Interesting Apple PowerBook tablet computer

From: Jason McBrien <>
Date: Tue May 25 09:05:31 2004

>From: "Teo Zenios" <>
>Reply-To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic
>To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts"
>Subject: Re: Interesting Apple PowerBook tablet computer
>Date: Mon, 24 May 2004 16:55:29 -0400
>The ANS 500 looks impressive, but your stuck running one version of AIX and
>there is no support for anything newer then what shipped with the unit
>there is probably a version of Linux for it). There really isn't much
>information about these units around, must have died a quick death in the
>I don't see why an AWS95 isn't considered a real server since it was the
>best/last platform for A/UX, has a 300 watt power supply, security key that
>controls power, and room for lots of scsi drives internally and externally.

The AWS95 is a monster, in desktop computer terms. It's got a massive,
cache-accelerated SCSI-II controller eating up the PDS slot, tons of NuBus
and memory slots, includes a DAT drive, and A/UX FLIES on it.

The ANS hardware is interesting, I remember a MacWorld article on them, and
they seem pretty beasty. RAID, redundant, hot-swappable power supplies, LCD
status screen, etc... As far as alternate OSes go, I assume you could get
some version of Linux running on it, and, *of course*:

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