Picked up stuff from Pete's

Pete Lancashire pete at petelancashire.com
Wed Apr 25 09:32:10 CDT 2018

I am glad they got rescued.

On the Alpha stuff, I will over the next month, put all the Tru64 and
OpenVMS CD sets, documentation and hardware licenses into on pile.

I would like to find a destination that will / can redistribute the CD's
etc. I don't want to them and the licenses get
put into the hands of one individual and never to be seen again.

Suggestions ?


On Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 4:33 PM, Alan Perry via cctalk <
cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:

> For those follow the rescue of equipment from Pete Lancashire's place
> outside of Portland ...
> I went out there last Friday. Pete was unavailable, so a friend of his let
> me and showed me where to avoid stepping.
> The amount of stuff there was impressive/amazing/overwhelming. Aside from
> the test equipment and old telecom equipment that was pointed out when I
> was shown around, it was hard to focus on one thing because I would
> immediately see something else interesting that grabbed my attention.
> I picked up seven Sun SPARC systems and three Compaq-branded Alpha systems.
> The Alpha systems all went to a local (Seattle) person who is talking to
> Bill Gunshannon about possibly getting one out to him. One of the Alphas
> was a DS20 deskside and I never figured out what the other two were. They
> were narrower and longer than the DS20. There were also some loose 72G
> Ultra3 SCSI HDDs.
> The Suns were a SS1, SS2, two SS5s (one with a Netra top cover), two SS20s
> (one with its cover removed and MBus card and memory lying near it) and a
> SS1+ "prototype". I am keeping the SS1+ and a SS5. I have found a home for
> a couple more of them and will be looking for a home for the rest.
> The SS20s are the most problematic. As you would expect from a system with
> its top cover missing, one of the SS20s does not display any diagnostic
> output or get to the OBP prompt after being powered on. The "good" one
> displays a "replace motherboard" message while going through its
> diagnostics.
> Also, as you might expect, the one called a prototype was the most
> interesting to me. I am a long-time Sun employee and, while I wasn't around
> when the SS1+ was developed, I know people who were. It isn't like any
> prototype that they knew of. Still trying to figure out exactly what it is.
> The top cover is metal and slides over the chassis (not plastic and pivots
> into place like a SS1+. There are no external markings on it. It has a Sun
> SS1+ motherboard, Sun0424 HDDs, and uses SS1/SS1+/SS2 HDD carriers, but has
> a Sony (not Sun) labeled power supply.
> As far as the 029 keypunch, it is still there. There was some confusion
> and the people who were supposed to come get it didn't. I have described to
> them where it is and how I would go about removing it.
> alan

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