Get this: in tech hub Seattle, School Board still uses dinosaur VAX!

Get this: in tech hub Seattle, School Board still uses dinosaur VAX!

Summary: For those of you who have been around the silicon-based world for awhile, the mere mention of VAX computers might spark a memory or two.That pic might jog your memory.

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For those of you who have been around the silicon-based world for awhile, the mere mention of VAX computers might spark a memory or two.

That pic might jog your memory.

First debuted back in 1977, courtesy of Digital Equipment Corporation. Was discontinued in 2000 by Compaq, which had acquired Digital, and was soon to be acquired itself by HP.

But now get this.

The Seattle Times reports this morning that the Seattle School Board still uses two Vax's for critical management functions, such as how students are assigned to specific schools.

Board officials report these dinosaurs are slow and are prone to breakdowns. Replacement software and parts are best sourced on eBay, some of these same officials tell the paper.

The general tone of this article is that it would be nice to make this transition off Vax, and we will eventually, but we have more pressing needs.

I have two questions:

Isn't it ironic that the main school district in the metro area with some of the most advanced technology companies on earth uses a dinosaur system such as Vax?

Why aren't school officials more outraged than bemused? Is this a Venus-Mars cultural thing, in the fact that IT imperatives don't register with non-IT educators?

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  • Get this, Seattle....

    Russell,
    I think you are mistaking Seattle for the Eastside cities of Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland. Seattle is low tech city except for when it comes to porta potties in Pioneer Square!

    yukyukyukyukhehehehe

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    fredfarkwater@...
  • RE: Get this: in tech hub Seattle, School Board still uses dinosaur VAX!

    There are thousands of VAX systems in mission-critical applications all around the world. Why get rid of something that works?

    I've spoken with the IT people to see if they'd be interested in migrating to an emulated VAX, which my company sells (http://www.stanq.com). The response was system availability wasn't an issue.

    Instead, they want an application that can handle the greatly-increased number of students. There are off-the-shelf solutions for their issue.

    If they're buying parts off of eBay, they're crazy. A quick Google shows lots of companies selling refurbished or even NEW parts for VAX. More expensive, but get what you pay for!
    squayle