View Full Version : Wanganui Computer ???

Joe Blogs
04-04-2008, 07:05 PM
Just out of curiosity, does anyone know what its original specs where ?

04-04-2008, 07:09 PM
Not sure about specs but here is an article dated today about it being decomissioned

Joe Blogs
04-04-2008, 07:16 PM
Not sure about specs but here is an article dated today about it being decomissioned
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/0/D82630AFB2DC958DCC25700F0000AE71?OpenDocumentLooks like its a 3 years old article to me :rolleyes:

Speedy Gonzales
04-04-2008, 07:20 PM
It looks like it was a Sperry Mainframe

Well, when you logged into it, it wasnt colour originally. It was just a terminal and a monitor / printer

And every court and probation office / and probably police station had one / or a few of them.

But before it went defunct, it was used on modern pcs, and you used to access it with a script. From within windows.

I think it was moved up to Mt Wellington.

It was later changed to L.E.S (Law enforcement system).

I was one of its users / operators from 1990 till it was decomissioned

Joe Blogs
04-04-2008, 07:28 PM
Cheers Speedy,
Do you know what its total storage was and its ram size. Just trying get some comparison with your average home computer today.
I couldn't find sweet all about it with google.

Speedy Gonzales
04-04-2008, 07:32 PM
Umm nope wouldnt have a clue, since it wasnt based in any office.

Besides where it was situated in Mt Wellington. Noone who was an operator actually saw what it looked like.

Or how big it was / or its capacity

It probably ran on tape not hdd

But I know it stored a hell of a lot of information on it

04-04-2008, 07:37 PM
my mother used it for a long time with the police i think it was manufactured by hp, go to the nz police museum site to see if theres anything there

04-04-2008, 07:45 PM
You could compare a current PC to the original IBM PC:

04-04-2008, 07:47 PM
Looks like its a 3 years old article to me :rolleyes:

Sorry it is. You're right. I read the 2005 as 2008. Duh!:(

Joe Blogs
04-04-2008, 07:57 PM
Sorry it is. You're right. I read the 2005 as 2008. Duh!:(Well I thought Friday night blues mighta had something to do with it. :D

Speedy Gonzales
04-04-2008, 08:04 PM
It may have been a Unisys 2200

And I would say it was a Sperry / Univac mainframe, and in 86 by the looks of it Sperry Corp and Burroughs Corp merged to become

Thats when this model came out

Speedy Gonzales
04-04-2008, 08:25 PM
You may want to check this dude out (http://liam.xinqu.net/resume.html)

He'll tell you exactly what the specs were.

It looks like he maintained it, and was a systems programmer / analyst for it

Look under 86-88, and 88-92

His email is up the top

Joe Blogs
04-04-2008, 08:27 PM
Interesting to note that a google search for "wanganui computer" is finding this thread already

04-04-2008, 08:33 PM
Pretty quick then.

04-04-2008, 08:33 PM
Well I thought Friday night blues mighta had something to do with it. :D

almost - hard week.

05-04-2008, 08:48 AM
If you want to compare early computers with modern ones, this may be of interest.

During 1966 and 1967 I was a service rep for Burroughs and serviced mainframe computers at Griffins, the Reserve Bank and General Motors. These were all Burroughs B200s.

The machines had a clock speed of 125kHz and had 8k of RAM. The RAM was not volatile memory but was magnetic core storage. There was no keyboard or screen and all input was by punched cards or paper tape. Data manipulation and long term storage was handled using magnetic tape units.

The printer was quite capable as it was a drum printer printing up to 1400 lines per minute.

It makes me quite nostalgic thinking about it.

The cost of leasing this gear would have enabled the clients to buy several modern high spec PC each month!

07-04-2008, 04:15 PM
my boss who worked on it say it was defently a Sperry and he thinks it was a Sperry 1100/60
total storage of a few hundred megs

Graham L
10-04-2008, 07:16 PM
It was a bit bigger than a Burroughs B200. ;) And it would use tapes rather than disks. Tapes are a backup medium.

One Burroughs "large system" I used a lot had 3MB of memory and a 5MHz CPU. The system disk drive had a head for each track. The "user hard drives used exchangeable disk packs. (The 5V supply was capable of giving 4000A). That was a very fast computer, handling a heavy load.

The Wanganui one would have had a lot of diskpack drives.