Anyone with an ATW800 (Transputer workstation)?
dave04a at dunfield.com
Fri Feb 17 10:27:52 CST 2006
> I am VERY VERY JEALOUS! I really wanted one myself but could never find
> one :-(
I just "lucked into it" - The original owner had given it to a museum, however
when they closed they returned it to him due to it's unique nature. He wanted
to put it somewhere where it would be preserved and found me! As fortune
would have it, we in the same province (about 6 hours away).
The history the owner gave me might make you cry however. He was working
for a company in Toronto who had about 20 of them shipped over from Germany
and either never used them, or used them only for a short while. They were all
stacked up in a storeroom for "years" and someone decided it was time to clean
out "all that junk" - He snagged one, but he's pretty sure that most or all of the
others got landfilled. - The one I got is "like new", and in it's original shipping
box ... I expect the others were the same :-(
> The blue book should tell you what the commands are (again on my
> website). Did you download the latest version of Helios? Also, the
> set of commands can be found by looking at:
Thanks - I guess it just looked so "unixey" that I expected a shutdown command.
I've grabbed most of the docs, and I will be going through them in detail.
So far I have NOT replaced the original OS. The distribution disks say version
1.1, IIRC I saw a version 1.17 somewhere on the screen but I wasn't taking notes
at the time (just trying to get it to come up). Next time I fire it up I will record the
details of what is there. The file structure looked pretty clean (like a system that
hadn't seen much use at all) - pretty much just basic system utilities etc.
I will at some point try the Helios 1.3 that you have posted, however I don't want
to wipe the original drive, so I'm going to dig around and see if I can find a
compatible hard drive.
Thanks again - you may not have heard the last of me ...
dave04a (at) Dave Dunfield
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