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Updated 2018-06-21 15:16
Private sector needs a little sumthin' sumthin' to get it sharing threat intel - US security chap
Private sector needs a little sumthin' sumthin' to get it sharing threat intel - US security chap https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/06/20/international_panel_cyber_week/ That's what chief exec Ciaran Martin told Israel Cyber Week during a panel on international cooperation alongside his
1977: PDP ties together emergency reporting network
PDP 11/10 and 11/40 computers used to route Chicago's emergency calls in 1977. article at: https://books.google.com/books?id=3AcUztjLOHcC&lpg=PA55&dq=bell%20telephone%20police&pg=PA55#v=onepage&q&f=false
Which are the dinosaurs, the computers or the computerists?
Having cut my teeth on the DEC computers (PDP8/E used as the basis of many aspects of 3rd year electronics at Essex Uni in 1972 and then 10 years as an assembly language programmer on PDP11s in real-time embedded applications), that basic understanding of fundamental instruction set operation
Lynn Wheeler et al
Insofar as this NG is about old computers, then the old timers are to be encouraged before they too have left us. Their recollections of things that had happened before many of us were not yet a twinkle in the milkman's eye are too valuable to be lost in an outburst of personal rancour. Just
Video and photos from the Pacific Commodore Expo NW 2018
The first video is up and running at YouTube! See "Announcing the Raffle for the Pacific Commodore Expo NW 2018" at https://youtu.be/B-yVGkWZ0_w More videos and photos to come, Robert Bernardo Fresno Commodore User Group http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm August
Your own desktop PDP11/70?
Things are looking up on the Obsolence Guaranteed blog!
The Three Billy Goats Gruff? :-)
Not only are we plagued by a Huge troll, but it increases in size every day. :-)
George Lucas reveals his plan for Star Wars 7 through 9--and it was awful
George Lucas reveals his plan for Star Wars 7 through 9--and it was awful https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/06/george-lucas-reveals-his-plan-for-star-wars-7-through-9-and-it-was-awful/ When I first moved to San Jose, co-worker talked about being in the San Jose Astronomy club and Lucas
Mannix season 1 coming soon
On MeTV, Mannix is now airing season 8 and will likely roll over to season 1 soon. This was when Mannix worked for a big company and used computers. Admittedly, there is not a lot of computer images, but it is interesting. For the schedule, check MeTV. https://www.metv.com/shows/mannix
Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, June 17
Happy Father's Day, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, June 17 at -- Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant 2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan) Fresno, California (559) 227-1686
CBS News--ending of net neutrality
CBS News reported that the Federal Communications Commission on Monday put into effect a new rule called "Restoring Internet Freedom," which replaces net neutrality, the Obama-era regulation that ensured internet service providers like Comcast (CMCSA) and Verizon (VZ) treat all websites and
I wrote a while ago about sending for a Gemini, well it arrived this week. Really a upgraded zaurus, without the zaurus programs. So far I have got it to startup in English (rather than Japanese). Instructions?.. only wimps need instructions (about 10 small pages.) -- greymaus.ireland.ie
This 1966 Article About 'Computer Danger' Predicted a Bleak Future of Bank Crimes and Info Leaks
This 1966 Article About 'Computer Danger' Predicted a Bleak Future of Bank Crimes and Info Leaks https://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/this-1966-article-about-computer-danger-predicted-a-ble-1826571043 A short editorial in the September 19, 1966 issue of the Sandusky Register newspaper in Sandusky,
Re: Flying crisps, redux
Trying to shut you up as you being the most pernicious troll of Usenet?
Where old computers find their final resting place
Some good snaps here https://www.cio.com.au/slideshow/268510/pictures-tech-yesteryear-where-old-computers-find-their-final-resting-place/
What microprocessor is more powerful, the Z80 or 6502?
Back in the late 70s and mid 80s you could chose between a Z80 and 6502, when it came to 8-bit home computers. Sure there where some micros using a M6809 (almost 16-bit) and some 8080 CPUs. But most of the micros then ran a 6502 or Zilog Z80. Which one is more powerful, not regarding custom
First use of /sbin in Unix?
