||[Jan. 11th, 2009|08:21 pm]
After a recent post from someone else about "what crap one can find when furtling round old disk drives", it's time to bring you all up to date with the crap I've found furtling round entire old computers.|
It turns out that one of my computers has a token ring card in it. A token ring card! I don't know anyone who ever ran a token ring network, certainly no-one who does so now.
Anyone want an old token ring card (PCI, 16/4, RJ45 and DE-9)?
No, I thought not.
What does it look like? Would it make good geek jewelry? :D
I'm not a jeweller. It's similar to this:
About three inches by five and a half.
Awww. I am too literal, when you said ring card I thought it would have a hole in it. xD I still have a busted old sound card I meant to make into a necklace... somewhere. Alas.
Yes you do; me! :)
We used to use token ring networks in '92 or so, IBM PS2 MCA machines, in industrial environments due to the determinism it offered in message passing as opposed to the ad hoc times ethernet gave. Seem to remember blummin grit cables from the cards to MAUs and other such IBM infrastructure beasties...
Also used to use Arcnet a few years ago (erm, 1995, Dopra, so some 14 years. Ouch) over RG59? cable
As to wanting one; just one? On it's own? Poor thing. No LAN to pass tokens to? just sitting there, unloved, with unwanted tokens. Awwww, sadness!
Cable like hosepipes!
Only thing worse was Sage's "MainLAN" which used the same cable, but shoe-horned into DB-9 connectors where you had to saw the backshells in half just to get it in there.
Guilty. 4Mbps per sec (or 16 if you were corporate). More deterministic than Ethernet, but cheap won the day (like it always does).
Yep - I worked for a company that sold token ring technology. I think I even had four cards for some time, but no longer
Ah, Broken String. Lovely.
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