julesrichardsonuk at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Jan 9 11:44:01 CST 2007
Wai-Sun Chia wrote:
> On 1/9/07, Richard <legalize at xmission.com> wrote:
>> Nothing is too heavy to post!
> Try a complete 8-node VAXcluster with VAX9000s with the accompanying
> storage, starcouplers, printers, VTs, networking gear.... etc.
For certain classes of things, the problem's not in the weight or size, but in
retaining (and having on-tap at either end) the knowledge to dismantle and put
back together again, I suppose.
I remember with our Marconi that it took several days for the trained site
engineers to label everything up, dismantle it, and properly pack it - then
another whole day at the other end to put everything back together properly
and recommission it. That's without the effort to physically move the thing
across country, which easily filled an entire truck what with the machine
itself, documentation, software (large cabinet of paper tape), spares, and the
It's a similar story for any big installations, I suspect - DEC's just
something of an exception to a certain extent because there's so much of their
stuff about and so much knowledge within the collecting community. Even then
I'd think twice about entrusting the bigger hardware to a freight company
without some sort of supervision from people who know the hardware.
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