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Here, last one (the other one become spare parts:)

Say it now or withhold it forever, micro-channel, running only big endian, sorry, no ARC, if you don’t know what it is, obviously is not something for you, here good to go, ask and you will be given, at a reasonable price, unless you know who you are:

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Written by dibi58

October 8, 2015 at 9:12 am

Mortality statistics

If you may be interested, some experimental mortality due to lousy electrical systems, combined with excessive humidity, numbers as manifested in the last decade (updated for sold:)

SGI MIPS64 dead 0 of 2
IBM 6000 PPC64 dead 0 of 1
HP/Apollo 9000 HPPA dead 0 of 3 (one alienated now)
Compaq/HP x86/x64 dead 7 of 9 (and two barely alive now)
DEC/Compaq Alpha dead 1 of 3 (one alienated now)
DEC VAX dead 0 of 2
Apple dead 6 of 9 (and two alienated)
Sun SPARC64 dead 3 of 11 (and two alienated now)
Cybertron x86/x64 dead 2 of 2

Eventually what we can all see, is that quality is important, “and” market favors junk over well built systems, now think about that at your next appropriation project.

(updated on 9/8/2016)

Written by dibi58

October 4, 2015 at 11:36 am

Windows 10

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Just for information, as for windows 8 and 8.1, for which we replaced the whole disk with one with SuSe 13.2 x64, we are not going to upgrade to windows 10, even realizing that within one year all the windows licenses from 7 back (of systems born on computers, not the ones installed by “full” licenses from CDs,) will be expired and de-supported, both,) after an assessment where we found that we can still run pretty much all 32 bit Oracle on 2k VMs up to version 11. Within a year we may find out if or not our current vista64 and 7 (supporting Oracle 12 and 64 bit versions,) may still be usable for production, if not, they’ll go as well with no replacement, since anyhow modern distribution of application software is going to appliances, and some changes may be on the way also on our software choices (such as changes of architecture for purpose of elimination of WIFI/BT/IR support, java and all adobe products.)

The reasons for the choice, “many,” but a few here, mainly very worrisome such as the copy of all your system at M$ accessible by whoever “they” want, making illegal under any national security laws using windows 10, for which the new policies take effect on 1 August, you can read more here, for new purchases pre-loaded, (now generally 8, 8.1, and probably also soon 10,) we suggest flashing the system and the hard disks BIOS, formatting the drives “without” a UEFI partition, and installing from scratch something else, (SuSe seems a good option, inter-operable among laptops and PCs, or RH/Solaris, inter-operable also among servers.)

Now, everybody is free to make their own choices, but industries bankrupt and governments failed because of espionage are very heavy costs for nations, and at this point the espionage agenda “in hardware” does not permit any longer the solution of use of systems not attached to networks, because they are reachable anyhow via the G3 networks, in so the only hardware solutions are: 1) eliminate BYOD 2) deposit phones at the door 3) only PCs built in 2011 and before (excluding all intel for ring zero escalation bug, all sandy bridge and newer, all vpro and non not v-pro, but OK AMD and servers where LOM/ILO is on a different not connected port) 4) Elimination of windows outside of virtual machines or sealed systems with no network ports 5) Only non PC and non windows compatible (windows is now attached to PRISM) newer purchases (various different architectures to be evaluated.)

Apparently the US industry is realizing to have fucked up big times in sabotaging and spying on it’s allies (and getting caught,) now they predict that is going to cost them money, oh, “that was unexpected,” fine, we may end up buying diskless SPARC in japan, or maybe MIPS64, or what else ? big endian PPC64 ?, countries could build their own national ARM64, bye bye spie spie ;-).

Update 1: While is known that El Gamal is broken, notice that RSA has been back-doored by NSA at least since early 2k, the details, a trick in the usual random generators, in so, off-line generation of (very long, at least 4096 or 8192) keys on good RSA only on systems in the late nineties.

Update 2: Recently mainframes are becoming targets, is advisable to urgently migrate all the legacy systems (no hardware changes required, only software,) s390 to SuSe or RH, possibly going SuSe (as z-linux) now supported by IBM and Oracle, from my testing on Fedora s390 of a few years ago some interesting considerations: easier management as far as training, can run development and testing on virtual machines, (see hercules,) and vulnerabilities are patched much faster. Same (obviously) for other legacy mainframe not maintained, (“and” would be advisable migrating AIX, and all HP as well.)

Update 3: Would be advisable to migrate all critical and all old unsupported versions for general use, to Solaris 11.2, most can be taken care by virtualization, the few things not available, can be run on current SuSe and RH. Been running Solaris 11.x since exit, no known problems. Sufficient numbers of old systems (early 90s generation, “not” intel, all vulnerable,) to be preserved strictly off-line for keys generation.

