I have a Compaq XP1000/667 that’s my primary VMS system.  I picked up a couple 
XP1000’s a little over a decade ago when they were affordable, as a replacement 
for my AlphaStation 433au.  I need a new power supply for the /500.  I think 
the days of hobbyist-friendly prices are largely gone.

Realistically the XP1000 and it’s two external JBOD pull a lot more power than 
I like, and I’ve been working to migrate much of my VMS activity to a SIMH/VAX 
cluster that the XP1000 is now part of.  Once that’s done, I’m considering 
seeing about reviving one of my AlphaStation 200 4/233’s as a “lower power” VMS 
workstation.  The one AlphaStation 200 used to run OpenBSD, nearly 20 years 
ago.  Other than that I’ve used them for VMS.

Oh, and I do keep one Physical VAX running, it’s a VAXstation 4000/60.  I have 
other VAXen and Alpha’s, but they aren’t doing anything.


> On Mar 12, 2018, at 9:25 PM, Benjamin Huntsman via cctalk 
> <cctalk@classiccmp.org> wrote:
> Place your wagers...
> How many more years do you think it'll take before decent, practical-sized 
> Alphas, like the DS15, and to some degree, the DS10, will be obtainable at 
> hobbyist-friendly prices?
> I have an ES47 I got for a price I could stomach, but it's sans rail kit, 
> drinks power like it's going out of style, and can anchor a 40-ft yacht.
> Anyone out there do Alphas anymore?

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