Tandem Minicomputers

Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
Mon Sep 30 11:44:50 CDT 2019

On 9/30/19 8:57 AM, Jon Elson via cctalk wrote:
> On 09/29/2019 11:46 PM, Jason T via cctalk wrote:
>> Well I said no more computers I can't lift, but exotic systems keep
>> finding me.  So today we pulled a Tandem CLX out of a basement, along
>> with a few boxes of docs, 9-track tapes and random odd and ends:
>> https://photos.app.goo.gl/m2N7RKN3JXcmVTUC8
>> There's such as thing as "so obscure that no one knows/cares about
>> it".  I've had those before.  Do I have another?  It sure is heavy.
>> -j
> Tandem was hot stuff back in the 1980's.  These appear to be the last
> gasp of their technology.
> Once you had fast networking between processors, the whole Tandem
> concept became pretty easy to do on a few ordinary processors, without
> special hardware.  So, their whole reason for being became moot.

Jimmy Treybig was a master marketeer.  I recall that when his offerings
debuted, he equip a guest with a pair of diagonal cutters and instruct
them to pick a wire, any wire and cut it.

The system would just keep running.

The old OnSale auction site that featured some really good deals back in
the 1990s was powered by Tandem.



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