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