[TUHS] AT&T 3B1 - Emulation available

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Sat Jan 30 00:37:19 AEST 2021

On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 9:00 AM Ronald Natalie <ron at ronnatalie.com> wrote:

> Of course, this was in contrast with the 3B20 which you powered off by
> turning a knob and then holding a button down for three seconds.   Yep,
> phone equipment.   Those who ever dealt with things like real Western
> Electric 303 "broadband" modems recognized that behavior.  You commanded
> loopback on them the same way.
Ron, pls don't forget the best 3B20 power-up feature, the pull starter in
the middle (power) cabinet.  Seriously there was a cable that pulled out of
the middle power box (that looked like a small engine pull starter) that
used to by-pass the batteries on a true cold boot because if it was not
there the battery power up would surge the incoming load and trip the mains.
 IIRC the off button Ron describes does not completely power it off, it
just shuts it down and you can take out cards safely, but the batteries and
some subsystems are still active. True 'cold' power down is extremely
difficult.   It is designed to stay powered.

As he said -- standard telco gear, 48V supplies, rack of truck batteries,

BTW: In the same vein, I once had a movie we all called the 'burning Alpha'
when the 'telco special packaged' DEC 4300 from DEC CSS went through its
fire testing in NJ.   All equipment that was going to be in a CO or wiring
center has to be tested to see how it burns in a fire (plastic/nylon parts
in a computer rack can be nasty - and there are very tight specs).   As I
understand the spec, all flames have to stay inside the cabinets.

One of the cute parts of the video is a sidebar, which is displaying the
syslog messages during the fire.  There was a desire, but I don't know if
it was ever acted upon, to match the syslog messages to different
activities in the fire.   During the time when it is burning, there is a
timer in the corner so they can note afterward at exactly which time,
different things were incinerated.
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