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Meet 19-Year-Old Connor Krukosky and His IBM z890 Mainframe

Today’s typical young adults are occupied with pastimes like sports, arts, online/mobile games, social media apps and fashion. But Connor Krukosky, 19, isn’t your typical Gen Zer—he has a mainframe in his parents’ basement.

That’s right, a mainframe—the IBM z890, to be exact. A collector of vintage machines, Krukosky found the system advertised in an online computing group in October 2015 and won it through online bidding.

His parents were a bit hesitant in bringing the system into the house, but figured once Krukosky won it there was no going back. In fact, his father excavated a portion of the backyard just to get the system into the basement that, until the mainframe was running, was unheated.

Krukosky is still working on getting the z890 up to speed as he’s learning as he goes and finding the right part can sometimes be a challenge. But as a collector, it’s something he enjoys.

Read the full profile of Krukosky and how he’s building an IBM z890 in his parents’ basement in the May/June 2016 issue of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition. View his photo collection of his mainframe.

About the IBM z890
Introduced April 7, 2004—the 40th anniversary of the System/360 mainframe— the z890 server allowed mid-size enterprise customers an option based on the z990 technology. It replaced the z800. Read more about the z890 in the System Overview.

Valerie Dennis is site editor of Destination z.

Posted: 5/24/2016 12:30:46 AM by Valerie Dennis

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