I've noticed that a few of you have been chatting about Badtrans -
according to Symantec, if you drop the underscore from the "From:" address,
you should end up with the user's actual e-mail address - if the virus chose
to use the actual address...
I've picked apart the message source and what it does is quite sneaky -
it uses an IFRAME to load the virus and also uses
MIME-headers-within-MIME-headers... A few of the regulars on alt.comp.virus
might want to elaborate... It's a crafty little bugger - it even installs a
keystroke logging trojan... Anyone remember the so-called "Sexyfun" or
"Spirale" virus (it's real name was Hybris) - it came in an e-mail from
hahaha @ sexyfun.net and could update itself over the web with new
"plugins"... One of which displays a _huge_ hypnotic spiral on-screen...
Sophos put a screenshot of it on their website (www.sophos.com).
>List the 20 to 30 systems you would display and briefly explain the
>reason for choosing each.
Fun question. Don't have time to really organize, but here's parts of my list:
digital solution for one class of computing problem
Slide Rule (almost any)
Analog computation, and portable computing power. Application of a
fairly disjoint set of technologies to a very focussed solution that
met a serious need in engineering
Abacus (almost any)
As with the slide rule, but now a discrete digital technology.
...or plans, if it couldn't be found or made a replica of. Large-scale
compute power, digital technology with the greatest flexibility so far
Bowditch's "American Practical Navigator" and a sextant
Illustration of the market drive for computing power, and the
tabular approach to meeting heavy-duty geometrical calculation
(Could just as well be the old Admiralty tables, I'm just biased in
favor of Bowditch 'cause I'm American.)
(fill in the blank)
Enigma machine, and Bomb (a matched pair)
*serious* market drive -> compute power response for a single
(fill in the blank)
(fill in the blank)
Pick a good one, first minicomputer/lab computer. Brought compute
power into a lot of lower-cost applications.
typifies both MS-DOS and CP-M machines.
somewhat breakthrough OS flexibility, (MS-DOS, CP/M, CCP/M, Venix,
all of which were preexisting).
GUI OS for the masses, origin of "friendly" computers
(first computer to *smile* at me).
VAX - any
Illustration of successful extension of an existing architecture
to more bits (twice as many)
Alpha - any
As VAX, but to 64 bits/RISC
Vector supercomputer, electromechanical design breakthrough
microprogramming, early workstation, heck Tony likes it so it
must be good...
F-14 flight computer
integrated circuit microprocessor first application (?)
NeXT Cube (original)
OO system, sizeable leap in developer environment quality
Desktop workstation, power/price/size breakthrough
Sony Vaio or Mac Titanium
Laptops get to practical size and retain serious power.
DVD player (any) or CD player
market driver for serious compute power cheap
as above, including graphics
Jet engine FADEC unit (any)
compute power seriously ruggedized and making a pilot's life
I'm sure I've left out a lot, apologies to all concerned.
>Should I even bother going back and asking to see the stuff
>in the yard? Or, has this firm agreed not to resell anything
>(I'm kinda assuming that what's true for this guy is industry
I don't know the laws, but why shouldn't a scapper be allowed to sell the
stuff in working condition? They are in the scrap business, and I would
think once it is theirs, they should be allowed to sell it however they
want (pulverize and sell as land fill, or repair and sell as working).
Is there some law against selling the stuff in working condition?
OK, the last part of my shipment just showed up, the Papertape reader. I'd
thought the PC04 was a reader/punch. Am I correct in my revised
assumption, that it came in three models; reader/punch, reader, and punch?
Now for the first question, should there be anything on the right side
(looking from the front) if it's only a reader? For some reason I've a bad
feeling that I don't have a complete reader...
On a positive note, the PDP-8/E looks to be in *far* better shape than I'd
been lead to believe, so hopefully I'll be able to get it up and running
with minimal effort (I could be so lucky). Though it's large enough I'm
very tempted to transplant pieces into my PDP-8/M and put the /E in storage.
Also I got a terrific looking pile of documenation and Volume 3 of the
hardware manuals is twice the size of the copy I already had. Most of the
manuals are ones I didn't have, and I've finally got a printset :^)
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> I understand discontinuing a product but could never quite figure out why
> you would actually destroy equipment. I mean what is the point?
I'd imagine they were concerned about 10,000 MacXLs cutting
into the selling of Mac 512ke & Mac Plus models...
OTOH, if it happened during the Jobs era, no logic or
reason was likely involved; Jobs has a proven track
record of killing Apple products he personally dislikes.
But pepsiboy may have been Lisa's nail-in-the-coffin,
I just can't recall...
They got bought by Cisco, which seems to have buried the product.
Anybody got docs/firmware for either a Kalpana Etherswitch EPS-1500
or a 2015-RS?
This is quite urgent.
Can someone who has the earlier version of the Central Point Option Board
(also known as Copy II PC Option Board) please type up the part numbers of
all chips on the card? Or scan the card at a decent resolution so all chip
markings are legible.
I want to get datasheets for as many of the ICs on the card as possible.
Assuming some are not just simple TTL chips, the best place to look for these
would be the FreeTradeZone web site. As mentioned a few days ago, that will no
longer be accessible for free in a few days time.
(I don't have an older Option Board yet. I want to get info on the ICs it uses
for a possible future reverse-engineering effort, to figure out how the card
works, and allow low-level disk-imaging software to be written.)
At 12:08 PM 11/30/01 -0600, you wrote:
>I would add: HP2000 timeshare system..widely used, often provided the
>first exposure to computers that got many of us started in the field.
My first intro to "real" computers:
IBM's ITF (interactive terminal facility) timeshare system that
ran on the 360/370 mainframes.
Not widely used (I heard it was 10 installations worldwide),
but must have been a huge development effort on the part of IBM.
A scaled down locked down (but I did figure out how to crash it) TSO with
Basic and PL/I programming langs.
Changed my life, possibly for the worse, 25+ years ago. Hmm...
Others I'd put on the list from personal experience:
Early HP3000 (series I,II,III)
IBM PC 5150