Restoration technique [Was: Re: Bay Area: IBM 4341 and HP3000]

Sean Caron scaron at
Wed Jan 14 13:23:41 CST 2015

This, too, is something I'd be willing potentially to host gratis, given
the same caveats that I offered Alexandre... I have Comcast business grade
cable Internet to my home and I'm already hosting my own personal site and
sites for a few other folks; no data caps; plenty of static IPs; not
terribly slow; everything's protected with a Liebert double-conversion
UPS... not totally a commercial datacenter in terms of available bandwidth
or backup power capacity but nevertheless my uptimes are decent.

I wouldn't have a problem supporting Mediawiki or common back-end
technologies in general i.e. PHP, MySQL... I can host DNS if someone wanted
to get a domain name for it... E-mail. Full service in-house, LOL. Just
throwing it out here. Happy to share the extra capacity I've got for
projects german to classic computing or telephony.



On Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 2:16 PM, Noel Chiappa <jnc at>

>     > From: Robert Jarratt
>     > It wouldn't be hard to create a wiki where this kind of information
> is
>     > collected
>     > ...
>     > Isn't there someone on the list who has been offering lots of server
>     > capacity? It could be hosted there.
> Umm, that might have been me - I have offered to host things on a number of
> occasions, and do in fact host the older ClassicComputers archives (the
> newer
> ones are^H^H^Hwere at
> I'm not sure I can help in this case, though. I do have access to a lot of
> space (so hosting the archives is not a big deal), _but_ i) I'm a guest on
> this machine, and hosting active content like a wiki would be something I'd
> have to get OK'd, and ii) technically, hosting a wiki is a whole different
> ball of wax from hosting static content (which I can just put in place, and
> forget), and I'm not sure I have the time/energy.
> If someone did, that would be great, because I think a wiki about restoring
> old computers would be a really powerful resource. Not for detailed
> technical
> content (as someone already pointed out, we have the manuals), but for:
> - Articles laying out how to start, where to get stuff, what you need to
>         know (with lists of recommended books/etc in fields such as digital
>         logic, etc, etc)
> - Articles on what tools/etc it's useful to to have, and recommendations
> for
>         manufacturers, models etc (e.g. an oscilloscope is pretty much a
>         must), and where to find them cheap
> - Lists of which systems are good targets (because they're easy to find,
>         have good documentation available, parts availability is good,
>         etc, etc)
> - Articles on specific topics which aren't covered in literature (e.g. the
>         whole discussion about capacitor reforming; the heat soak for old
>         tapes/floppies, etc)
> - Etc, etc, etc.
> All stuff that's not really written down anywhere, but which a beginning
> collector (especially one who didn't work on these things 'back in the
> day')
> would find invaluable.
>         Noel

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