What are the really unusual or weird computers?
mcguire at neurotica.com
Sun Jun 24 13:32:48 CDT 2007
On Jun 23, 2007, at 9:05 PM, Michael B. Brutman wrote:
>>> Their software is pretty unusual, but there's nothing that weird
>>> the hardware, is there?
>> Not anymore, with the change to PowerAS some years back. The original
>> AS/400s were more odd in the hardware sense.
>> The whole concept of single level storage is amazing in that works
>> at all.
> Even the current PPC hardware is not 'standard' .. there are some
> extensions to support the single level store. 'Tagged
> pointers' (ie: pointers marked as trusted by the OS) are the single
> biggest oddity that I can think of, and that requires hardware
> Sadly, the AS/400 line (iSeries) is slowly dying off ... IBM can't
> market it's way out of a paper bag, and the 'cash cow' status the
> machine has had has caused it to fall too far behind.
Last year I found myself digging around in the job market. As
most people know, there's just not much technical work in Florida
compared to other areas, so I was running scared for a while. One
thing I noticed is that all the AS/400-related jobs in the whole damn
world seem to be here. I figured that was because of their extensive
use in the health care industry, and while Florida's reputation for
being filled to overflowing with retirees is inaccurate, it's not
I wonder how quick those types of places will be to abandon their
AS/400 gear once IBM EOLs it.
Port Charlotte, FL
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