On 20 Feb 2006 at 10:43, Stuart, Jon wrote:
I'm interested in acquring an AT&T 3b2 computer. One of these
used to run a famous public UNIX system "killer". They also run
telephone switches, however the OS is different in that case
(DMERT/UNIX-RTR instead of whatever the consumer-level 3b2 runs).
Where are you located? I have an Olivetti-rebranded AT&T 3B2/400
machine over here, but I live in The Netherlands and I have decided
long ago never to lift that machine again and leave it where it
stands now in the house. It may not be that big but it is very
strongly built and it has two heavy full height 70 MB 5.25 hard disk
drives in it.
You see, the last time I carried this machine, more than 10 years
ago, I hurt my back because of it and had to have six weeks of
therapy. It bothers me to this day. The perils of collecting old
computers, I guess.
What impressed me most when I got the machine, apart from my back
problems, whas the impressive manuals that came with it, a row of red
binders in grey sleeves with excellent documentation. Also I was
surprised by the on/off switch, which does not blindly power off the
machine but initates a proper shut down sequence, so you can shut it
down properly without knowing any passwords. All *nix machines should
have a power switch like that.
Also, the serial ports had RJ45 connectors already, and that is a lot
easier if you have to put the plug in while fumbling about on the
side, you can put them in without looking.
I'm not doing much with it now since my main interest in old
computers still is the VAX.