[rescue] iAPX-432, was Re: sparc10 cpu - what to do.

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Dec 22 11:53:49 CST 2016

On 12/21/2016 02:39 AM, Chris Hanson wrote:
>>  (Nobody seems to know this, but AS/400s are actually phenomenally
>> well-designed, well-architected, and generally fantastic machines.)
> I always thought it was quite well-known, just that the general use of AS/400
> hasnbt been to run interesting software like Smalltalk.

  Not to be contrary, but...Nobody else (except for one guy) that I've
ever talked to, even the most hard-core tech people, had any idea that
AS/400s were cool.  The only one who knew is the one who explained it to
*me*; he's my AS/400 mentor.

  And I don't find Smalltalk to be particularly interesting! B-)

  (yeah, I know, I should probably give it another look..)

  But your general point is well made.  AS/400s are typically accounting
machines, and accounting is boring.  Too many of us tend to
subconsciously link the coolness of a machine with the coolness of its
typical application, and that's a big mistake.  I did that myself for
many years without even knowing it.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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