• Subject: Re: AS/400 trivia questions
  • From: PaulMmn <PaulMmn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 21:25:16 -0400

>At 07:46 PM 10/14/1999 -0500, you wrote:
>> > > You've got to be joking me?  They supplied a machine with not enough
>> memory to
>> > > run the OS?
>Heck, the 256K model of the S/38 was pulled from (just weeks before) the
>announcement, because it also would not reliably IPL (although technically
>speaking, in the S/38 it was an IMPL.)

Back in the pre-38-release days I saw an S/38 at a trade show.  They had a
few 5250 terminals attached to it.  I had just started adjusting the
contrast and brightness on a terminal.  One of the IBMers ran up mumbling,
"Don't turn it off!  Don't turn it off!"

Seems turning off a terminal would crash the system, requiring an
hours-long IPL.

Back in those days, the IPL re-did -everything,- including a reclaim
storage.  Every time.

--Paul E Musselman

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