This came up elsewhere, but hasn't gotten a definitive answer. This forum is a repository of computer history, so someone here might know. When did the /sbin directory first appear in Unix, and who did it? It *doesn't* exist in the AT&T SysVR2 version running on my AT&T 3B1 from the late 80s.
OT: Manhattan Project photo exhibition
off topic The National Building Museum in Washington is now holding an exhibit of the Manhattan Project, "Secret Cities The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project". details at: https://www.nbm.org/exhibition/secret-cities/
The dictionary definition of recursion
Recursion : see recursion. As a recursive "elegant" solution, factorial (1,000,000) is likely to crash most systems
Disposing of 12 LA120 printers, Perth, Western Australia
We have a push on to catalog and reduce our collection. Which group should I be listing this on ? Sorry, we don't have the resources to organise shipping. Tony ACMS WA
Cincinnati Milling Machine Company computers
bitsavers uploaded information on these computers. They appear to be control devices to be used within other machines as opposed to standalone machines. Anyone ever have experience with them? general brochure http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/cincinnatiMilacron/CIP_2000_CIP_2100_Brochure.pdf
Atari Co-Founder Ted Dabney Dead At 81
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/atari-ted-dabney-obituary_us_5b0aefc4e4b0568a880c878b -- Pete
The birth of BASIC
I found this IMO interesting video about the birth of BASIC on YouTube. It also shows some old IBM and other machines used back in the 1960s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYPNjSoDrqw I enjoyed watching it. -- Andreas My random toughts and comments https://news-commentaries.blogspot.com
Two weeks until the Pacific Commodore Expo NW 2018!
Time is counting down for the June 9-10 Pacific Commodore Expo NW 2018! Come and enjoy the Commodore and Amiga computers in the relaxed atmosphere of the the Living Computers: Museum + Labs, which is at 2245 1st Ave. South Seattle, Washington, USA. PaCommEx is now on the LCM + L's event
Silicon Valley rewriting privacy policies in response to European changes
Washington Post--Silicon Valley companies have been rewriting their privacy policies to make them clearer in time for a Friday deadline as Europe ushers in sweeping new privacy laws that could affect users worldwide. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/05/24/new-privacy-rules
NASA 1960 Management and Control System
Just uploaded to bitsavers. excerpt The problem of "management and control" has been recognized by NASA management as a very important factor in the success of their program. Positive steps have been taken by the installation of the Program Management Planning (PMPp system as an interim
Eudora Source Code Released
For those of us who got into personal computers in the late 80s and early 90s, this is momentous news: http://www.computerhistory.org/_static/atchm/the-eudora-email-client-source-code/ Qualcomm donated the whole thing - source, trademarks, domain names - to the Computer History Museum. From
Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, May 27
Happy Upcoming 3-Day Weekend, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, May 27 at -- Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant 2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan) Fresno, California (559)
RCA and GE--why did they fail in computers?
In the 1950s and 1960s, computers were the hot growing thing, and a lot of companies got into them. Some were large, some were small. Two big companies were GE and RCA. Both had extensive product lines that already served industry, so they should've known how to market and support complex
3390 teardown
found on facebook, 3390 teardown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBjoWMA5d84&feature=share 3390 https://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/storage/storage_3390.html 3380->3390 3mbytes/sec to 4.2mbytes/sec higher bit density also smaller disk can spin faster, 3390mod1, 3.78gbytes to 11.35gbyt
BCD, binary, accounting or financial planning?
Subject to storage and time limitations, all the major processors are Turing machines that can be programmed to give you 1000+ digits of integer plus 1000+ digits of fraction in either binary or decimal.
Most sophisticated software ever written?
The Quora website is asking for answers at https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-most-sophisticated-piece-of-software-code-ever-written and various Netizens have volunteered such candidates as - the Stuxnet worm; - Early versions of Microsoft Word; - the Linux kernel; - spreadsheets-graphics-dat
There's a Ford (Philco) in your past...
