SDS/XDS Programming Consoles [was: PDP-11/70 Panel brought back to life]
elf at ucsd.edu
Tue Dec 12 23:36:38 CST 2006
> I own XDS (SDS) Sigma 9 Panel and brought it back to life.
> It was quite an undertaking, as the panel consists of about
> 100 lamps -- and hand wiring all of them took quite a bit of
> It now blinks -- in some sort of random "computing" fashion
> -- but is essentially a useless piece of eye-candy when it
> comes to being a useful computer (after all, I don't have
> anything else except the programming console). But I must
> admit, it is a pretty sight watching all those blinkenlights
> flicker on and off :-)
> I also own an SDS 940 programming console -- but I've chosen
> to leave that untouched (a dead soul, if you will).
> P.S. -- I'd post a video of it in action, but I don't own
> a video camera (I'll have to borrow one). I did take a bunch
> of snapshots in succession and piece them together -- kind of
> a kludge -- but you get an idea of what it looks like after
> watching it. Not nearly as nice if it were a smooth video though.
> If anyone is interested, and I can get around to it, I'll post
> a picture or two, and the "piecemeal" video on a website in
> the (maybe near) future.
I put up a few snapshots of my XDS Sigma 9 Console in action, and a
snapshot of my XDS "dead" SDS 940 Console. I chose not to put up the
kludged "snapshot video" of the XDS Sigma 9 Console just because it
really doesn't do justice to what it looks like when it comes to life.
Anyway, if interested, see:
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