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From: "Ethan Dicks" <dickset(a)amanda.spole.gov>
To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts"
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2004 10:44 PM
Subject: Re: Anyone have a spare RX23?
On Sun, Apr 18, 2004 at 12:58:40PM -0700, Zane H.
I'm curious. Why on earth do you need a
floppy drive on a VAX? I've
never used a floppy drive on a VMS system. I either use tape,
network, CD, or hard drive to transfer data between systems.
We had an RUX50 on our 11/750 at Software Results (I still have it)
we needed to send our product to our customers with
have TK50. I'll admit that today, ethernet
interfaces are plentiful, as
are tape drives, but some of my own machines are limited to floppy or
serial port (i.e., Kermit).
The VAXstation 3100, though, should have a network interface.
Perhaps it's like when I got my first SPARCstation, ten years ago... it
didn't come with a floppy drive, so I bought one - with shipping I think
it cost about 10% of what I paid for the workstation. I think I used it
twice. :-( Now, of course, they cost a lot more to ship than they cost
to aquire. I have several in a box. At the time, however, my *other*
machines didn't all have network interfaces. I've since corrected _that_.
The VAXstation *does* have a network interface, but I haven't gotten around
to using it yet. What I want to do is save some configuration files and
other small bits of information. Most of my classic computers are micros
and don't have networking capability (yet) so I just need a simple way to
stash a few files. I'm using the VAX station to learn VMS and want to be
prepared in case I hose things while learning.