• Subject: Re: AS/400 trivia questions
  • From: "System Support Products, Inc." <sspi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 00:05:05 -0400

At 3:51 PM -0700 10/13/99, Jim Langston wrote:
>You've got to be joking me?  They supplied a machine with not enough memory to
>run the OS?

    I don't really remember it being exactly that way, I had a B20 
with 4Mb that ran fine.  The problem, as it was explained to me by 
IBM, was that many machines were being sold to run the S/36 
Environment which ran dog slow on 4Mb.  One of the qualifying 
questions I had to answer to get the 4Mb was whether I was using 
S/36E (there may have been other reasons, as well).

    Another thing I remember about the whole deal was that eventually 
IBM sent boxes out asking for their memory back.  I procrastinated 
long enough so that when they finally decided to let everyone keep 
the memory after all (many customers raised a big stink), I still 
hadn't sent it in.  The kicker was, if you DID send it in on time, 
you DIDN'T get it back.


    - Lou Forlini
      Software Engineer
      System Support Products, Inc.
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