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
> <email@example.com> 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?