On Sun, 29 Jun 1997, Ward Griffiths and/or Lisa Rogers wrote:
On Sun, 29 Jun 1997, Brett wrote:
For the company Notes system, the NT Servers are in the same room. It's
an insurance company -- they've gotten into the security habit strongly
since they installed about the third production Univac I that was ever
made back about the time I was born.
The people that you could REALLY hurt if you broke security!
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Yes, 'SPA' probably stands for 'serial port
Aside - What the heck is that shorty card in there? All epoxied up.
Says TI on it. Metal shield. Any ideas?
Damfino -- never did a TI Xenix system. Did Xenix on Tandy, Altos, and
with SCO a shitload of 386 platforms, but not TI.
This is the SPA card. It has 3 20 pin chips and 1 24 pin chip in it (from
looking at the back). It has LAB1 as a part name and on the slot cover
it says "SPA ID NUMBER : 3531". On the drive is an installation script
to change SPA passwords. Three entries :
# cat /etc/softpwd
Looks like some protection thingy for Cobol and a Database thing.
recognize anything on it that has a name I know. Full 1/4 inch
on a DC600 tape (I now have one blank 8-) Yup - got the tape to work!
Cool. Those mini-QIC drives have never given me _anything_ but grief.
From the age, that drive is probable 60 MB, but could be as much as 150.
No problems - so far 8-)
Well, Xenix is pretty rugged, even on an Intel box.
> > So what utilities are on the machine? Does
it have the Software
> > Development package? (type 'cc' to check). Does it have the Text
> > Processing package?
No cc 8-( Maybe time to turn it into a Linux Box.
For text processing, look for 'troff' in a bin
directory. Of course, an
'ls /usr/games' will tell you whether or not the machine is worth keeping
for the long run. Especially if you've got 'rogue' or 'hack' (and if
don't, I suspect they can be tracked down).
No troff either &-( And no games! What the heck!
> > To enter the machine room where I work I
have to exchange the card-key
> > that gives me access to the building for one that gives me access to
> > that room -- and I have to trade back if I want to go outside to smoke
> > a cigarette.
> That's cool! Very professional. Do they body search you before you go in
> and after you come out? Hmmm... Cigarettes - another thread!
Well, I find much of the discussion about getting the
yellowing from tar
and nicotine off of the cases to be rather irrelevant -- for almost of
twenty years, my nocturnal hacking has been with an overflowing ashtray on
one side of the keyboard and a twelve-pack of something above 3.2% on the
Well, I also crank up Led Zeppelin and go for something in the 18 proof
range 8-) Sometimes I mellow out with Readers Digest "Big Band Era" - but
I'm strange. (Man can Christopher Columbus bang those drums!)
Yes, I Windex the screens -- the yellowing of
off-white cases I find
relaxing. (I live in New Jersey, but I'm from Los Angeles -- that means
that while the groundwater is fine, due to the lack of an inversion
layer the air is lacking in essential vitamins -- two generations in
L.A. and evolution worked. I _need_ the supplementary carbon monoxide,
and jogging behind busses is too much like exercise.)
Not EXACTLY what I meant 8-) I was wondering - with all the secoandhand
smoke info flowing around - if you ever had a "hardware" failure directly
tied to cigarettes? I had one. The damn thing rolled off the ashtray onto
a 5 1/4 disk. Melted it before I could get to it. That's why I make
backups! But I use to teach computers in - oh 82-85. We used 8 inch drives
and thru a *design* flaw the fans sucked instead of blew. Used to flip my
ashes right in there. Used to throw the floppy up and then jump on it.
In all those years, I lost one disk. Had my boots reheeled after that 8-)
But smoking and computers are A BIG NO!NO! I can see a problem with maybe
CD-ROMS and floppies - tar gumming up the works - but I have never had a
failure that wouldn't have been as bad if it was Kool-Aid or something.
I think sugar based stuff is the worst for computers. Conductive and