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