
> I just don't know if a listserv is the right venue to collaborate on. But I
> don't have any better ideas.
> Any content and software people have collected, I would be happy to host on
> one of my Azure machines for distribution.
> - Ian
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Aug 18, 2015, at 13:10, Jerry Kemp <sun.mail.list47 at oryx.us> wrote:
> >> On 08/18/15 10:53 AM, Alan Hightower wrote:
> >> Forgive me not quoting a previous email as I just joined the list. I am
> >> here to stay though. To disagree with Dave M. a bit, the 3B2 isn't very
> >> well documented at all. Some of the original AT&T user documentation is
> >> preserved on Al's site and a few others. However there is almost nothing
> >> about the machine internals nor a comprehensive and verified software
> >> archive. I've collected bits and peices of software over the years from
> >> places like yahozna and some VCF personal collections. However I'd like
> >> to see a shrine of knowledge somewhere eventually. It's a pretty
> >> important machine in the UNIX timeline.
> > Thank you for your post. I've also been collecting 3b2 stuff off of the
> Internet for many years, as it appears/disappears, and I have pretty much
> zilch for internal HW documentation. I'm sure you are aware that this same
> discussion is taking place over on the Classiccmp mailing list.
> >> Ed Eckert, the cheif archivest for Alcatel-Lucent claims much of the
> >> original techincal documentation on the machine is in safe hands and not
> >> in any danger of being lost. But he still considers it
> >> proprietary,confidential, and not currently suitable for
> >> reclassification for public release. He suggested I reach out to George
> >> Kupczak at the AT&T Archives in Warren, NJ which I have not done yet.
> > That is an interesting bit of information that I was not aware of.
> > I'm aware that they own the information, but, how long has it been since
> last 3B2 rolled off of the assembly line? 20, 25 years?
> >> A long time collector in Brunswick, GA allowed me to purchase his
> >> 1000-80 recently for restoration and investigation. It has a blown power
> >> supply which I am replacing with an newly made ATX PSU bridge board. I
> >> normally would not consider that route, but the 600, 700, 1000 series
> >> had an early hybrid switching+linear PSU. In the interrum, I feel safer
> >> with a modern OC/OV limited ATX supply than the original until I can
> >> fully root cause what went wrong and why. Once I get it running again
> >> and SVR3.2 re-installed on a modern flash drive, I'll return to a few
> >> project ideas for building up new CIO cards for the old girl.
> >> I'm interested in at least banding together a community and perhaps a
> >> Google group or mailman list to start.
> > I would love to participate in a 3b2 mailing list. I would only hope
> we wouldn't be the only two on it.
> > Jerry
> >> -Alan
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