• Subject: Re: AS/400 trivia questions
  • From: nina jones <ddi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 19:46:38 -0500
  • Organization: Data Design Inc. http://www.datadesigninc.com

> > You've got to be joking me?  They supplied a machine with not enough memory 
>to
> > run the OS?
> 
> Yepppp. Engineers threw it over the wall, and early ships only had 4mb ,
> if you didn't order extra.. There were MANY problems with this, and
> most folks were GIVEN 4mb extra, after a great deal of howling.... IT
> would come up, but that's about it.... Remember... most early 400's
> were to replace S/36's, so 4 meg was quite a chunk(Who knew ???)....

that's where we were at.  and it was awful.  also, ibm had made massive
pre release changes, that caused major problems.  i think i had more
trouble that week, along with the slow response, than i've had in all my
career.   it seemed like every day i had to download a ptf for
something.  

and the next week, they lost a disk drive, and the backup and recovery
manual had an error that it took 2 days to track down, someone from
rochester figured out the instructions were wrong...

also, they were on an early release of the os, and a new one had just
come out, but no one wanted to come in and spend a saturday to get the
machine upgraded.  so they limped along with that for 3-4 months.  and
back then, even loading ptf's took 3 men and a boy.

nj
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