If Mainframes Ate the Dinosaurs, Who Ate the Mainframes?
turbotodd 100000388Y Visits (1986)
this story about the "hardware hacker."
This guy's a man after my own heart. His name's Michael Ross, and he's a Scotsman who splits his home between Mamoroneck, NY, and the Scottish Highlands, and who collects old IBM computer systems...as in, really old...and really big.
According to the article, Mr. Ross's collection of old IBM systems weighs about 15 tons and "could fill a 10-car garage." It includes an IBM System/3, System/32, IBM System/34, System/36, System/38, the game-changing System/360, and many, many more. You can see his collection online at The Corestore.
I have my own collection of old computers, although I don't have nearly as many as I wish I had kept (My Kaypro luggable, my Sord Laptop, or my Compaq "Luggable," for instance). However I do still have my first IBM laptop...anyone care to guess what model that might be??? (Hint: It predates the ThinkPad line!)
Mainframes at Your Service
Speaking of old computers, the so-called IBM mainframe "dinosaurs" seem to keep coming out of their near extinction to find new raisons d'etre. By way of example, InformationWeek highlights how many companies are utilizing mainframes as the hubs for their service-oriented architectures. And Steve Lohr with The New York Times observes that the falling price point of mainframe MIPS (millions of computing instructions per second) is "growing at a healthy clip." And powering about 80 billion transaction per day's worth, according to the InformationWeek article.
Me, I'm thinking about getting a System z for my new work machine. Don't get me wrong, I love my ThinkPad T40, but I tend to be a power user (where do you think the "Turbo" came from?), and I could use a little more horsepower. I suspect that while building PowerPoints on one of our new "Business Class" mainframes might be overkill, it would make for a great Christmas Card picture: Me, wearing my Snoopy goggles and scarf, blowing down the Information Superhighway spouting off our latest TPC results, not a care in the world!
Okay, so it's only a dream. But you never know...one day in the future you might just find a pic of me in Michael Ross' online computer collection!