>>>Way back in the 80's.
>>>My first Xenix machine was a converted Radio Shack Model II
>>>1 Mb Ram and you hooked up terminals via 9600 Baud Serial cables!
>>>Oh, and I almost forgot, 8" Floppies!
>> Wow! 1MB. Most of the RS machines I had to work on had less than
>> that. The RS-16 - the native model - shipped with 128K
>That was, AFIK, an addin boardset and ram to the Model 16, to give
>it 68K capability, and sufficient ram and I/O to run a V7ish UNIX
>(Xenix 1.0). Ours had 768K, a VT100 term or two, two 8mb HD's,
>and one Shugart 8 inch floppy drive.
The 16 was a 68K. There was an add-in set to convert a II to a 16.
But you had those old ugly fat SS 8" drives instead of the thin-line
DS drives in the 16.
Quote:>I still have the boot disks to the critter, but the machine is long ago
>gone into the machine dumpster in the sky.....
I have a 16 [serial number in the 700 range] and a 6000 sitting on
a table across the room. The 6K has the 16 memory board, and it
non-booting at the moment. Need to pull the cards and reseat them.
Been meaning to do that for a year now, and archive some really old
8" floppies onto CD and then send these beasts on.
Quote:>A VAX is better funtoyz,
But takes a lot more juice. Even my friends MicroVax was a power
Quote:>these days.....(:+}}... But, to think we used to run those critters
>with 15mb or so of HD space.... not even possible, equivalently, today,
>unless a picoBSD sort of thing applies.
You could even run a leaf node on usenet on 15MB if you used quick
expires. That was when we'd move 1MB a day, not per message :-)
I wound up putting an internal 70MB in, and for awhile was
consitantly in the top-500 usenet node/transport list - back when
that was doable. There were about 50,000 'servers' on the net then
and only a million or so users. Fun days.