[LINK] In the old days ... [was: Link archives]

Eleanor Lister eleanor at pacific.net.au
Tue Jul 11 16:40:41 AEST 2006

Howard Lowndes wrote:
> Rick Welykochy wrote:
>> And I am still amazed by the track record of my uni's old IBM 360 
>> (and subsequent
>> Amdahl 370) that multitasked over 550 sumultaneous terminal 
>> connections as well
>> as ran Dept of Physics and Chemistry simulations in the background. 
>> All using one
>> CPU, 8 MB of core memory and drum (not disk) for swapping. The disk 
>> units for the
>> thing looked like washing machines and were famous for marching 
>> across the machine
>> room floor when overtaxed. Think platters you could eat off.
> We used to call our washing machines and we had to relocate them after
> every month end processing run.  Wang I think it was with the 14" 
> multiple platters - weighed a bloody ton as well.  We later had NCR 
> with single 14" platters.
a friend tells me that a place he worked used to have the system crash 
once a year ... during the annual office xmas party ... apparently one 
of the sysops had a annual tradition of boffing a secretary one top of 
one of the washing machines, while both very drunk.

Eleanor Ashley Lister
South Sydney Greens
secretary at ssg.nsw.greens.org.au

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