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Updated 2017-12-11 04:00
printing Xmas cards on a vintage IBM 1401 mainframe
http://www.righto.com/2017/12/creating-christmas-card-on-vintage-ibm_7.html Next, I needed a program to print out this file. I have some experience writing assembly code for the IBM 1401 from my previous projects to perform Bitcoin mining on the 1401 and generate Mandelbrot fractals. So I wrote
Looking for PDP-6 software
Hello, I am looking for any PDP-6 software on paper tape, dectapes, listings et cetera. Thank you -- ..!sdf.org!martians / SDF Public Access UNIX System / http://sdf.org
Dec-10 Day announcement from Living Computers: Museum + Labs
Happy DEC-10 Day! It is my honor to announce that we at Living Computers: Museum + Labs are releasing to the computing community our Massbus Disk Emulator and all the associated software. This device connects via Massbus cables to the RH10 and RH20 interfaces on KI-10 and KL-10 systems, to
Now Hear This—Prepare For The "To Be Or To Do" Moment
Now Hear This—Prepare For The "To Be Or To Do" Moment https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2017-12/now-hear-this%E2%80%94prepare-be-or-do-moment I was blamed for online computer conferencing on the internal network (larger than the arpanet/internet from just about the beginning until
Cake toppers | Birthday cake decorations | Coasterart
Whether you’re celebrating your wedding anniversary, birthday or toasting to 50 years with your one true love, coasterart.com offers heartfelt gifts for your special someone that they will adore. From custom home décor to sentimental keepsakes he or she will treasure, our personalized gifts are
68060 Power
I had to dig a bit, as the Wikipedia article didn't give a figure - but the 68060 used about 5 watts of power; this varied depending on which clock rate version one used. In comparison, the first Pentium used about 15 watts of power - today a small amount of power, suitable for laptop
Computer glitch leaves American Airlines flights without pilots during Christmas
The Washington Post reported that officials at American Airlines are scrambling after a computer glitch left thousands of flights during Christmas week without pilots. "This is certainly not routine,” said Capt. Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, which represents
NC or CNC Programming
so what has happened to CNC (computer numerical control) programming??? Is there *no* career to be had there anymore??? Back in the early 1970's, my dad worked for a company that built check processing equipment for banks, among other things. This company used wire wrap for at least some of
I was reading about OS-9 for the M6809 CPU. Knowing the Tandy Color Computer (Coco), and the European clones Dragon32 or 64 has an M6809, and because I can emulate them, I tried a floppy image I have ("boot" and "system"). Then I tried [1] to load the image from floppy. First I did: DIR0
It's 1983: What computer would you buy?
Given the recent discussion of the merits of various computer models... Let's imagine it's 1983. Your employer requires a network of 1,000 on-line terminals (basically 24x80 green-on-glass, as common at that time), for staff to service customers by mail, telephone, and in person. Most work
Low-end workers cheated out of wages
There were a number of organizations (both public and private sector) that exploited the "salaried" status of their employees, requiring them to work long hours without any extra compensation. It amazed me that programmers at such places--who did NOT get a great base salary, were so willing to
The 1970s engineering recession
LIFE magazine did an article on Seattle's laid-off Boeing engineers in 1972 https://books.google.com/books?id=clIEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PP1&dq=life%20feb%2018%201972&pg=PA46#v=onepage&q&f=false Also, economic trouble in Peoria in 1970: https://books.google.com/books?id=u1UEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PT22&dq=life%20r
Sixty years ago, the Douglas aircraft company (later McDonnel Douglas) advertised for programmers. The bold large type headline said, "DOUGLAS WILL TRAIN YOU TO PROGRAM BIG COMPUTERS", looking almost like a cheap ad on a matchbook, rather than a dignified annoucement for professionals. The
web references that mention VS/epack https://archive.org/stream/bitsavers_ibm43xxGC280_19960176/GC20-0001-3_370_4300bib_Jan80_djvu.txt http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_sm/0/897/ENUS5749-010/index.html&lang=en&request_locale=en CSC did a lot of paging behavior
Ferranti Atlas paging
For the avoidance of doubt, and in response to the misinformation repeatedly posted by Lynn Wheeler in his ongoing tsunami of self-congratulation, here are the facts, confirmed by original documents found on the WWW: a. The Atlas DID have page usage bits, exposed in the V store. b. The Atlas
System/360 and NASA (RTOS)
Bitsavers uploaded a few IBM documents on S/360 and NASA applications RTOS. They're technical, but may be of interest to some. Good historical basis. (Real Time Operating System) http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/ibm/360/nasa_rtos/
OFF TOPIC: Time magazine sold to interests backed by Koch Bros.
