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NeXT
April 24th, 2009, 07:53 PM
Here's something really interesting that one of my friends came across a while ago. We never figured out how to use it but I'm still wanting to know.

It is apparently a Wang OIS server with a hard drive and a floppy drive and that's all we know.

Here are photographs:

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a166/ballsandy/Img_0171-S.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a166/ballsandy/Img_0165-S.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a166/ballsandy/Img_0169-S.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a166/ballsandy/Img_0174-S.jpg

It would be really interesting to find out what it can do and see if we can get a console on it. Does anyone have any information on this system?

Chuck(G)
April 25th, 2009, 10:50 AM
I assume that you've seen this site (http://www.cass.net/~jdonoghu/)?

Your system appears to have IWS capabilities. I suspect the owner of the above site can help you with connecting up a keyboard and monitor.

Terry Yager
April 25th, 2009, 12:52 PM
Hang a terminal off it?

--T

cosam
April 25th, 2009, 01:12 PM
Hang a terminal off it?
Yeah - if it was mine I'd have stuck a terminal on that RS-232 port to see if anything popped up.

Interesting find, although I suspect you might need to find one of the matching workstations to make much use of it.

Do I spy a Micropolis 1325 MFM disk drive up top there? If so I hope it fares better than the two I've had... they don't have the best reputation as far as reliability goes.

Chuck(G)
April 25th, 2009, 02:08 PM
Interesting find, although I suspect you might need to find one of the matching workstations to make much use of it.

This unit appears to be configured with 4 IWS (integrated workstation) ports. That is, the workstation "guts" are on cards inside the box; only a keyboard and monitor need be supplied.

The Wang external workstation interface is pretty unusual--4.5MHz serial data over coax.

BTW is that your OIS 70 being powered up on YouTube? Looks like the same one.

cosam
April 25th, 2009, 02:25 PM
This unit appears to be configured with 4 IWS (integrated workstation) ports. That is, the workstation "guts" are on cards inside the box; only a keyboard and monitor need be supplied.
Aah, that would indeed make things easier! I was under the impression that the workstations were a bit smarter than your average dumb terminal, but that was supposedly another set-up all together.


The Wang external workstation interface is pretty unusual--4.5MHz serial data over coax.
That sounds like the beginnings of a non-trivial project right there ;-)

NeXT
April 25th, 2009, 11:22 PM
BTW is that your OIS 70 being powered up on YouTube? Looks like the same one.

Yep. That's the one.

pine-koan
November 8th, 2009, 08:44 AM
I assume that you've seen this site (http://www.cass.net/~jdonoghu/)?

Your system appears to have IWS capabilities. I suspect the owner of the above site can help you with connecting up a keyboard and monitor.

That's funny - that's my old site from way back when I lived in Michigan. I guess the ISP forgot to delete the account.

I've worked with these (OIS) systems for a very long time. I still have quite a collection of hardware, software, and documentation. They were most commonly used for their word processing capability.