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    Convergent Technologies and "Mightyframe" hardware

    There was a thread a couple years back on this forum that discussed these machines a little and if I recall there was a LOT of futzing, a lot of missing resources and a lot of "this is the only thing known to still exist."

    Paging firebirdta84, your knowledge has been requested as your work is apparently the only stuff that pops up on he Internet

    Well I've been approached being offered three mightyframes, three boxes of Ctix, hardware and administration documentation and at least one box full of Convergent branded QIC tapes. I have not yet powered anything on and on inspection MOST of the tape bands are still intact (and a few others have snapped) and two of the three machines still have hard disks. It's a hell of a lot of stuff, so before I go loading up the AMC with the obvious "YES! TAKE IT!" I want to know what can be really done with it besides it being your typical 80's Unix machine with lots of ASCII teminal I/O or if there is someone who wants to dump all these tapes/scan these binders for archival sake? It's in no risk of being thrown out but the person selling would prefer that he move it all in one deal due to rarity.
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    I can help with tapes and docs.

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      #3
      I can vouch for bear, and could be a backup as well.

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        #4
        Okay I'll see if I can crack a deal and for the time being get the docs and tapes sent to either of you for archiving. You have a message bear.
        Stay tuned.
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          #5
          I like to get docs and image too.


          http://mightyframe.blogspot.com/

          http://oldcomputers-ddns.org/public/...ion/index.html

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            #6
            Oh, you run mightyframe.blogspot?
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              #7
              Originally posted by NeXT View Post
              Oh, you run mightyframe.blogspot?
              No, I'm not the one who runs mightyframe.blogspot but had some mailcontact with him. Reading my posted text now I see that my text can be misinterpreted as the order of the links should be with some explanation.

              I store files on oldcomputers... for personal use only.

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                #8
                The systems are loaded up and on their way to their new home while the books and tapes have been delivered for analysis and archiving. This may take a few months due to priorities but I would expect there to be an exponentially larger number of resources available for the Convergent folks in the next year.
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                  #9
                  I was a field engineer for convergent.

                  we were a tiny unheard of giant making a lot of defense unix systems for ATT & Unisys among others. Minimum order to start our assembly run was 100,000 units. Almost nothing we built was sold with your name on it.

                  Bring us your design and we would built it or tell us what you want and we will design/build. Reason we went away was stock market crash. Unisys told us we could sell to them or they would xcle their contract and wait until out stock was ten cents then just buy us up. They were worried another company may buy us and at that time we were Unisys main manufacturer.

                  There is a huge collector of Convergent hardware/software in Las Vegas, he also owns the car from Knight Rider.

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                    #10
                    Hehe, good old DARPA funded tech companies.

                    I've actually not yet powered any of the systems up yet however the tapes and documentation was sent off last summer for archiving. It should begin popping up on I believe Bitsavers pretty soon and I'm hoping to get everything back before the end of the month.
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by danielbooneamerica View Post
                      There is a huge collector of Convergent hardware/software in Las Vegas, he also owns the car from Knight Rider.
                      Do you know if anyone has the schematics for the NGEN modules squirreled away?

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                        #12
                        NeXT, geez, over a year late to respond here, sorry!!! I guess I get emails on PMs, but I don't get notifications like this, so if I don't check often, I miss things. Searching for other Convergent stuff today, I come upon this. OK, so nice work saving this stuff...(hoping you did, of course). Now that you *finally* have my attention, is there anything left to discuss (I hope)? And how can I help???!!!

                        Best, AJ

                        Originally posted by NeXT View Post
                        There was a thread a couple years back on this forum that discussed these machines a little and if I recall there was a LOT of futzing, a lot of missing resources and a lot of "this is the only thing known to still exist."

                        Paging firebirdta84, your knowledge has been requested as your work is apparently the only stuff that pops up on he Internet

                        Well I've been approached being offered three mightyframes, three boxes of Ctix, hardware and administration documentation and at least one box full of Convergent branded QIC tapes. I have not yet powered anything on and on inspection MOST of the tape bands are still intact (and a few others have snapped) and two of the three machines still have hard disks. It's a hell of a lot of stuff, so before I go loading up the AMC with the obvious "YES! TAKE IT!" I want to know what can be really done with it besides it being your typical 80's Unix machine with lots of ASCII teminal I/O or if there is someone who wants to dump all these tapes/scan these binders for archival sake? It's in no risk of being thrown out but the person selling would prefer that he move it all in one deal due to rarity.
                        Last edited by firebirdta84; December 12, 2020, 01:45 PM.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by danielbooneamerica View Post
                          I was a field engineer for convergent.

                          .....

                          There is a huge collector of Convergent hardware/software in Las Vegas, he also owns the car from Knight Rider.
                          Yes, it is me you speak of, danielbooneamerica. Sorry, still WAY late getting back to the party here.

                          You being a field engineer for Convergent, and knowing of me by reputation, have we exchanged emails over the years perhaps? Sorry, I'm not recognizing your screen name here to match with my list of real names of people I have spoken with.

                          Anyone here, feel free to email me directly at http://mightyframe.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

                          That has always gotten the fastest response from me, no matter what's going on in my world.

                          PMs on this forum work as well, as I get notifications sent to the same email address. Sorry again!

                          Best,
                          AJ

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by fritzeflink View Post
                            No, I'm not the one who runs mightyframe.blogspot but had some mailcontact with him. Reading my posted text now I see that my text can be misinterpreted as the order of the links should be with some explanation.

                            I store files on oldcomputers... for personal use only.
                            Nope, that's me. I run mightyframe.blogspot.com Hope to catch up soon here!

                            AJ

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                              #15
                              Thank you very much Al. I can see the scanned docs are in http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/converg...K/mightyframe/ while the tape archives made it into http://www.bitsavers.org/bits/Conver...e_tape_images/

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