DEC RK07 drive interface specs wanted

From: Tony Duell <>
Date: Mon May 17 17:29:36 2004

> That reminds me of once, some 15-20 years ago, when I was working as a
> sysadmin. I happened to wander into the machine room while the field
> circus[%] tech was doing a PM on our (removable-pack) disk drives. He
> had the drive open and the guts all hanging out - and smoking.

I assume the faild servoid was the thing that was smoking. I've had
drives smoke, of course -- like other electronic devices they run on
magic smoke (when it leaks out, they stop working :-)). If this had
happened to me, I would have escorted that idiot off the site, and told
DEC to send somebody who actually had a clue if they expected me to pay
the service contract! No, I am not joking.

FWIW, I forbid smoking anywhere near any of my machines, both for my
health and theirs.

> I fear I went rather ballistic; we didn't let people smoke in that
> machine room even under normal operating circumstances.

I don't blame you!

> [%] I don't usually like to use phrases like "field circus" (or
> "salesdroid" or similar denigratory mutations), but in this case

I don't know why you avoid such terms. They are sadly all too appropriate.

Received on Mon May 17 2004 - 17:29:36 BST

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