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    Default Hey look. I found an ANS!

    Was helping a friend clean out his garage and noticed this sitting outside next to his deck.






    It's in madly sad shape (rusted shielding and weathered palstics) since it's been sitting outside for a few years but it is indeed an ANS 700/150. It even has the keys!
    The inside looks a lot cleaner so ther is still a chance it can be recovered. Erik and Shiner are the last sources of info on these beasts on the net however the necassary AIX 4.1.x software and installation media is the hard part. Linux is not an alternative (The linux kernels are just as ancient and useless now) so what do I do?
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    You've certainly come across the Yellowdog install on ANS. I guess I would start by checking for parts you can replace or maybe even unrust then see if it powers on. If so you're most probable bet is to try linux or netbsd and then maybe you can still use it as a NAS or something.

    Interesting find. Never heard of it before
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    That unit has seen better days, hope you didn't pay much for it.
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    Seeing its condition nearly made me cry.

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    As opposed to the other stuff I recently bought, no, this was free.
    My question is how to restore the plastics. The dark parts have faded badly and the white sirfaces have not yellowed but have started to turn into a white powder that scratches easily and looks awful.
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    Good question. Not sure if this would be a candidate for some paint or what.. I'd have to go on a googling binge to learn tricks to rejuvenate plastic (probably some oil or something?). So what's the super secret floppy that's in it? (though I guess it'd be good to consider it a blank or dust by now).

    Well, quick search just gave me http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/brasso.htm with a few untested suggestions and the rest of the first page of results indicate you should contact a plastic surgeon <g>
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    /me whimpers slightly.

    I want one of those, and that one is just so sad....
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    Reminds me of my Quadra 950, excepter wider and newer, with PCI.
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    First off, I would like to be very thankful to a man who I will only name "M" for making this moment possible.

    Anyways, many hours and several phone calls later I am now in possession of one...



    two....



    THREE!


    That's right, I now own all three systems and I'm very thankful that M was nice enough to do this.
    Anyways, I powered one up immediately, I have yet to do another one and the nasty one I spent the afternoon stripping down and cleaning the entire system. It's a lot nicer now but to be on the safe side I won't try powering it on until the box dries out.
    That floppy disk was also the RAID card configuration disk. I'm greatful that was not lost.

    That was not all. Remember how when the Macintosh was released, they had the signatures of the team stamped inside of the case? Well when I took the front off, it appears the same applies here for the ANS team.


    This is looking to become an awesome summer!
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    You seem to have lucked out on the ANS computers _
    You also just made a few people jealous I'd think

    I love the look on M's face in the pictures. Or is that you?
    In the first, he's like
    In the second, he's like as if he's thinking, "I'm giving these away?" (if you then "Where am I going to put these?")
    In the third, he's like :O as if he's thinking, "THREE? THREE?"

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