OT: Ongoing projects, recent additions to the "server farm" and "planned" resources
- From: "Tim Clarke" <SpamBlock.Monetaim.Com@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 06:44:54 GMT
O.K. Folks, just to give you an idea of what I have been up to over the last
few years, months and weeks (other than posting and e-mailing, recently) and
what I intend ("plan") to do in the near to middle future.
To just before my "return" here, in no particular order:
1) Acquired, installed and configured (and that's a small word for the
amount of work involved) two P/390 128MB adapters, one MCA 32MB + 96MB
memory-expansion (~$2,500!) and one PCI single-slot (~$1,000, getting
better). The MCA one was in my PC Server 500 initially, which started out
with the base P90 complex, later upgraded the SCSI HDs to 4.3GB ("fat", i.e.
two backplane slots are "occupied") DFHS drives and added the 220W PSU
add-on, for an extra SCSI backplane (and possibly a third). Twin "Cheetah"
RAID adapters, for fail-over reasons (Oh, the joys of RAID-5 configuration
decisions, when running OS/390 CKD device emulation. 64KB stripe size is my
choice, striped across both channels of a single adapter. This is because a
"host" 3390 track is ~57KB, although the CKD-emulator buffers one virtual
track per virtual 3390).
2) Acquired (P/390 PCI 128MB adapter) PC Server 520 PCI/MCA and PC Server
320 PCI/MCA and second PC Server 720.
3) Various swapping, configuring, changing of PSUs, backplanes, ServeRAID,
CPUs, CPU cards... RAID configuration changes, reloading multi-gigabyte
arrays from the ADCDs (search the NG if you don't know what one is). Mucho
4) Multiple "proof of concept" test developments of an OS/2 CD-ROM changer
device driver to support my DRM-1804Xs. Reaching a working model soon, I
hope. Mucho tempo usato (especially when I found I had a *later* OS/2 DDK
than v1.2 on one of the umpteen CD-ROMs in my "library").
Recent activity since I started posting again, no particular order:
1) Begun to reorganise my "downloads" for "Intended resources" point 3).
2) Re-registered my domain names monetaim.com and monetaim.net via DynDNS
3) Dug up some information on where the IBM files, pages, documents and
4) Mucho communicado
5) Re-established contact with friends and some of the U.K. contingent of
6) *Another* acquisition spree on eBay to serve for ongoing and future
projects. (~£1,000.00 and rising).
1) OS/2 2.nn/Warp and above SCSI CD-ROM Changer Device Driver, initially an
OS2CDROM.DMD "replacement" with modified Pioneer DRM-xxxx support *only*. To
present a single CD-ROM device with a utility (initially command-line only
"MOUNT", later a WPS add-on) for CD-selection.
2) Build an OS/390 "cluster" of 2 or 3 PC Servers with local and shared RAID
arrays. Additional Caching CD-ROM Servers bought off eBay (DRM-6NXs).
3) Build up a domain (monetaim.net) with a very high-speed network mesh
(ATM, FDDI, ESCON, 100Mbps Token-Ring, Gigabit Ethernet, 10/100 Ethernet,
802.11b Wireless, 802.11g Wireless, High Speed Serial, Router(s) &
Switch(es)) for evaluation, development, testing and service.
4) Set up both MCA-based and PCI-based RS/6000 with AIX 4.3.3 and AIX 5.1
servers and develop "cross-reference" information for "The Compendium".
5) *Sometime*, install, configure and develop Linux-based services (for
internal use only, initially). Possible target systems: S/390, RS/6000 PCI,
RS/6000 MCA, PC Server 720, PS/2 Server 95A etc.
1) Limited bandwidth resurrection of "The IBM PS/2 and PC Server Compendium"
plus mirror of Louis's *old* site (with fixups for the IBM links that are
still available) and the browsable EPRM:
Do *not* mirror these until they move as per 2) below. This is my cable port
(128Kbps upstream) and any excessive usage will prevent my effective use of
the Internet and P me off no end, especially when eBay-ing. The service will
be withdrawn until 2) is ready, if that happens. At a guess, the "quiet
period" is between 06:00 and 12:00 BST/GMT(UTC).
2) Move resources to one of my Web Spaces, once in a usable form. Same URLs,
courtesy of DynDNS.
3) Add a "Files site" to 2) above for linking and/or quick lookup and
4) Add "unsupported by IBM/Lenovo" ThinkPads section to "The Compendium"
4) Add RS/6000 MCA-bus section and/or information to "The Compendium"
5) Add Netfinity stuff as it develops.
6) Fee-paying mainframe and networking service (will need a higher capacity
access service, needs evaluation).
Tim Clarke (a.k.a. WBST)
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