Flashback to 1986
By Stephen Repetski on Jun 26, 2009
Regressing away from the general topic of my summer, an opportunity came up that I just won't be able to say no to. I was introduced to this beast of a machine earlier in the day today. It was apparently brought back from a customer's site a few weeks ago, and should still be working; one of my projects next week should be to make sure it boots and get it up and running again :)
Sun 2/160 Info:
A color 2/160 with 8Mb of memory, two 71 Mb SCSI disks and 60 Mb 1/4" SCSI tape cost $48,800 (1986 US price list).
It's a bit strange looking at hardware that's been standing longer than you've been alive. One of the oldest pre-built (not including built at home, otherwise the list would grow a bit) computers that I've worked with so far (possibly excluding our home computer from when I was in ~2nd grade) is the Cray SV1 supercomputer at TJ. From my knowledge, the Cray is at least from this millennium; the 2/160 is definitely quite a bit older than that :) The image below this is a picture (courtesy Wikipedia) of a 1MB RAM card - thankfully, we've since come very since!
As far as my main project of the summer goes, there are a few links that should be quite helpful with getting information about what's already been done:
This particular link for the JavaOne presetations focuses on the "Web 2.0, Next Generation Web, and Cloud Services Platform" subjects that have become increasingly essential in the past couple of years.
A few of the presentations here are really well done, but I haven't yet gotten to the hands-on demos that were shown during the conference. More to look forward to for next week, I guess!
My first week (of nine or ten, not completely sure) has been quite an experience, and something to look forward to every day. I'll keep posting on my progress, and possibly even continue blogging after the summer is over!