OFF TOPIC: A long chapter in media history came to an unlikely close on Sunday night with a sale agreement for Time Inc., the publisher of once- prestigious magazine titles including Time, Sports Illustrated and People. The Meredith Corporation — the owner of Family Circle, Better Homes and
VCF Pacific Northwest (Feb 2018): Last call for Exhibitors and Speakers
Where: Living Computers: Museum+Labs (Seattle, WA, USA) When: February 10th and 11th, 2018 Registration deadline: December 10th, 2017 (About 2 weeks left) We have about 15 registered exhibitors now. We are looking for a few more to fill things out and to ensure that if somebody drops out that
Net neutrality repeal
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants the U.S. government to stop "micromanaging the internet." On Tuesday he introduced a proposal to repeal the controversial 2015 net neutrality rules that prevented broadband companies from blocking or slowing down access to websites or services. full article at:
A Day in the Life on the Image Activator
Does anyone have a copy of this, please? Circa 1985. Google isn't helping, except for the version translated to Win32. -- Using UNIX since v6 (1975)... Use the BIG mirror service in the UK: http://www.mirrorservice.org
FYI: Hallicrafters SX-28-A Super Skyrider Receiver Instruction Book, 1944
Bitsavers posted this. It may be of historical interest to radio fans. http://www.bitsavers.org/communications/hallicrafters/sx-28/94X004_Hallicrafters_SX-28-A_Super_Skyrider_Receiver_Instruction_Book_Apr1944.pdf
Uber hacked, data stolen
Hackers have stolen personal data for 57 million Uber customers and drivers, the ride-hailing company said Tuesday. The stolen information includes names, home addresses, mobile phone numbers and emails of 50 million people who have used Uber around the world. The breach also exposed the
A Computer That Never Was: the IBM 7095
Passed by Bitsavers, noted there were some interesting new items there. One of them was some internal IBM documents referring to a successor to the IBM 7094. This would have had an incompatible instruction set, but would be able to switch into a compatibility mode. In its native mode,
OFF TOPIC: 2017 NYC Museum Train
OFF TOPIC The New York City subway will operate its 1930s museum train on the Sixth and Second Avenue Lines for the holiday season. AFAIK, this train has no computers or even any electronics on board. All solid heavy duty electro-mechanical equipment. Also, vintage buses will run on 42nd
ABC: Republican senator says GOP 'toast' under leadership of Roy Moore, Donald Trump
excerpt "If we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast," Flake was caught saying by ABC affiliate KNXV. article at http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/republican-senator-caught-live-mic-gop-toast-leadership/story?id=51239423
Looking for BASIC Plus 2 BP2 source code
Hello, I am looking for BASIC Plus 2 (BP2) TOPS-20 PDP-10 source code. I wonder where it went ... -- ..!sdf.org!martians / SDF Public Access UNIX System / http://sdf.org
IBM 1403 Printer Characters
Can anyone post links to web pages... that have a large amount of sample printouts from an IBM 1403 printer??? I have googled this subject with little success. I am interested in the sans serif monospaced font that seems to be the original 1403 font. I had access at university to a 1403
Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, Nov. 19
Happy Thanksgiving, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19 at -- Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant 2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan) Fresno, California (559) 227-1686
Early calculator ID
Watching some Streets Of San Francisco episodes I spotted this (desk?) calculator. Since this episode (called "Deathwatch") was aired early 1973 it might be shot 1972 or 1971. Can anyone ID it? -- Andreas You know you are a redneck if you use your fishing
Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, Nov. 18
Happy November, C= and Ami comrades! The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at Panera Bread Restaurant 19662 Nordhoff Street Northridge, California (818) 407-9400 Not only will I have an Amiwest
VCF PNW: Second call for Exhibitors and Speakers
In case you missed it we (the Vintage Computer Federation) is putting together a Vintage Computer Festival (VCF PNW) at the Living Computer Museum+Labs in Seattle. We are actively looking for exhibitors and speakers for this new show. The show will be held February 10th and 11th, 2018. We are
Can anything stop robocalls to our mobile phones?
