Early Unix micros; AT&T 3B5

Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
Thu Jan 18 17:05:25 CST 2007

This mention of the Lisa, M20, Onyx, etc. running some flavor of Unix 
around 1982-84 and my memories of the Hated Plexus reminds me of an 
experience that I had about that time (i.e. right about the time of 
the Ma Bell breakup).

I'd read in one of the trade rags about the AT&T 3B5 and thought it 
would make a great development machine.  To this day, I don't know if 
my hunch was right or not.  I called AT&T computer sales and got the 
runaround for at least a week.  Fortunately, most of the referrals I 
was given were 800 toll-free ones.  I never could find someone who 
could sell me one.  It seems that everyone thought I was talking 
about the 6300.  It was very frustrating--"We have dollars; we like  
trade them for computer.  Don't want 6300; want 3B5.  Ugh"

Did anyone on this list ever succeed in acquiring one around that 
time? If so, how was the service and performance?


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