Computer Machinery Corporation?

Brent Hilpert hilpert at
Sat Sep 17 15:16:16 CDT 2005

On the other hand, there's something to be said for taking a beat-up piece of
trash and getting it going again.
... go for that post-apocalypse look.

You mention that there is no memory, however if you look at the brochure/advert:
the circuit board complement (4 or 5 boards) looks similar to what is in your photo:

And the text at the bottom of the brochure/advert of the fast model:
says semiconductor memory was used in that model.

Could it be there was semicon memory there instead of core?
Maybe there is a chance (?) it is a 'complete' processor.

(I like the tube/valve tossed into the bottom of one of them.)

Tom Jennings wrote:
> Up at Apex today, this is what I saw, part 1:
> It's a 12-bit machine, but big odd non-DEC-looking boards. It's
> 7400 TTL, with 1974 and 1973 dated-coded chips.
> Both machines are ruined. Sacked in mud, probably for a decade.
> Little rust though, looks like damp, then blown-in dust or silt.
> Boards are possibly recoverable.
> No memory or any accessories within 10 feet, I think they were
> buried under junk and just unearthed (Don is going through the
> yard).
> The switch register is 12 bits, and a LINK light, so I assume
> it's a pdp8 clone. Could be wrong of course.

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