Subject: Re: More raining VAXentoyz -- VAXstation 3200 today
To: Lord Isildur <>
From: Dave McGuire <>
List: port-vax
Date: 01/26/2001 15:42:15
  Starting back in 1986, my junior year in high school, I ran a
PDP11/34a in my bedroom.  Two 6' racks...10.5" cpu chassis absolutely
loaded, an 11/45-style expansion chassis containing a DH11-AD mux and
an RK611, an RX01, two RL01s, one RL02, and a TS03 magtape.  Next to
those racks was an RK07 disk drive.  I absolutely adored that system.
One of the biggest mistakes I've ever made in my life was parting it
out and selling it when I got a PDP11/73 in a Dataram chassis a couple
of years later.  The Dataram SMD controller with the Fuji M2312 80mb
drive on the 11/73 was great, but it just didn't have the "magic" of
that RK07. :-)

  That system...with its big Condor fans spinning in the tops of the
H960 racks, and the RK07 (which, if you've never heard one, sounds
a lot like a jet airliner) put out a HUGE amount of white noise...I
got so used to sleeping with that sound, that to this day I cannot
sleep without some equipment fans running in the bedroom!

             -Dave McGuire

On January 26, Lord Isildur wrote:
> yeah, i do the same thing.. my uv3, spinning wren 7's, plus decstations 
> and a
> dec3000 alpha put out a nice whirring hum, on a couple of occasions 
> during really bad storms ive powered everythign down except the one 
> decstation on a UPS, and the place was _eerily_ quiet. its easy to not 
> notice how used i was to fallign alseep to the sounds of the disks 
> auto-calibrating themselves every so often and humming and spinning away 
> downstairs (and you can hear it almost throughout the place.. :-) 
> *sigh* the peecee kiidies dont know what theyre missing!
> eagerly awaiting that 4000/600
> isildur
> On Fri, 26 Jan 2001 wrote:
> > On 26 Jan, Brian Hechinger wrote:
> > 
> > > or i can sneak you all into the computer lab at work and you can sleep while
> > > listening to the white noise of a data center.  (alas, no more VAXen)
> >                    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> > I hope there are enough UPSen? Early last year we had the first VAX
> > geek meeting at Christophes "VAXcave" (his summer house). It was rather
> > could outside - and inside the cave. So we powerd up lots of VAXen,
> > DECstations, HP9000, Suns, ... An incredible noise. Especially from the
> > MVII in the BA123 with thre RD54... We had a good sleep. ;-)
> > But in the morning there was a power outage. The entire crew woke up
> > imediately because of the silence. :-)))
> > -- 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > tsch|_,
> >          Jochen
> > 
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> >