Free stuff

From: Brian Roth <>
Date: Thu Jun 7 04:33:45 2001

On Thu, 07 Jun 2001, you wrote:
> On Wed, 6 Jun 2001, Arthur Clark wrote:
> Larger deskside Q-bus systems like the MicroVAX-II; the MicroVAX 3300,
> 3400, 3600, 3900, and some of the VAX 4000 line are good starters.
> They're relatively cheap. In some cases they're pretty slow with the
> exception of the VAX 4000 systems. Most of the Q-bus modules are fairly
> inexpensive--with the notable exception of SCSI disk/tape controllers.
> They're new enough that you really don't have to worry too much about
> their components getting flakey--again, maybe with the exception of some
> of the older MFM drives used in the MicroVAX-II series. They're big
> enough that people are impressed by their size. They're small enough that
> you can move them by yourself.

Ditto. I started with a MicroVAX 3300 in a B215 chassis and although certainly
not 'desktop' portable, it rolls around nicely and is not too bad speed wise.

> Beyond that, for operating systems you can choose
>between the hobbyist > version of OpenVMS for VAX and the freely available
>NetBSD/vax UNIX. >
> If you don't care so much about having a bigger than average system, you
> can always find one of the rather slim VAXstation 3100s cheaply--even on
> eBay. They have the benefit of being equipped with built-in SCSI
> controllers too.

As far as Apple equipment goes, I have some MAC stuff that will be going as


> -brian.
Brian Roth   -   System Administrator   -   Old Computer Repository 
Preoccupation is my main occupation.....     
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