Update 4: Ciphers and hashes on all older databases “and” operating systems, too weak for current breakers, (also considering parallel clusters power,) “everything” should be upgraded to latest version except mainframe legacy and windows, that should be ported to *ux, vms can be temporarily preserved with sha256, et cetera, upgrades,) “minimum” transitional supported on previous version, safer “current” version, porting of all databases to oracle legacy and mysql, sybase, all and only latest version. Passwords should be a minimum of 18 mixes of characters, upper and lower, symbols and number, with no dictionary words (in any languages,) to be minimally safe, not reusing on different accounts, minimizing online presence.

Update 5: IBM just announced an agreement with Canonical to take Ubuntu on mainframes, for now, stick with SuSe, but in the future, with Canonical, there will be very free mainframe uses for education, CNC, 3d printing, et cetera. Also, the battle with code breakers can not be won, only suppliers that upgrade ‘ahead’ of the vulnerabilities can be trusted, so, basically for the PC and WS market, you are down to “latest” BSD, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX and (verify what they use) many linux. Windoze, nope, even on AMD not vulnerable, passwords can be broken instantly, MAC neither because they only use Intel, ring zero or sandy bridge escalations, no difference, you are out of luck, time to retire “all” Intel CPU machines (except pre 2011 Itanium, unless you want to run DOS, not on network, on pre-2011, there is nothing to escalate there, is already open to all.)

Update 6: As expected, in the next move of microsoft boiling the frog, probably the windows 10 model is directed towards charging the users per month, just as comcast, or others, and now this al capone style forcing up the troth of citizens an offer that can not be refused (not by microsoft, but by the corrupt public system and education system, which force people to use microsoft for their agendas,) is going to result in the the bill gates tax to use public services, sponsored by the political clientele at taxpayers expenses, and is as usual explainable at the levels three and four of the scale of civilizations collapse of orlov, how low the western civilization has fallen, thanks to the over-procreating bigotry of the self referent pedo-clergy and banco-mafia driven “population bomb,” hallelujah.

Update 10: Now both vista 64 and win7 de-supported, with the help of a crappy electric system that has often no decent ground, another alpha and a quad core AMD fried, and with the win 7 on a dual core AMD so bloated to make it too slow to be usable, our oracle (32 bit only support for windows) stops on 11 on server and workstation 2k, no more win or VMS or tru64 alpha either, from now on we support only solaris 64 on both architectures (AMD and SPARC,) linux 64 on red hat and SuSe AMD, and will see eventually if we can do VAX/Alpha and s390 emulation, the rest, “all gone,” no moo … and don’t count on windows 32 either for too long …

Written by dibi58

July 30, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Here one more good to go

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If my heath gets better, down the line, may be looking into an rx6000 or rx2600 to run vms and hp-ux again, as it stands, I’m dropping everything except sparc, just don’t have the energy anymore.

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Written by dibi58

February 6, 2015 at 2:21 am

More systems getting ready to go

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Here the 3100 server and the XVT2000, not doing too much with those at our days, but are still nice hardware, most of it for me is now virtualized. If you have never seen one of those systems in your life time, here they are:

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Guess is enough, I have more, but next time.

Written by dibi58

January 25, 2015 at 11:35 am

Here, if you have a museum, one piece left for you.

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Well, the normal end of my systems, is alienation, when I can not use them any longer, but my health got to a point where I may be recycled before them, so if you have an interest, let me know, they weight a ton, so unless you are an airline or an air force, you may want to be close to Portland, the other one, in the US North West.

Ultra Sparc model 170, last ultra 1 left of five, has 640mb ram and 1mb video, fanless cooling, 2gb boot disk and a 9gb disk, with a spare 2gb boot, and spare ram, and (at this moment) runs solaris 8, but can run bsd or linux as well.

Like in the movie and in the bigots fraud rite, if you want it, “speak now or forever hold your peace.” Comes with ‘a lot’ of spare parts, if interested, email or reply here for a list:

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Written by dibi58

January 10, 2015 at 7:31 pm

Nostalgic pictures, IBM PCs of early 80s

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This was the 5150, we had a bunch of them, also later retrofitted for more memory (on separate cards,) and hard disk:

Not a bad machine for those times, but CPM 80 machines had still more choice of software and better usability.

What really was a step up, was the 286, we were running SCO Xenix on those guys, first way to run a PC as a decent server, (after MPM,) basically, same expansion boards, RAM and multiple serial boards.

Well, nice times, we were young.

Written by dibi58

November 21, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Posted in hardware, historical, unix