CBS News article discusses issue and recommendations. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/robocalls-to-mobile-phones-do-not-call/
TYMSHARE @ CHM https://medium.com/chmcore/someone-elses-computer-the-prehistory-of-cloud-computing-bca25645f89 "There is no cloud," goes the quip. "It's just someone else's computer." ... snip ... In Aug1976, TYMSHARE made its VM370/CMS based online computer conferencing system "free" to IBM
Uploads - What is wrong with Easynews
Looking for Star Trek Discovery season 1 Episodes 6 onwards in english. Why does it seem there are no posts any more ??? --- This email has been checked for viruses by AVG. http://www.avg.com
Woman engineers, 1962
LIFE magazine did a small article on pioneering women engineers in 1962. https://books.google.com/books?id=z00EAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA106&dq=life%20%22Lady%20engineer%22&pg=PA102#v=onepage&q&f=false The woman interviewed said there was a demand for engineers, so they didn't care if she was a woman. In
OFF TOPIC: Rock Island railroad, 1946
LIFE did a detailed study and pictorial of a railroad in 1946. This gives considerable information on the operation of railroads at that time. As an aside, railroads were major users of punched card tabulating systems and then computers from an early date; the New York Central System
I got teraflops
I am sitting here laughing maniacally. I downloaded the CUDA sdk from the nvidia site and set it up, then found a CUDA-enabled Whetstone and ran it, and it's showing EIGHT TERAFLOPS in single-precision Whetstone. It's down to 250 gigaFLOPS in double-precision mode, which is expected because
OFF TOPIC: Dollar stores thrive in rural economy
We've had some discussions on retailing. An article came out describing dollar stores in very rural places. EMPORIUM, Pa. — In a land beyond Walmart, where the mom-and-pops and five-and-dimes have closed, a bulwark remains, offering the citizens of sleepy Cameron County PA cheap stuff like
classic IBM ads 1949-1950
Here are two classic ads from IBM: 11/14/49 "Releasing the human mind through electronics" (vacuum tube) https://books.google.com/books?id=90wEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PP1&dq=life%20nov%2014%201949&pg=PA26#v=onepage&q&f=false 2/6/50 "speeding business through electronics" (collection of IBM's tabulating
Computer identification
Was watching a British TV movie called "Sweeney!" which aired in the UK in 1977, and spotted a computer or terminal I have never seen before, thus took a screenshot, see . Seems when watching it, that there was a phone cable plugged into the front of the
Scotch Whiskey
Could be described as off-topic, I was just watching BBC news, there was a bit on it about fake old whiskey, and an expert said the real tests were, wa it pre-1945, or post, that it could known from the radioactivity after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I read before that the steel in the big battleshi
Burger cheese debate--who really cares?
The news media has been buzzing about the positioning of cheese on an emoji. Who cares? Why does it matter? http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/30/technology/google-cheeseburger-emoji/index.html (Personally, I like a good cheeseburger, but had to stop eating them for health reasons; too much
(Part of) Hewlett-Packard archives destroyed in fire
A portion of the HP corporate archives, including the personal papers of William Hewlett and David Packard, were destroyed in the Santa Rosa fires: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/7559762-181/hewlett-packard- archives-at-keysight-destroyed http://preview.tinyurl.com/y74wgz3v The
Television history, 1947
LIFE magazine did an extensive article on the early days of television, 1947. This includes both the technology and art of broadcasting. https://books.google.com/books?id=kEgEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PP1&dq=life%20dec%201%201947&pg=RA1-PA117#v=onepage&q=television&f=false (you can scroll through the rest
OFF TOPIC: American Flyer model train set 1947
The following link is to an ad for a model railroad set by American Flyer (AC Gilbert Co) from 1947. https://books.google.com/books?id=kEgEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PP1&dq=life%20dec%201%201947&pg=RA1-PA151#v=onepage&q&f=false Gilbert also made scientific toys, like chemistry sets. A/F was a competitor to
VCF Pacific Northwest (Seattle) exhibit registration is open
Vintage Computer Federation is opening exhibitor registration for the inaugural Vintage Computer Festival Pacific-Northwest, Feb. 10-11, at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle. http://www.vcfed.org/registration/exhibitor_register-online.php?event_id=5
Tech: we didn't mean for it to turn out like this
Written in 2014, still valid. By the author of "technology is heroin" (an agile/scrum guy). http://www.whattofix.com/blog/archives/2014/05/we-didnt-mean-for-it-to-turn-out-like-this.php //--clip Looking at the net today, I can’t help but reflect on how it’s turning out so differently than we
Norden bombsight
I understand this is basically an analog computer. Anyway, I thought during the war it was a closely guarded secret. Apparently not too secret as LIFE in 1943 described it in detail: https://books.google.com/books?id=jFAEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA17&dq=life%20%22united%20states%20rubber%22&pg=PA102#v=onepa
OFF TOPIC: Leave it to Beaver--sneakers (early 1960s lifestyle)
Today, most people wear sneakers almost all the time. Some kids don't even own a pair of real shoes. Back in the early 1960s, things were different. On a Leave it to Beaver episode, Beaver joined a basketball team. The coach told the kids to come next time wearing sneakers, and Ward had to
the past: "Come visit us", "Take your time, trainee"
In reviewing corporate employee newsletters from circa 1960, I was struck by two articles. They showed attitudes that I think were radically different than espoused by corporations today. The first was an invitation for branch office staff to visit the corporate HQ whenever they happen to be