Greybeards (Re: Netbooks & BSD)
freebsd at qeng-ho.org
Wed Oct 20 20:10:31 UTC 2010
On 10/20/10 20:46, Bob Hall wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 12:07:55PM -0500, Tim Daneliuk wrote:
>> On 10/20/2010 11:55 AM, Gary Kline wrote:
>>> On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 12:47:38AM -0700, perryh at pluto.rain.com wrote:
>>>> Matthias Apitz<guru at unixarea.de> wrote:
>>>>> El d?a Tuesday, October 19, 2010 a las 07:29:46PM -0700, Gary Kline escribi?:
>>>>>> PS: I really _was_ current on hardware stuff. Back in the VAX
>>>>>> 780 days :-)
>>>>> I booted my first UNIX V7 tape on a PDP-11 around 1982, I think.
>>>> Gotcha beat :) UNIX V6, PDP-11/34, RK05 disk cartridge, 1975.
>>>> The whole runtime fit on one RK05. The sources took a second one.
>>> I remember the 11/34 fondly. The whole EE department at Cory
>>> Hall was running one one; then when I interned at Livermore my
>>> job of porting the "Portable F77 Compiler" was done with vi and
>>> the source code that Stu Feldman wrote. I love[d] those bloody
>>> old computers, :-) Dunno why. Maybe because they really
>>> *were* about computing. Not streaming [[whatever]] or having
>>> php running. (Blah^9^9^9)
>> Heck, when I started out, they didn't even have zeros and ones yet.
>> We had to settle for "o"s and "l"s ...
> When I started out, we didn't have read/write heads for the hard disks.
> We had to copy the data from the screen to the disk by hand using
> magnetized sewing needles. In order to read the damn things we had to
> pass a compass over the disk and see where the needle deflected.
Enough Monty Python Yorkshiremen claims, already. :-)
Getting back to reality, although I never did it (fortunately), a friend
of mine who was about a decade older than me (I'm mid/late 50s) had the
experience of programming microcode on a machine by inserting brass
slugs for 0s and ferrite slugs for 1s on a pin board. Anyone got any
idea what that was? He was (UK) military so maybe it wasn't a generally
"Although the wombat is real and the dragon is not, few know what a
wombat looks like, but everyone knows what a dragon looks like."
-- Avram Davidson, _Adventures in Unhistory_
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