October 22, 2002
TI Explorer Family
It's time for another TI explorer lisp machine brochure, courtesy of Rainer Joswig:
Posted by jjwiseman at October 22, 2002 12:03 AM
This is the second part in our series about the Texas
Instruments Explorer Lisp Machines. This brochure
describes the Explorer Computer family and covers
the 'Explorer', the 'Explorer II' and the 'Explorer LX'.
The latter is a Lisp Machine with an additional
Motorola 68020 on a NuBus board running System V Unix.
So the Lisp system is the host for a Unix system. Those
were the days.
Again, these TI Explorer Lisp machines are hard to find.
It seems that a swiss airline bought most of the remaining
working systems, because they use them as part of a
larger airline reservation system. Still today.
If I'm correct Rainer is refering to Atraxis, which is part of SwissAir. Here's a CV of a guy who worked on updating their Explorer systems and constructing a replacement, last year. http://homepage.iprolink.ch/~bioneel/beo/CV.html
According to this, http://www.gst.ch/bes_06.htm, they're having trouble with the performance of the machines and finding spare parts (although I unfortunately do not read German, and the google translation was particularly bad, so my interpretation may be wrong.)
Hopefully they won't throw the machines out when they are ready to replace them =].
Yes - I'm not going into details here. I would guess that getting rid of the outdated Explorer-based software/hardware combination is a worthwile goal. ;-)
I'm wondering if at some places there are still TI Explorers or boards, disks, monitors, etc., taking dust and storage place?
If you know such places or have such equipments and want to get rid of it, please just let me know by posting an answer.