The reason I’m posting this outside of the Marketplace is because it’s not really an ‘II’ (item of interest) that I’m willing to share, but rather a phenomenon I’ve noticed.
Look at this, since the last hour a bunch of bids (totaling 11, at the moment) simply rained in! For what you may wonder? An above-average, 466 MHz (thus not even the 600 MHz) Compaq AlphaServer DS10 system in Germany:
Compaq Alphaserver DS10:[LIST]466MHz 21264 Alpha
32GB Festplatte (SCSI)
2 * 100MBit Ethernet onboard
additional Gigabit Ethernet
Elsa Gloria Synergy graphics
the system runs Tru64 UNIX 5.1B. there is no root password set.
CPU 0 booting Resetting I/O buses... (boot dka0.0.0.14.0 -flags A) block 0 of dka0.0.0.14.0 is a valid boot block reading 19 blocks from dka0.0.0.14.0 bootstrap code read in base = 200000, image_start = 0, image_bytes = 2600(9728) initializing HWRPB at 2000 initializing page table at 3ff2a000 initializing machine state setting affinity to the primary CPU jumping to bootstrap code UNIX boot - Friday August 20, 2010 Loading vmunix ... Loading at 0xffffffff00000000 Sizes: text = 7103680 data = 1356000 bss = 1910560 Starting at 0xffffffff00012f50 Loading vmunix symbol table ... [1700704 bytes] bcm: DEGXA driver V1.0.30 NUMA lanlog Memory trolling not supported, cpu Major id 8, Minor id 4 Alpha boot: available memory from 0x2c16000 to 0x3ff28000 HP Tru64 UNIX V5.1B (Rev. 2650); Mon Nov 7 11:09:49 MET 2011 physical memory = 1024.00 megabytes. available memory = 979.06 megabytes. using 3868 buffers containing 30.21 megabytes of memory Firmware revision: 7.3-1 PALcode: UNIX version 1.92-73 AlphaServer DS10 466 MHz pci0 (primary bus:0) at nexus isa0 at pci0 gpc0 at isa0 gpc1 not probed Baud 0 is unsupported; setting console port to 9600 baud ace0 at isa0 ace1 at isa0 lp0 at isa0 fdi0 at isa0 fd0 at fdi0 unit 0 tu0: DECchip 21143: Revision: 4.1 tu0: auto negotiation capable device tu0 at pci0 slot 9 tu0: DEC TULIP (10/100) Ethernet Interface, hardware address: 08-00-2B-86-69-47 tu0: auto negotiation off: selecting 10BaseT (UTP) port: half duplex tu1: DECchip 21143: Revision: 4.1 tu1: auto negotiation capable device tu1 at pci0 slot 11 tu1: DEC TULIP (10/100) Ethernet Interface, hardware address: 08-00-2B-86-69-5E tu1: auto negotiation off: selecting 10BaseT (UTP) port: half duplex ata0 at pci0 slot 13 ata0: ACER M1543C scsi0 at ata0 slot 0 rad 0 scsi1 at ata0 slot 1 rad 0 isp0 at pci0 slot 14 isp0: QLOGIC ISP1040B/V2 isp0: Firmware revision 5.57 (loaded by console) isp0: Fast RAM timing enabled. scsi2 at isp0 slot 0 rad 0 comet0: Card type 'Elsa GLoria' with 8MB framebuffer memory. comet0 at pci0 slot 15 pza0 at pci0 slot 16 scsi4 at pza0 slot 0 rad 0 pza0 firmware version: DEC R01 A11 bcm0: Link down bcm0 at pci0 slot 17 bcm0: DEGXA-TB Gigabit Ethernet, hardware address: 00-15-60-8A-59-D6 bcm0: Driver Rev = 1.0.30, Chip Rev = BCM5703_C0, Phy = Broadcom BCM5703 Integra ted Copper Created FRU table binary error log packet kernel console: ace0 i2c: Server Management Hardware Present bcm0: Link up via auto-negotiation (1000 Mbps, full duplex, tx=1 rx=1 flow contr ol) dli: configured NetRAIN configured. Random number generator configured. ATM Subsystem configured with 1 restart threads ATMUNI: configured ATMSIG: 3.x (module=uni3x) configured ILMI: 3.x (module=ilmi) configured ATM IP: configured ATM LANE: configured. ATM IFMP: configured vm_swap_init: swap is set to eager allocation mode Checking device naming: Passed. Checking local filesystems Mounting / (root) user_cfg_pt: reconfigured root_mounted_rw: reconfigured user_cfg_pt: reconfigured root_mounted_rw: reconfigured user_cfg_pt: reconfigured dsfmgr: NOTE: updating kernel basenames for system at / scp kevm tty00 tty01 lp0 random urandom dmapi dsk0 floppy0 cdrom0 Mounting local filesystems exec: /sbin/mount_advfs -F 0x14000 root_domain#root / root_domain#root on / type advfs (rw) /proc on /proc type procfs (rw) exec: /sbin/mount_advfs -F 0x4000 usr_domain#usr /usr usr_domain#usr on /usr type advfs (rw) exec: /sbin/mount_advfs -F 0x4000 usr_domain#var /var usr_domain#var on /var type advfs (rw) Nov 7 11:12:15 esmd: Essential Services Monitor daemon started Subsystem hwautoconfig was successfully configured. Nov 7 11:12:16 update: started Checking for Installation Tasks... The following STREAMS devices were created: Name Major Minor ---- ----- ----- /dev/streams/xtiso/udp 32 59 /dev/streams/xtiso/tcp 32 60 /dev/streams/xtiso/udp+ 32 61 /dev/streams/xtiso/tcp+ 32 62 /dev/streams/xtiso/udp5 32 63 /dev/streams/xtiso/tcp5 32 64 /dev/ptmx 32 65 /dev/streams/dlb 32 66 Executing Installation