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My collection of Intel 8086/8088 processors

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Sorting through my computing related stuff, I’ve acquired over the last 30 years…. I found my collection of Intel 8086, 8088 CPUs and Intel 8087 maths co-processor.

Released 40 years ago, the birth of a standard which has kept me in a job for my working career!

Intel 8086, 8088, 8087 Processors

Intel 8086, 8088, 8087 Processors

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Goodbye Old Friends – They don’t make it like they used to!

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

I’m not quite sure if this qualifies as vintage computing, and it really breaks my heart to dispose and scrap this computer equipment, which costs many tens of thousands of pounds to purchase twenty years ago!

But it’s not been used in twelve years, and is now out of date and old, and I cannot keep it forever. You may be thinking what a waste – surely – somebody wants it, well – I tried using eBay for all my old vintage computing – but eBay is now trying to catch-up with Amazon, and it’s not the place anymore to sell, vintage, old computing, it’s full of tyre kickers, they place bids, purchase items, and then place dispute with eBay, making up an excuse, because there is not the subject matter selection, so they just select not as described, eBay then refunds them, and expects you to pay for the returned item, and let them keep it!

So I’ve abandoned ebay, I then turned to Freecycle, Gumtree and Sphock – but again this is just for people on stupid street, and the fact is the Younger Generation of Computing people today (“GUI Munchers!), do not understand all this stuff to be able to use it!

e.g. I did ask 960 students on a Computer Science Degree course, if they wanted any of this, and most of the responses were goes it have a GTX1080Ti, or can I use it to mine Bitcoins! and there was really only 1 student, which new what it was! 1 out of 960!!!!

Umm, not sure what they are being taught….

So, it goes to the local tip or recycling centre!

Very little plastic used, and all heavy metal – and after nearly 12 years of not being used, when I powered it on all 1TB of Clustered High Performance Available storage sparked into life….backed up now to 3 x SSDs, and all the 36 disks, security erased and taken to the local tip in carrier shopping bags!

3 x Compaq RA4100 with FC-AL Fabric

3 x Compaq RA4100 with FC-AL Fabric

Dismantled and stripped

Dismantled and stripped

1TB - 36 Ultra SCSI 10k rpm disks in shopping bags

1TB - 36 Ultra SCSI 10k rpm disks in shopping bagsAt the tip!

At the tip!

At the tip!

In the container at the skip!

In the container at the skip!

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Andysworld! Advent Calendar – Dec 14 – Andysworld! Traditional Norway Spruce Real Christmas Tree

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

There are no “Norwegian Blues, pining for the fjords” nesting in my Norway Spruce!

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Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 and Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 on VMware ESXi 5.0

Friday, August 26th, 2011

I’ve categorised this blog post as Vintage, well I think Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 and Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, deserve Vintage status, it’s over 15 years since it’s release, and I still remember the day, when I was the only Senior Analyst in a new job, that had installed Windows New Technology, so the first task of the day (week) was to sit with a pile of floppy disks, because they had not purchased the CDROM version, and install on 10 computers, I was still waiting for my “Top Secret Security Clearance” to be approved, so I was locked in the Datacentre! On reflection now, it would seems a very odd place to lock someone on a Ministry Of Defence site, that did not have clearance! If I needed to take a comfort break, I had to be escorted around the site!

Windows NT 4.0 License Agreement

Windows NT 4.0 License Agreement

If you’ve never read the Windows NT 4.0 License Agreement, it states 8. “…. Java Technology is not fault tolerant and is not designed, manufactured, or intended for use or resale as on-line control equipment in hazardous environments or nuclear facilities, aircraft navigation or communication systems…..”.

So Windows NT Workstation 4.0  is not supposed to be used for a messaging system? (best not say anymore about that!).

Windows NT Workstation 4.0 and Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 install so fast in a virtual environment, after many many many, manual installations and deployments on physcal servers and workstations, installation is over in 60 seconds. (it’s just rather anyonying that SP6 is require to install VMware Tools!, all of 32MB!).

Windows NT Workstation 4.0

Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0

Microsoft Windows NT Server Version : 4.0

Microsoft Windows NT Server Version : 4.0

You are probably wondering at this point, why am I installing and testing Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 and Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 on VMware ESXi 5.0!

Ah, well good reason, Boot Ferrule Man, who works in the Semiconductor Industry, one of their semiconductor robots, lets call him “Cheese”, which is controlled by an NT 4.0 PC with SSD installed in 1995, has gone wrong! So I’m just testing the media! (well okay, ISOs, the media is archived!).

Told you it had a reason!!!

and final shout-out, All the very Best Steve. I wish you and your family well.

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Adventureland

Monday, May 10th, 2010

adventureland_cover(before leaving for work this am, I thought I’d have five minutes on this classic!)

I think I’m in real trouble now. There’s a fellow here with a pitchfork and pointed tail. …Oh Hell!

Obvious exits: none

O.K.
You lost *ALL* treasures.

The game is now over!

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Salavaged from the tip BBC Micros BBC Masters Spectrums

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

A friend of mine is moving house in a few months, and has decided not to take vintage computers he’s collected over many years, and he was going to scrap them and take them down the skip, unless homes were found. So I collect a car load of vintage stuff

BBC Micros, BBC Masters, Telextet, Prestel and 6502 2nd Processors

BBC Micros, BBC Masters, Telextet, Prestel and 6502 2nd Processors

I collected the following:-

  • 10 BBC Micros ‘Beebs’
  • 4 BBC Masters
  • 3 Cumuna dual 5.25 floppy disk drives (horizontal)
  • 2 Cub Monitors
  • 2 Spectrum+3 128k
  • 2 Cherry Teletext keyboards
  • Teletext Adaptor
  • Prestel Adaptor
  • 6502 Second Processor
Teletext, Prestel and Second Processor for BBC Micro

Teletext, Prestel and Second Processor for BBC Micro

Prestel Adaptor

Prestel Adaptor

6502 Second Processor

6502 Second Processor

Teletext Adaptor

Teletext Adaptor

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