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The extinct tech you forgot existed
In this BBC article children in the UK between six and 18 years were asked if they'd recognize ancient technologies like floppy disks or rotary phones. Suppose results in the rest of the world would had
Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, August 19
Happy almost Labor Day, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, August 19 at -- Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant 2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan) Fresno, California (559)
1962--Bell Telephone says class rank is most significant predictor
In a 1962 ad (link below), Bell Telephone said a person's college class rank was the most significant predictor of a person's business success. This outweighed the quality of college or extra-curricular activities. https://books.google.com/books?id=m0oEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA44&dq=life%20diver
Hello, Does anyone rember this game program? I was in the US ARMY (86-89) and I typed this command at the prompt. For the life of me I cannot recall the OS nor the machine. Funny how I remember the Sperry UTS-40 & the UNIVAC 1050-II from my time in the US Air Force in (82-86). Thanks! --
DEC AXPpci 33 SROM v0.4/v0.5?
Hi, my AXPpci 33 Board won't detect 64MB Memory Modules. I found some Notes on the Net, that the Board needs SROM v0.4 or v0.5; according to the EPROMs Label mine has v0.3. Unfortunately I was unable to locate the SROM-Contents for v0.4 or v0.5 on the Net. Does anyone know, where I could find
System recovered from Princeton/Melinda backup/archive tapes
recent email update CP-67 CP/67 3.2 CMS System disk (with some read errors) CMS Listings (2 reels, 800 BPI) with some read errors CP/67 CMS source (2 reels, 800 BPI) with no read errors NOTE: these tapes contain only CMS source -- not CP and OS/VS2 Rel. 1.7k (SVS) DLIBs
KDF9 emulation
The English Electric KDF9 was a groundbreaking product of the UK computer industry in the early 1960s. It is once again possible to learn about KDF9 "hands on" by running some KDF9 software, including the original Whetstone Benchmark, using ee9, my KDF9 emulator. Download packages of the
Canada's Telephone network, 1938 [ping Michael]
The following is a link to a 25 page special section of The Financial Post, a detailed series of articles and ads describing Canada's telephone system (local and long distance, and manufacturing) in 1938. Very interesting. https://books.google.com/books?id=umg_AAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA22&dq=%22stromberg
PDP 11/40 system manual
Bitsavers uploaded the system manual for the PDP 11/40. http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/dec/pdp11/1140/DEC-11-H40SA-A-D_PDP-11_40_System_manual.pdf 358 pages, undated.
Re: Has Microsoft commited suicide ...
On 8 Aug 2018 03:09:26 GMT blm...@myrealbox.com wrote: > In article , > Ahem A Rivet's Shot wrote: > > On Tue, 15 May 2018 06:22:17 -0700 > > Peter Flass wrote: > > > > > If
Re: meanwhile in eastern Asia, was tablets and desktops was Has Microsoft
> "'Pull out' doesn't sound manly to me. I say leave it in > there and get the job done." Because after all, that's > what we're doing to the country. -- George Carlin Oh, that is so very funny. However, it is because the United States *abandoned* Vietnam that the people of
1959 Scotland IBM
(lower right) https://books.google.com/books?id=endAAAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA12&dq=ibm%20650&pg=PA12#v=onepage&q&f=false
1960 IBM service bureau ad
IBM 650, 704, 705 and tabulating machines. https://books.google.com/books?id=6vJfAAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA9&dq=ibm%20650&pg=PA9#v=onepage&q&f=false (lower right)
_Complete Guide to RS232 and Parallel Connections_
Found in a book recycle bin and now free to a good home: Complete Guide to RS232 and Parallel Connections: A Step-by-Step Approach to Connecting Computers, Printers, Terminals and Modems Martin D. Seyer 1988 617 pages Louis
One week until the Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 !
