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Old computers... [Jan. 11th, 2009|08:21 pm]
Douglas Spencer
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.

From: speccygeekgrrl
2009-01-11 08:34 pm (UTC)
What does it look like? Would it make good geek jewelry? :D
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-01-11 08:50 pm (UTC)
I'm not a jeweller. It's similar to this:

About three inches by five and a half.
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From: speccygeekgrrl
2009-01-11 08:52 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: beermat
2009-01-11 08:39 pm (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: quercus
2009-01-11 09:18 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: hazeii
2009-01-11 09:44 pm (UTC)
Guilty. 4Mbps per sec (or 16 if you were corporate). More deterministic than Ethernet, but cheap won the day (like it always does).
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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2009-01-11 10:11 pm (UTC)
Yep - I worked for a company that sold token ring technology. I think I even had four cards for some time, but no longer
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[User Picture]From: ramtops
2009-01-11 10:16 pm (UTC)
Ah, Broken String. Lovely.

An ex-Netware engineer writes.
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