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#1 2015-12-07 15:01:11

jt
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HFSI??????

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/351592376041

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Dunno WTF it might be? CHC, I'm betting you're either the buyer or really wishing you'd seen the auction. Very curious about purpose, connectors, cards, interfaces (FDD)  .  .  .

.  .  .  and blocked ventilation of the IIfx' case inside that very cool box? roll


MLA thread: https://68kmla.org/forums/index.php?/to … from-ebay/

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#2 2015-12-07 16:01:20

jt
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Re: HFSI??????

Ventilation found:

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2x DE-9F connectors: Dual head medical imaging TPD Card?

Last edited by jt (2015-12-07 16:35:42)

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#3 2015-12-07 17:11:29

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Re: HFSI??????

Try some kind of DoD application. Honeywell Federal Systems, Inc (HFSI), based out of MacLean, Va. and probably long since absorbed into some other company.

I have very vague recollections of seeing something like this in the old Army PM Common Hardware/Software lab at Fort Monmouth, but can't remember what application I was told it was for. Weather?

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#4 2015-12-07 17:16:07

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Re: HFSI??????

A dual floppy IIfx, hmm...

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#5 2015-12-07 17:34:11

jruschme
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Re: HFSI??????

TheWhiteFalcon wrote:

A dual floppy IIfx, hmm...

Probably SCSI and integrated to allow access to MS-DOS files. Like the old DaynaFile.

A bit more, possibly related to the origin of this system. From Computer Business Review, 21 April 1991:

TeleSoft AB of San Diego, California has announced that its TeleGen2 Ada compiler has been selected as the Ada for the $164m Information System Workstation Segment project by its prime contractor and systems integrator, Bull HN Information Systems Inc's HFSI, formerly Honeywell Federal Systems; the Worldwide Military Command & Control System Information System Workstation project seems to operate on a need-to-know basis and calls for the delivery of between 10,000 and 80,000 computer systems for use by the US armed forces; TeleSoft expects to deliver a between 1,000 and and 16,000 TeleGen2 Ada Development Systems for Apple Computer Inc Macintosh IIx computers running under the A/UX Unix; TeleGen2 Ada provides Macintosh IIx developers with a set of tools for production use including the Ada compiler, a Source Level Debugger, Global Optimiser, Language Tools and the Ada Profiler; the second-generation Ada compiler generates Motorola 68030 machine code for the Macintosh IIx, and the compiler and object code run under Apple's A/UX operating system; the systems will be used in secure local workstations for joint strategic operations planning and execution at unified and specified commands of US military services worldwide; applications include office automation, information management, engineering support and computation-intensive missions, and systems will communicate with existing WWMCCS minis and mainframes.

This makes sense as it was the era when the DoD was trying to standardize on Ada for all development.

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#6 2015-12-07 18:43:51

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Re: HFSI??????

Aha! Missed the mfr/model info tag. roll Thanks for checking back in jr, it's been a while!

sync/async?????

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#7 2015-12-07 20:56:58

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jt wrote:

Aha! Missed the mfr/model info tag. roll Thanks for checking back in jr, it's been a while!

I'm afraid that I have gotten obsessed with a non-Mac hobby and have been spending too much time in a different set of forums. I'll try to check in a bit more regularly.

Actually, not too surprising. Best indications are that this is a WWMCCS Information System (WIS). From the bits I can gather from Google, this would have connected to a Honeywell mainframe as a terminal emulator (among other functions). That probably explains the Sync part. As for Async, think 9600 baud modem, probably.

It seems like, not too long after this was built, the DoD would start to move in a different direction, replacing WWMCCS with the Global Command and Control System (GCCS) which would initially use SPARCstation 20 workstations.

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#8 2015-12-07 21:25:24

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Re: HFSI??????

Bizarre, but I'm not the buyer. Just as well since I'm trying not to acquire more large pieces I can live without (I can live without a IIfx, even a weird one).

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#9 2015-12-07 22:35:51

jt
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But  .  .  .  but  .  .  .  how can you possibly live without the seminal A/UX platform? neutral

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#10 2015-12-07 22:51:46

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Re: HFSI??????

jt wrote:

But  .  .  .  but  .  .  .  how can you possibly live without the seminal A/UX platform? neutral

i couldn't.  That's why I wanted it smile

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#11 2015-12-08 06:48:37

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Re: HFSI??????

jt wrote:

But  .  .  .  but  .  .  .  how can you possibly live without the seminal A/UX platform? neutral

That's why I have a clock-chipped Q800! (40MHz, but could easily be ramped up if I were more adventurous.)

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#12 2015-12-08 07:59:11

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Re: HFSI??????

I'd love to see the innards of that thing - specifically, how they've interfaced the 5.25" PC floppy drive with the SCSI bus.

I noticed that it doesn't seem to have any form of video card that i can see, unless the card with the two DB-9 connectors is a video card.

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#13 2015-12-08 17:26:06

jt
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Re: HFSI??????

I've been EXTREMELY curious about the same things, especially the SYNC/ASYNC ports. I'm guessing that these might be for interfacing to the Mainframe? Did Honeywell Mainframes use anything like Token Ring or would Thin/ThickNet be enough?

I'm wondering about the RAID(?) configuration: hardware based? Nice hot-swappable(?) drive cages there!

Would this be used as a gateway from Mainframe to semi-intelligent/intelligent terminals? If so: why the RAID? Could this explain the apparently headless configuration?

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