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The Lounge War Stories Wrong Array... Post 303018673 by gull04 on Wednesday 13th of June 2018 03:31:41 AM
Old 06-13-2018
Hi Guys,

This also goes back around 25 years when in the space of two weeks I was involved in two power switch incidents in the space of two weeks. The first incident was on a trading floor in the Minories in London, on a Data General Aviion system an 8550 I think. Anyway, while getting ready for a very short outage on the system - I found out that the Grey import that this company had sneaked onto the contract had a power interlock on one of the Zeus fasteners on the rear panel of the system.

The other incident was much more humerous from my perspective at least.

Whilst going past a comms room in a fairly deserted part of the building, my attention was attracted by shouts for help. I went into the comms room to see one of the software developers perched cross legged on a swivel chair infront of a big (for it's time) Data General Clariion Disk Array (60 Bay I think), when I asked what the problem was I did have to struggle to keep a straigh face.

The developer had spun round on his chair and the pointed toe of his shoe had depressed the power button on the array, he had had the common sense to not move so the button hadn't popped out and dropped the array power - but he'd been there for about an hour and was now suffering cramps.

Fortunately there was enough space to get a finger in and hold the button down, whilst we got a clean shutdown of the application and the system. However the developer had to be helped out of the swivel chair by others as we just left him there while verything was brought down.

The Clariion power button was modified with a Domestos bottle top, which had a hole cut in it being Araldited over the offending button.

Ah the good old days.

Regards

Gull04
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x_buttontest(6) 						  Games and Demos						   x_buttontest(6)

NAME
x_buttontest - Xview demonstration and test program for SunButtons SYNOPSIS
/usr/demo/BUTTONBOX/x_buttontest DESCRIPTION
x_buttontest is an Xview application that displays a window with thirty two buttons, corresponding to those on the SunButtons buttonbox. To determine if the buttonbox has been set up correctly, select the Diagnostic button on the panel. If the buttonbox is functional and cor- rectly interfaced, each of the buttons will light in sequence for about 1 second. Then "OK." is sent to the standard output of the demo program. x_buttontest is now in its (default) interactive mode. Pressing a button on the buttonbox highlights the corresponding button on the screen. Additionally, x_buttontest sends a BDIOBUTLITE ioctl to the buttonbox in response to each key press and key release, so that the button light is illuminated while the button is held down. If the serial communications become confused, as can happen when both the buttonbox and the dialbox are operated at the same time, one or more button lights may remain on after the button is released. Clicking on the Reset button on the panel will unconditionally turn all the button lights off. ATTRIBUTES
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes: +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |Architecture |SPARC | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ SEE ALSO
bdconfig(1M), attributes(5), x_dialtest(6), bd(7M), streamio(7I) SunOS 5.10 1 Jan 1997 x_buttontest(6)

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