Old Possum’s Book of Ancient Mainframes

I subscribe to a classic computing mailing list that is full of traffic like “What’s the best way to get rid of animal dung in my 9-track tape drive?” and “Can anyone identify the following hardware?” (followed by a link to something boxy left out in the rain for a decade or two). The most common problems appear to be dead power supplies (the analog stuff always seems to go first, dunnit?) and getting old busses to traffic in signals again. Software? I suspect that most list members just toggle the stuff in. From memory.

One suubscriber in Canada recently got hold of an old System/32 mainframe that came with possum trouble (warning: slightly graphic).

Anyway, the list is at http://www.classiccmp.org/mailman/listinfo/cctech. Enjoy.

Morning Reading

Groan. Light outside. Cat kneading away. Stumble to kitchen, start coffee, turn on monitor in office, stare blearily at the morning reading list. Of course it starts with comics.

User Friendly
Kevin and Kell
Get Fuzzy
Frazz
Girlhacker’s Random Log
Slashdot
(then, get coffee and read mail from work)
CNN
Seattle Times
The Register
Yahoo News
Yahoo Finance
The Tech Report
ShackNews
Penny Arcade
kuro5hin/
Ars Technica
Kernel Traffic
Wired News

So, what do you start the day with?

Mass book signing

From Locus Magazine’s author events page:

A mass book signing by Karen Anderson, Kevin J. Anderson, Robin Wayne Bailey, Greg Bear, Richard J. Chwedyk, Ellen Datlow, Keith R.A. DeCandido, William C. Dietz, Scott Edeman, Sheila Finch, Eve Gordon, Harold Gross , Eileen Gunn, Joe Haldeman, Peter Heck, Howard V. Hendrix, Robin Hobb, Kij Johnson, Kay Kenyon, Louise Marley, Lee Martindale, Jack McDevitt, Vonda N. McIntyre, Syne Mitchell, Rebecca Moesta, Elizabeth Moon , John Moore, Mike Moscoe, Richard Paul Russo, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Lawrence Schoen, Robert Silverberg, Sara Stamey, Gordon Van Gelder, James Van Pelt, Ray Vukcevich, K.D. Wentworth, Leslie What , Connie Willis group signing at Barnes & Noble, Pacific Place, Seattle WA, US, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (SFWA multi-author book signing)

Woo hoo!