vintage computers in active use

Dave Wade dave.g4ugm at
Thu May 26 13:13:33 CDT 2016

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> Subject: Re: vintage computers in active use
> On 5/26/2016 10:22 AM, dwight wrote:
> > It is interesting that the military may not be able to use W10.
> > I doubt it can meet tempest requirements without major changes.
> > Dwight
> >
> There is a lot of phone home crap in windows.  A friend who otherwise had
> worried about such things is starting to formulate a firewall
> (reverse) to put in for customers to block outbound communications with
> mother ship.  I suspect they were there before, but they are there a lot
in W10.
> He specifically is going to get with port number blocking outbound, and
> inbound crap, but still will hopefully preserve the windows updates.
> seems to be an effort to get this going he is working with.

But it generally uses 443 and 80 so it can get through firewalls. It also
tends to use "normal" Microsoft server addresses. It is also often on port
443. There is wasting my time, and wasting my time.

> On the topic of the military, they were doing things to thermally record
> floppies as well so they could not be altered between the source and
> destinations.  They never came up with a newer technology they liked to
> replace that capability on either tapes or floppies.
> They used 7 track tapes for Nike Ajax targeting data that could not be
> due to how they were recorded.
> I worked with a sales rep with an early optical media vendor and the
> brass went nuts over it, but the vendor's technology was proprietary, and
> didn't want to jump from one hard to deal with tech to another.
> The rep was a retired petty officer, and he said he about crapped when he
> into the meeting with all generals and admirals and the like.
> Still had the averse reaction to brass from his old salt days.
> thanks
> Jim

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