The Burroughs corporation has a long history, going back to 1886
when it began as the American Arithmometer Company. I won't reinvent the wheel
and go back into the company history myself since the Charles
Babbage Institute has already done
Back in August '01 Derek Harrison contacted me with some spare
machines he didn't want to chuck - a Commodore P500
and a couple of Burroughs B21 workstations - these were unix powered 8086 machines
that actually featured a serial network which allowed diskless workstations
to boot off another machine. Impressive for the day. Derek did stress how big
these things were but they sounded interesting and the shipping proved to be
not that much. Odd design with the system box and monitor next to each
other on a sheet of metal! Makes carrying v.awkward indeed.
Nearly 18 months later I've found time to play with these beasts;
pix to follow
B21 workstation with 8086 processor, 512K RAM and 15mb hard drive.