Classic Computer Rescue Squad

From: Doug Spence <>
Date: Mon Nov 10 04:12:27 1997

On Fri, 7 Nov 1997, Tim Shoppa wrote:

> > On Thu, 6 Nov 1997, Tim Shoppa wrote:
> >
> > > Not a problem. I can get you a Nova 4 CPU+chassis, a DG terminal, a
> > > 6045 14" disk drive, controller, and pack, and a 9-track tape drive,
> > > all hooked together and running DG RDOS.
> >
> > How much space would a system like this take, and what kind of power is
> > required to feed it? :)
> All the above fit together in a 5-foot-high rack that has a footprint
> of about 22" wide x 36" deep. (OK, I'm assuming you sit the terminal
> on top of the rack - a more realistic use would have the terminal
> on a desk somewhere!)

If I moved my brother's Mustang out of its snug insulated and heated
compartment in our garage, there'd be enough room in there for SEVERAL of
these machines, AND they'd be situated next to the circuit breakers.
<rub hands with scheming glee>

Now, how do I "disappear" a red Mustang convertible in a way that nobody
notices? :)

> You need a little bit of clearance behind the
> rack so that you can run cables, and about 2 feet of clearance in front
> to open the tape drive door or pull the disk drive out to change the
> removable pack. Total weight is about a quarter-ton, and
> current draw is 5-6 Amps (_at_120V) with the CPU and disk drive running; add
> another 4 to 5 Amps if the tape drive is on and loaded.

How well would a Nova survive winter weather during transit? Do you think
CN or CP would be too rough with these things? :)

> Tim. (

Doug Spence
Received on Mon Nov 10 1997 - 04:12:27 GMT

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