[RC5] Re: [rc5] Thinking of an Alpha (the end)
gindrup at okway.okstate.edu
Sun Nov 16 16:44:48 EST 1997
Would have responded directly to you, but I didn't receive your e-Mail
I find SAG Electronics' RAID arrays to be well priced and usable for
Alpha machines. I find NT 4 to be a waste of money in every
application. It is certainly unsuited as an ISP server. I've never
dealt with Polywell. Their incompetence has little to do with the
underlying processor and DEC's architectural specifications for it.
If I were to go out and buy a new Alpha system, I'd start with the
Linux Journal. There are a number of competing hardware vendors that
advertise in that mag and there are occasionally useful reviews.
I've never had the trouble you mention, but I've never dealt with
Polywell and don't suffer from a pointy-haired manager who thinks that
MS OSes actually work.
-- Eric Gindrup ! gindrup at okway.okstate.edu
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Subject: Re: [rc5] Thinking of an Alpha (the end)
Author: <rc5 at llamas.net > at SMTP
Date: 1997/11/12 19:17
I work with radio propagation and 3d rendering... but we have also just recently
moved into the ISP business. We're using our Alpha 500 as the server. It has
been hell for me to find multiport boards that support this machine (A Digi blew
the whole thing away). Tape drives, I have found to be inordinatly expensive.
NT 4.0 is the worst OS I have ever seen (I can't even prevent conncurrent
connections of the same user) and Polywell is the worst company I have ever delt
with. And the drives all have big red stickers on them that read "Do not use
in a continously running system". And on top of all that, I simple don't see
much future for them.
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