Bitsavers just uploaded a lot of documents from Philco from the early 1960s. By 1963, Philco was a unit of the Ford Motor Company. Interesting stuff. http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/philco/
Hell is ... ?
Hell is being brought in as a contractor to take over the company's only product when its author has left to pursue his career elsewhere and proved to be a probably-underpaid engineer but a grossly-overpaid self-taught junior programmer who produced several pages of completely undocumented code
I've recently been involved in quite a few discussions about implementation of F-35 ... recent part more JSF http://www.ausairpower.net/APA-JSF-Analysis.html The F-22A system set a record for software complexity in a fighter, with around 2.5 million lines of software source code cited. The
IBM recruitment ad, 1990
1990 recruitment ad "At IBM, outstanding people don't stand still". https://books.google.com/books?id=x8wDAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA125&dq=ebony%20ibm&pg=PA125#v=onepage&q&f=false I wonder how people hired at that time fared at the company after the cutbacks.
CDC 3x00 pictures
bitsavers added a few pictures of this series of machines. Neat stuff. We see the old style glass-walled computer room. http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/cdc/3x00/pictures/
1962 computer transistor specs (CDC 3600)
Bitsavers just posted a design guide for the CDC 3600 dating from 1962. Very technical, but interesting. Details the gory details of all the transistors--breakdown and saturation voltages, current gain, gain bandwidth, collector capacitance, type, and material. Then it has very detailed
Barb emailed me back. She is as well as may be expected. Having difficulty getting to the net. Using library computers. More importantly, she was off to the tulip festival. sidd
Friden 1968 word processing
Their 2340 paper tape based word processor. https://books.google.com/books?id=XR4fSb3X5G8C&lpg=PA1057&dq=aba%20journal%20friden&pg=PA1057#v=onepage&q=aba%20journal%20friden&f=false see also 1970 https://books.google.com/books?id=JRxtwqp3eEwC&lpg=PA1023&dq=aba%20journal%20friden&pg=PA1023#v=onepa
off topic ACA warnings ignored, big rate increases
excerpt No one should be surprised. When Donald Trump took steps to sabotage the health care system, as part of a political campaign against the Affordable Care Act, every relevant voice in the debate – insurers, hospitals, medical professionals, industry experts, et al – told the president
The Value of Assembler
IBM article 2017 http://ibmsystemsmag.com/mainframe/trends/ztalk/john-ehrman/
Maker Faire Bay Area - May 18-20, 2018
Join us, the Vintage Computer Federales, at our exhibit during Maker Faire Bay Area on May 18-20, 2018! The event where art, education, creation, and technology blend together, Maker Faire Bay Area welcomes the tens of thousands of attendees to its location at the San Mateo County Event Center,
Hallicrafters manuals on bitsavers
The Bitsavers communications division has a nice collection of manuals, loaded with technical information. (I didn't see any advertising brochures). For those interested in radio, this may be a good resource. http://www.bitsavers.org/communications/hallicrafters/
CDC 1604 posted on bitsavers
New stuff, including ads http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/cdc/1604/
old vax fortran
old vax resurrected to excavate old galileo data: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/05/01/fortran_data_galileo_ganymede_moon/ sidd
Any implementations of JOSS?
While tidying up my bookshelf I found an old copy of "Time-Shared Computer Languages" which discussed a bunch of languages available on-line in 1973. One of them was JOSS, first implemented on the vacuum tube Johnniac, then reimplemented on the PDP-6, and available on the PDP-10 where DEC
Accounting Machines?
We touched on this in the past. Has anyone ever used one or seen them in operation? These were, in a sense, giant adding machines that could post a transaction on multiple documents simultaneously, e.g. a journal, ledger card, and customer receipt, and keep multiple totals. My employer used
IBM RAMAC ad, 1956
First disk drive, 5 meg. http://blog.modernmechanix.com/mags/ScientificAmerican/11-1956/ibm_ramac.jpg