kevin at pibenchmark.com
Mon Mar 7 12:20:21 UTC 2011
On 06/03/2011 13:44, Always Learning wrote:
> I also saw Honeywell upgrading a L66 machine so it would run faster. The
> engineer pulled-out a PCB and took it away. That 'upgrade' cost over 1
> million NLG (Dutch guilders).
Very annoying those big iron companies. We had two banks of ICL Eagle
drives (10GB in five full height filing cabinet sized boxes). We
upgraded to Albatrosses (20GB) for a mill or so (don't know the actual
price). All the engineer did was swap a couple of jumpers and told us to
reformat in M2FM instead of MFM. Definitely worth the money.
The other one, much later was a 3 x 1GB upgrade for a GA mini. £3k we
were quoted when we could buy the drives for about £250 each. The
supplier said 'fine but we're still charging £3k for the authorisation code'
Now the nearest to specialised hardware we use are Dell servers so we
can't be held hostage.
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