Severe Year2000 problems of E&S ESV and PS300
bruce_bush at merck.com
Wed Nov 25 14:37:40 EST 1998
Dear crystallographers -- I have just received a form letter from Evans &
Sutherland, apparently sent to me as an old-time (1970's-80's) user
of E&S graphics workstations. From Maurice Smith, Manager of Tech
Support, it warns that:
-- the obsolete ESV workstation has a severe Year 2000 problem in
non-volatile RAM; the system will become unstable or refuse to boot on
1 Jan 2000.
"It is, of course, possible to set the clock back, but the system would
to be removed from your network [lest] the UNIX network time sync
 attempt to change the clock to the current date-time."
Smith says that E&S will not fund a 'fix' to the problem, and recommends
replacing the workstation.
-- The still-older PS300 graphics station can function; operator sets date
for file-date stamping. Smith recommends choosing a suitable pre-2000
The letterhead gives no phone number. The address on the envelope is
E&S, 600 Komas Drive, P.O. Box 58700, Salt Lake City UT 84158.
I cannot directly vouch for this information, but there seems no reason for
anyone to make false statements. A sad end to the lineage that I first used
LDS-1 (Serial#2), then MPS, then PS300, now overtaken by the millenium --
and by Toys-R-Us.
Best -- / Bruce L. Bush / bruce_bush at merck.com
Merck Research Labs Rahway NJ 07065
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