Subject: Re: test
To: Paul Mather <>
From: Lord Isildur <>
List: port-pmax
Date: 11/11/2002 14:18:22
yeah, those power supplies are amazing.. it never fails to impress me 
when there's a quick power flicker.. all the PeeCees are rebooting, and 
the DECstations are still running. i had a 5k240 up for 672 days, i shut 
her down in august for reasons of temporary insanity.. i was going out of 
the country for 2 weeks and wasnt as confident in the UPS, and decided to 
down the machine. It was running just fine and still would be! well, the 
downing of it also allowed me to upgrade it to a 5k260.. *sigh*
just about the only thing more indestructible than a DECstation might be 
a microvax.. :-)

happy hacking,

On Mon, 11 Nov 2002, Paul Mather wrote:
> Actually, that reminds me: we also had a DECstation 5000/240 in our
> lab running X, and it was running some flavour of NetBSD 1.4-current.
> I say "was" because THEY had the machine surplused because it was
> using space in our server room "needed" for a shiny new Dell x86
> "server" running RedHat something-or-other. :-(
> (That 5k/240 was the very one that prompted a post by me about whether
> "uptime" started outputting "years" after it crossed the 365 days
> barrier.  We had to power it down a couple of days short of that
> milestone for some temporary physical re-shuffling before I could find
> out.  In the end, I peeked at the source code and discovered it
> doesn't...:)
> I was sad to see them get rid of that 5k/240.  It was reliable as
> hell.  It even stayed up during a power glitch when *everything* else
> rebooted.  I don't know what they use for power supplies in the
> 5k/240, but it sure was good!
> Cheers,
> Paul.