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, "Erik Wendt" <e.wendt@...> wrote:
> The old 3B2/400, 600 and 700 series had port expanders
> that provided a number of serial ports.
> Erik Wendt
I happen to have a spare 4 port card (I'd prefer an 8 port e-ports
card). I'd really prefer a 3b2/400 or later since the 310 was
severely memory limited, can't run SVR4 (I was on the development team
for that, the 3b2/400 was the porting base).
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> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Jim Scheef
> Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2006 10:13 PM
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> Subject: [midatlanticretro] "Online catalog" and exhibit machine
> A week or two ago I mentioned that I had accepted a donation on
> MARCH of two AT&T 3B2 UNIX machines, an expansion unit and a
> all came with documentation, software and more.
I saw that in the hall last weekend but had no time to do anything.
I'd love to fire it up and at least get any demos running. That would
be a lovely reason for me to donate my AT&T GNAT terminal (adm3a
> I had hoped this could become the heart of a series of
> terminals around the museum that would display
> information about the exhibits, the museum, the collection, etc
That's a lovely use for the CRT based terminals!
I'd like to have several printers online (Diablo, Decwriter, TTY)
so they could all print a small sample text
for folks to HEAR what computers used to sound like!
> As I have inspected the 3B2 machines,
> they are not really suitable for the intended task.
> They lack sufficient serial ports to drive even three teminals
> and they do not have an ethernet adapter.
I should be able to add 4 serial ports and 1 parallel port.
If the DECnet terminal server goes online via the VAX,
that'll certainly pull ahead for number of ports.
> It should be accessible from the outside via SSH
> so we can work from home (IOW, we need ethernet).
> Does anyone have a line on a suitable machine?
My quick solution would be using a Linux (or BSD if there's more
expertise) machine as a firewall/gateway between "the outer world" and
the inner machines. That would handle SSH and authentication since
most inner machines have no such concept.
-- Jeff Jonas