IBM 1301. If I remember right, the unit cost about $150.000. Transfer rates were in K-Bytes and each disk unit had 500KBytes. That was progress in the early 60's.
Ya man. Much respect to those times. Nowadays, you have a problem and the net seems to solve most of them if you ask about it.
Back then, running into an issue with a mainframe or whatnot, I have no clue what would have been needed to be done to troubleshoot or find answers. Snail mail to companies? baaaah
"Dear Sir or Madam,
We kindly request your advice in fixing these millions of wires connected to this huge box that does stuff...."
Nah, what you did is take a memory dump (all in Hex) and crawled thru that dump which was a pile of paper 5 inches high. Sometimes it took days to find the problem. But most of the time we found a solution.
what about these
Jimbo, I've been looking at SSDs and wondering if I can get one installed as a second hard drive. I would load Win 8 onto it when it comes out and simply keep my other hard drive (with Win 7 and a legal 32-bit Windows XP).
Vince, you can do that. Just disconnect the other drive whilst you install Win8 on the SSD. Then change the bootsequence with the BIOS. That is the preferred method. Double booting win7 and Win8 is a dog because of the incompatibility of the Win8 EFI BCD and the Win7 NTFS BCD. I had tried that first but scrapped it.