VAXen at home

Patrick Finnegan pat at
Wed Oct 17 11:32:27 CDT 2007

On Wednesday 17 October 2007 12:22, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> One of the reasons that I don't really want one of the old 60's era
> big iron mainframes (even if I could find one) is related to this.
> CDC Sunnyvale did not have a backup power supply for their machines.
> So, when power went, the automatic switch would switch over to--
> nothing. When the onion fields in Moffet Park started giving way to
> tilt-ups, power outages were frequent.  When the lights went out and
> that awful silence took possession of the machine floor, you packed
> up your stuff and left.   The CE's would probably be repairing the
> dmanage to the machines for the rest of the day--and perhaps for the
> next several days.

So what kind of problems were caused by the power outages?  I assume 
that these are hardwar faults, not software-related things (like 
filesystems that were screwed up after the outage, etc).

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