The countdown is approaching lift-off for the August 11-12 CommVEx! Gear is being gathered, programs are being prepped, and Commodorians/Amigans are anxiously awaiting the show! :) As we have for many years, we'll be at the Plaza Hotel, third floor, 1 Main Street, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
1960 Teleprocessing IBM
Large IBM newspaper ad for their emerging teleprocessing services. (right side). https://books.google.com/books?id=f9daAAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA17&dq=%22IBM%20transceiver%22&pg=PA17#v=onepage&q=%22IBM%20transceiver%22&f=true
1959 IBM electric typewriter
An ad for the 1959 version of IBM's standard electric typewriter. This had a more modern body to it, and remained in popular service for many years, even after Selectric's came out. https://books.google.com/books?id=zPtAAAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA4&dq=ibm%20electric%20typewriter&pg=PA4#v=onepage&q&f=false
Early computers in Schools (UK)
I was lucky enough to attend a school which had one of the first computers in a school in the UK. I believe it was installed around 1965- it was well established by 1968 when I started. It had been donated by an insurance company. I believe there were only about 4 schools with computers at the
IBM Electronic Typing Calculator 632 (1962)
Here is an ad for the 632. I'm not familiar with this machine, and I don't think bitsavers has any info on it. https://books.google.com/books?id=4WY_AAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA20&dq=ibm%20punched%20card&pg=PA20#v=onepage&q&f=false
IBM CPC, electronic calcualtor newspaper 1951
1) 1952 newspaper article on IBM CPC https://books.google.com/books?id=Rm0_AAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA13&dq=ibm%20punched%20card&pg=PA13#v=onepage&q&f=false 2) 1951 IBM ad for electronic calculating punch (604) https://books.google.com/books?id=EGg_AAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA12&dq=ibm%20punched%20card&pg=PA12#v=onepage
IBM Selectric ad 1962
newspaper ad (a little fuzzy) for IBM Selectric https://books.google.com/books?id=nAFlAAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA11&dq=ibm%20selectric&pg=PA11#v=onepage&q&f=false
IBM Composer 1966
A newspaper article describing IBM's composing selectric machines (one with mag tape). https://books.google.com/books?id=6cVJAAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA8&dq=ibm%20selectric&pg=PA8#v=onepage&q&f=false
Re: Paging Brian Reay!
On 01/08/2018 17:20, Brian Reay wrote: A rather shocking and possibly maleficient or mentally sick response to a genuine offer? Should anyone else be interested, please just ask. > On 01/08/2018 17:03, Gareth's Downstairs Computer wrote: >> Brian, >> >> Whilst sorting out the junk box for
Brian Kernighan interviewed about how he learned programming
The You-tubers at Computerphile created a three parter interviewing Brian Kernighan. They ask him questions received on their Twitter feed. Like what was the first language he programmed (FORTRAN, damn now I spoiled it ;-), what the hardest challenges were and how he came to C and C++. Part I
The ABCs of Hacking a Voting Machine
The ABCs of Hacking a Voting Machine https://www.darkreading.com/iot/the-abcs-of-hacking-a-voting-machine/d/d-id/1332386 A hacker who successfully infiltrated a voting machine at last year's DEF CON will demonstrate at Black Hat USA how he did it, as well as what he later found stored on other
The Hidden Front Panel of the IBM 5100
Although no blinkenlights are provided, a very small amount of front bezel real estate was needed... The IBM 5100 had a switch, Registers/Normal, that changed its built in CRT from displaying the dialog between the user and the program running to displaying the CPU's internal registers.
Commodore Vegas Expo 2018 commercial
Check out the CommVEx 2018 commercial at https://youtu.be/L1WvTpNHs64 Prepare to dance your feet! ;) Truly, Robert Bernardo August 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
Storage Tech (Colorado) PDP-10s
Did anyone ever work with or know about the PDP-10s at Storage Tech? Didn't they make the TU70, TU71 and TU72? Did those require channel adapter gear? -- ..!sdf.org!martians / SDF Public Access UNIX System / http://sdf.org
Intersil 6100 uP
In the mid/late 70s, when I was at Uni, I had a vacation job and worked on a project involving the 6100 uP. Initially, I was let loose on a simple singe board dev system (if you can call it that), a simple keyboard, 7 segment display etc, as was common at the time. Eventually, I was trusted
Motorola D2 Development Kit
I have one of these in my loft. While I did use the earlier D1 (or at least an earlier 6800 dev kit at Uni), this kit came to me much later - long after the 6800 had (essentially) slipped into uP history. The D2 kit I have consists of two boards, essentially a processor board and a board with
IBM 305 RAMAC articles
An article describes an early installation and use: https://books.google.com/books?id=U9NdAAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA10&dq=%22ibm%20ramac%22&pg=PA10#v=onepage&q=%22ibm%20ramac%22&f=false another article shows it scoring an auto race (lower right of frame) https://books.google.com/books?id=HQUqAAAAIBAJ
Education--kids were dumb back in 1961
I often hear oldsters complain, "when I was a kid we could do math in our head" (among many other feats they could accomplish). Yet back in 1961 there were complaints that young people--today's oldsters--were just as inept as people complain today. https://books.google.com/books?id=XEIqAAAAIBA
