Jules Richardson wrote on "Digital Archaeology of the Microcomputer, 1974-1994
Billy.Pettit at wdc.com
Fri Jan 19 16:11:37 CST 2007
William Donzelli wrote:
OK, Mr. Curmudgeon, what can you tell us kids about the CDC Mass Store
System? I got a couple of cartridges in the mail today from a buddy
that used to be in the supercomputer business. Nearly everything on
the web is about the IBM noodlepicker.
Sorry, but I never worked on it. Saw it in action a few times and was
fascinated with the picker arm moving so fast over the honeycomb.
I don't believe a lot were sold. I saw one status report that only had 18
of them world wide. There may have been more sold, but I doubt it. The
lack of compatibility with legacy tapes was a huge detractor. Pople who
needed big tape libraries already had thousands of tapes and didn't want to
convert them one by one.
I do know that they were great job security. It required a full time field
engineer. Don't think I have a manual on it, though I may have some Sales
literature. I'll check the controlfreaks twiki and see if any info is
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