Xah Lee's Unixism

jmfbahciv at aol.com jmfbahciv at aol.com
Wed Sep 8 13:48:36 CEST 2004

In article <p9qdnTnxTYDJR6PcRVn-pw at speakeasy.net>,
   rpw3 at rpw3.org (Rob Warnock) wrote:
>John Thingstad <john.thingstad at chello.no> wrote:
>| As you may know XP is not particularly good as a server.
>| I would go for some Unix implementation (perhaps free-BSD)
>| As a workstation XP seems OK.
>| I hear a lot of complaints about XP's stability.
>| Since I have not administered a XP network, yet, I cant comment on that.
>| But in my personal experience it is a stable system.
>| I frequently let my computer run 24 hrs. a day for more than a month  
>| without a need to reboot. So for me it is adequate.
>*Only* a month?!?  Here's the uptime for one of my FreeBSD boxes
>[an old, slow '486]:
>    %  uptime
>     2:44AM  up 630 days, 21:14, 1 user, load averages: 0.06, 0.02, 0.00
>    % 
>That's over *20* months!!

I bet we can measure the youngster's age by the uptimes he boasts.
>p.s. I remember the time back in the early 70's (at Emory Univ.) when
>we called DEC Field Service to complain that our PDP-10 had an uptime
>of over a year. Why were we complaining? Well, that meant that DEC Field
>Service had failed to perform scheduled preventive maintenance (which
>usually involved at least one power cycle)...  ;-}

One?  Had to be two.  FS was supposed to use their service pack
as the system disk, not the customers!!!  I believe that was
true even in 1970.  The dangers of smushing bits was too great.


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