1401 ads
Some early 1960s IBM ads for the 1401: (may need to move frame around) https://books.google.com/books?id=njZYAAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA56&dq=%22ibm%201401%22&pg=PA56#v=onepage&q=%22ibm%201401%22&f=false https://books.google.com/books?id=d79VAAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA3&dq=%22ibm%201401%22&pg=PA3#v=onepage&q=%22ibm%201
OT : Taking a long vacation
No doubt this will produce howls of derision from the usual nonces who stalk me to whichever Usenet NGs I post, but I'm spending too much time on Usenet to the detriment of many of my project plans, so it is my intention to wish you all, "Au revoir!" until such time as I have completed at least
Microsoft's PDP-10s
does anyone know details on the PDP-10s that Microsoft used? KS10s, KL10s. I am looking for serial numbers and config or options they had. also, has anyone come across the pdp10 based dev tools that were used at microsoft? -- ..!sdf.org!martians / SDF Public Access UNIX System /
IBM introduces System/360
Several newspaper articles and ads describing the launch in 1964: https://books.google.com/books?id=A85SAAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA14&dq=Ibm%20system%2F360&pg=PA14#v=onepage&q&f=false https://books.google.com/books?id=ssMtAAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA10&dq=Ibm%20system%2F360&pg=PA10#v=onepage&q=Ibm%20system/360&f=false
remembering MRC
The past couple of weeks I've been thinking about MRC a lot. He was a fixture on alt.sys.pdp10 and I'm sure people thought of him as a pretty difficult person. I knew him in person and I know the MRC face to face was different than what you might come across on alt.sys.pdp10. I recently came
Someone actually resurrected it: -- Via a lot of compilation it's possible to update SLS 1.05 to the latest tools. -- https://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=12366288&cid=56966252 sidd
Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, July 21
Happy National Junk Food Day, C= and Ami comrades! The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, July 21, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at Panera Bread Restaurant 19662 Nordhoff Street Northridge, California (818) 407-9400 The Commodore Vegas Expo
Back to school!
I realised that depite being a low-level expert (everything from the Drude model of resistance upwards) that there was one part of I/O interfacing about which I was relatively ignorant; that of video processing, both for creating images and also for image recognition. So, bought a couple of
The history of the MONITOR tops-10)
Has anyone created a definitive timeline for the PDP-6 monitor that became TOPS-10 as well as showing modifications that Tymshare, SAIl, Compuserve and others made to the code? Does version 2.18 exist? Is 4.5 sources the earliest out there at the moment? -- ..!sdf.org!martians / SDF
Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, July 15
Happy World Cup, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, July 15 at -- Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant 2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan) Fresno, California (559) 227-1686
1958 Crisis in education
Previously, we discussed education in the newsgroup. Many of us here were in school during the time frame referenced by the following articles. LIFE reviewed the state of the nation's schools in 1958. It also compares Soviet schools. https://books.google.com/books?id=PlYEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PP1
OT: 1958 a day in the life of a TV repairman
Today, we take for granted maintenance free TV sets. But in the old days, sets needed regular service, and many men made a living as TV repairman. A LIFE ad by RCA goes into detail. https://books.google.com/books?id=PlYEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PP1&dq=life%20breck&pg=PA7#v=onepage&q&f=false
OT: Cuts urged for Social Security, Medicare
OFF TOPIC: Many folks on this newsgroup are apparently retired. Now they are urging cuts in Social Security and Medicare (and Medicaid) which could be devastating to senior citizens. One of my early bosses is 90 years old. Is there really a market out for 1401 Autocoder programmers so he
Apologies, chaps (and chapesses) ...
... for the retinue of usual nonces who plague me on Usenet and maliciosly crosspost into irrelevant NGs, the Novichok being a case in point.
Manned Orbiting Laboratory Declassified: Inside a US Military Space Station
Manned Orbiting Laboratory Declassified: Inside a US Military Space Station https://www.space.com/34661-manned-orbiting-laboratory-declassified-photos.html There was a special three-processor (triplex) 360/67 done for MOL program. Standard 360/67 multiprocessor "channel director" had configurat
Pics of the Livermore Innovation Fair and of Maker Faire Bay Area 2018
I finally posted the few pictures I had from the Livermore Innovation Fair 2018. They can be found at http://blog.retro-link.com/2018/06/p...fair-2018.html My photos of the 3-day Maker Faire Bay Area 2018 at http://blog.retro-link.com/2018/06/p...aire-2018.html Back in California,
OT: RR positive train control
OFF TOPIC There is a big push now to implement Positive Train Control on passenger railroads. Anyone familiar with it? However, it seems than an earlier system did everything the new expensive high tech system does: https://books.google.com/books?id=0SADAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA2&dq=popular%20science
The Peter Principle
Do incompetent computer programmers become technical authors?