On Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 07:36:33AM -0700, Lyle Bickley wrote:
On Sunday 22 June 2008 11:08, Eric Smith wrote:
I have a Sun 3/60 that I would like to trade. My interest is
uncommon Tektronix stuff, pre-1980. [...] Local pickup only.
No offense intended, but the way I read that is "I have some stuff
that is nearly common as dirt..."
I agree with Eric. Suns of just about all vintages are common here in Silicon
Valley. Not to be unexpected, however, since this is Sun's "headquarter"
location. I've seen everything from IPXs to current Sunfire systems
at "Weirdstuff Warehouse" and "Auction BDI" on a fairly regular
In Ohio, where I am when I'm not here, Sun gear isn't quite as common
as mud, but it's usually pretty easy to find Sun gear that's past its
prime (no pun intended) at the local Uni surplus. At one point a few
years back (2001?), they had pallets of SPARC-LX boxes - most needed
to have the EEPROM password cleared (they were set up to netboot, then
locked), but there are instructions on the 'net for how to spoof the
boot process, and once you can get to a Solaris prompt as root, it's
trivial to clear it. Before that, we also had a company in the area
that used to upgrade local Sun customers in huge swaths. They took
the customers' older machines in trade and resold them retail. I
scored my first SPARC1 that way - it was diskless (they'd bundled
working disks with packages that were too expensive for me) and
had about 25% of a full boat of RAM. It cost as much as my Amiga 1000,
but it was a SPARCstation and it was a great learning experience
(and responsible for helping me land several excellent jobs, including
my first trip to the Pole).
Sun stuff is definitely out there, but even so, I wouldn't call
pre-SPARC Sun gear common in my area. A while back, though, I
did manage to score a Sun 3/60 as it was hitting the dumpster,
something I wouldn't expect to see these days.
If you're interested in vintage Sun gear - and
it's not available in your
area - you might want to join the "Suns at Home" list. It's a low volume
which keeps "on topic":
That is an excellent Sun-focused list that I (and I think others here
as well) have been a member of for years. Lots of really knowlegeble
folks and some pretty good free-for-pickup or inexpensive deals on
a regular basis.
Ethan Dicks, A-333-S Current South Pole Weather at 24-Jun-2008 at 16:00 Z
South Pole Station
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APO AP 96598 Wind 6.2 kts Grid 49 Barometer 678.3 mb (10692 ft)
Ethan.Dicks at usap.gov http://penguincentral.com/penguincentral.html