[RC5] Re[2]: [rc5] Thinking of an Alpha (the end)

Eric Gindrup 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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