It's been a hell of a week!, er WEEKS, MONTHS! VERY OT

From: Patrick Finnegan <>
Date: Fri Feb 4 12:57:57 2005

On Friday 04 February 2005 11:46, Jim Leonard wrote:
> Ed Kelleher wrote:
> > IBM - forgettaboutit.
> Why the stigma against IBM? Is the Model 5150 not "old" enough? Or
> is it because that its grandchildren are still in use today? (This
> question isn't directed squarely at you, but at everyone on this list
> who feels the same way -- again, not passing judgement, just trying
> to understand why (mostly) everyone on this list seems to hate
> "peecees")

IBM has made a lot more than just PCs. I *love* their UNIX (RS/6000)
stuff, and their bigger (mainframe) stuff. I've even got a pair of
System/36 boxes, which I need to mess with at some point. I haven't
played with much of their mini/mainframe sized stuff earlier than that,
mostly because I haven't come across it.

It's sort of annoying how difficult it is to find specs (or parts),
especially for the older stuff, but IBM pretty much always did a great
job of the mechanical design, and overdesigning stuff, which you don't
see in (non-51xx or PS/2) PCs, or most microcomputers. Even the
RS/6000s that they made with platic shells instead of metal ones are
suprisingly well built, and hold up very nicely.

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