Tasks... The system is coming up. Please wait... Checking for crash dumps Initializing paging space Mounting Memory filesystems evmstart: Daemon started Nov 7 11:12:19 esmd: Started monitoring the EVM daemon security configuration set to default (BASE). File /etc/sia/matrix.conf updated successfully. Successful SIA initialization /usr/sbin/autopush: Can't push requested modules on STREAM for entry 36 /usr/sbin/autopush: Device (6,-1) already configured Streams autopushes configured Initializing random number driver CSSM_ModuleLoad: CSSM error 4107 Configuring network hostname: ds10 DHCP: requesting IP address information for network device bcm0 DHCP started on bcm0 DHCP configuring bcm0 subnet mask : 255.255.255.0 IP address : 192.168.2.102 broadcast address: 192.168.2.255 DHCP: error: no hostname assigned! Loading LMF licenses System error logger started Binary error logger started binlogd: failed to initialize remote logging. Please make sure the network is set up properly and then restart binlogd. Setting kernel timezone variable ONC portmap service started NFS IO service started Mounting NFS filesystems Preserving editor files Clearing temporary files Unlocking ptys Secure Shell daemon (sshd2) started. SMTP Mail Service started. Environmental Monitoring Subsystem Configured. Using snmp service entry port 161. Can't get a local IP address. Extensible SNMP master agent started Base O/S subagent started Server System subagent started Server Management subagent started CIM SNMP subagent started Performance Management subagent started Web Based Management Agent started ConfigReport Management Module started Sysman Management Module started Threshold Management Subagent started Intelligent Drive Array Subagent started The SNMP trap to Event Manager interface is disabled. Environmental Monitoring Daemon started. GS Platform View and Discovery V1.3 for Insight Manager is only supported on Alp ha GS series platforms. AdvFS daemon (advfsd) started. Internet services provided. Cron service started SuperLAT. Copyright 1994 Meridian Technology Corp. All rights reserved. LAT started. Printer service started SysMan Station server (smsd) started The system is ready. HP Tru64 UNIX V5.1B (Rev. 2650) (ds10) console login: root Last login: Mon Nov 7 09:28:47 MET 2011 on console HP Tru64 UNIX V5.1B (Rev. 2650); Mon Nov 7 11:09:49 MET 2011 HP Tru64 UNIX P5.1B (Rev. 2003); Wed Mar 11 03:53:14 EDT 2009 HP Tru64 UNIX V5.1B (Rev. 2650); Mon Nov 7 08:27:00 MET 2011 Compaq Tru64 UNIX V5.1B (Rev. 2650); Mon Nov 7 07:09:20 MET 2011 The installation software has successfully installed your system. There are logfiles that contain a record of your installation. These are: /var/adm/smlogs/install.cdf - configuration description file /var/adm/smlogs/install.log - general log file /var/adm/smlogs/install.FS.log - file system creation logs /var/adm/smlogs/setld.log - log for the setld(8) utility /var/adm/smlogs/fverify.log - verification log file # df -h Filesystem Size Used Available Capacity Mounted on root_domain#root 384M 121M 257M 33% / /proc 0 0 0 100% /proc usr_domain#usr 2100M 1061M 636M 63% /usr usr_domain#var 2100M 383M 636M 38% /var # uname -a OSF1 ds10 V5.1 2650 alpha # psrinfo -v Status of processor 0 as of: 11/07/11 11:32:13 Processor has been on-line since 11/07/2011 11:12:13 The alpha EV6 (21264) processor operates at 463 MHz, has a cache size of 2097152 bytes, and has an alpha internal floating point processor.
No information on licenses, whatsoever. The latest version of Tru64 UNIX (little remark, I had no idea that Tru64 had the [FONT=“Courier New”]psrinfo[/FONT] command, like Solaris), though, but no indication that the media are included. All in all, not a bad system, I guess, but… It’s amazing that people think it’s worth [COLOR=“Red”]€ [SIZE=“3”]202[/COLOR][/SIZE], which is roughly COLOR=“Red” $ ~[SIZE=“3”]275[/SIZE][/COLOR]!
This is hardly the first time I saw an Alpha system go for that much on eBay either! I wonder how high the final bid will be, because there’s still an hour left to go.
I was promised a DS10, of unknown specifications, via the local VMS SIG here. However, the person that promised me one hasn’t gotten around to actually ‘delivering’ it, yet (which originally was supposed to happen in June). His asking price was € 10, so perhaps you understand why I won’t complain!
Update: The auction ended and it didn’t get much crazier, it ended at the above mentioned bid. I hope the new owner is happy with the system and wish him lots of luck (and fun) with it, whoever it may be. I hope he’ll also consider VMS, besides Tru64 UNIX.