Have been doing some archive tidy ups and found these. Might be of
interest to the older folks.
- photos of the old WCC
computer room before moving upstairs when they did the Civic Centre
(ie we stayed put and they refurbished around us - 2 fires and a
flood later....we moved)
the micro-Vax cluster that was known as "Kosmos" the public side of
City-Net. The the units in the 1/2 rack with no top on it. I forget
what the other nodes in that cluster were called. Originally Kosmos
was a Vax 750 but it wasn't powerful enough. There were other
clusters for development and production, as well as a Honeywell for
legacy WCC stuff and an IBM AS-400 for the Library. The production
cluster had striped and shadowed disks not RAID as they were very
expensive - $40k for 450MBytes.
- shows part
of the comms rack and the 3 shelves of dial-up modems. One of which
the public used. There were supposed to be 3 sets of 8, for IT staff,
WCC Staff and public. In the end it was 12/12 between IT and the
Public. We used to get 50+ users on Kosmos and with only 12 modems it
was obvious they didn't need CityNet as an access gateway. Besides
there were by then commercial ISPs and we were starting CityLink
(name chosen by Jim Higgins), so we closed (the public side of )
CityNet in 1995 the year we started CityLink.
The shelves of modems at the right side of the racks were 9600 bps
CODEX modems for stat muxes for all the 80+ remote council locations
such as works depot libraries etc. They used Telecom A2 circuits (aka
dark copper). Telecom withdrew them and replaced them with digital
data circuits. I think we traded the modems in for something or
other. There were also at least 3 9600 dial up modems to provide
circuits via dial up while we waited for Telecom to provision, or as
a backup if the data circuits went down.
The leased circuits included Otaki and Palmerston North for the milk
plants, CHC (CHC City Council was our dial in node for several years)
and AKL for dial in access. There was also fiber to Wellington
Regional Council and x.25 to the Valuation Dept, National Library and
- left side of
rack - shows Cisco AGS+ and DEC ethernet bridges with fiber to link
ethernet to all the local buildings. Our first fiber circuit was
between 101 Wakefield St (WCC) and 40 Cuba Street (MED) in 1988.
Just above the AGS is (details forgotten) that ran the 64k circuit to
VUW. A year or two later we migrated that to a 2Mbps microwave, using
VUW as a hop to the works depot in Tory St, now a Te Papa depot. The
link to VUW was a spare channel on the 4x2Mbps microwave.