files for the Atmospheric Sciences Group. The server's external RAID storage array abruptly turned off due to a bad uninterruptible power supply after it exhausted its batteries. Unfortunately, its pitiful beeping noise (if there was any) was drowned out by whirring fans in the network closet.
Since no modern computing hardware has real 9 pin serial ports any more, and since the Sun server was designed to run headless with serial only console access, we ended up making use of some .. legacy .. equipment lying around. The 486DX 33 MHz laptop (8 MB memory) used to be a debug platform for an embedded antenna controller on our 46 meter UHF steerable antenna, talking in that role to a system running embedded DOS 1.0. The 486DX saw new brief life since it had a working, real serial port. Somehow, I managed to remember where the Terminal program was on its spiffy, working Windows 3.11 installation. As you can see, unfortunately the keyboard had a non-functioning "Enter" key (rather critical) so we had to steal a PS/2 external keyboard from somewhere. See the annotated photo for other qualities of our situation.
|The real world intrudes on scientific thoughts.|
Thanks to Juha Vierinen for the photo at a crucial moment, when things were finally looking a bit better after some despair.