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    Is a Sun Microsystems Ultra 5 worth saving? I noticed there's one in our lab that is going to be scrapped, but I have no experience with these.

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    I have one (only SUN in the collection). Not like anyone is making sparc CPU machines anymore.
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    Definitely. You can play around with Solaris, or it'd be a great choice for NetBSD or OpenBSD since they started using some commodity PC support hardware (IDE hard disks, PCI slots, ATI Rage Pro video.) Guarantee you someone will want it.
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    I'll have to see if I can snag it. I already grabbed a nice 600Mhz iMac out of the pile and I don't want to be seen as greedy.

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    Greedy over things that are getting recycled, or do other snag stuff as well?
    What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
    Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
    Boxed apps and games for the above systems
    Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown_K View Post
    Greedy over things that are getting recycled, or do other snag stuff as well?
    More like technically I shouldn't be snagging anything from that pile, but my boss is cool and looks the other way. I don't wan't to abuse that.

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    Well, I'd be shocked if anybody else actually wanted the thing...if your boss is worried, you can just remove the hard disk, since it's IDE and therefore dead easy to replace.
    Computers: Amiga 1200, DEC VAXStation 4000/60, DEC MicroPDP-11/73
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    There are bootable 68pin UWSCSI cards you can install for a better SUN experience.
    What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
    Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
    Boxed apps and games for the above systems
    Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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    Indeed - it's just that SCSI drives are getting harder to come by these days. Though 68-pin are a lot less thin on the ground than 50-pin at least.
    Computers: Amiga 1200, DEC VAXStation 4000/60, DEC MicroPDP-11/73
    Synthesizers: Roland JX-10/SH-09/MT-32/D-50, Yamaha DX7-II/V50/TX7/TG33/FB-01, Korg MS-20 Mini/ARP Odyssey/DW-8000/X5DR, Ensoniq SQ-80, E-mu Proteus/2, Moog Satellite, Oberheim SEM
    "'Legacy code' often differs from its suggested alternative by actually working and scaling." - Bjarne Stroustrup

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