Value of a PDP/8?
compoobah at valleyimplants.com
Sun Mar 11 12:06:45 CDT 2007
Speaking as a youngster (I was in the sort-of midrange bracket, my
elementary/middle school had a reasonably well equipped Apple IIc (&
clone)/ IIgs lab that we actually learned programming on, then high
school had 2 XT clones and 2 Mac Pluses for general use, and about 25
386s kept under lock and key for learning typing, then when I got to
college I missed the VAX years-we were on Suns) the DEC bit was due
partially to reputation and, perhaps, partially due to advertising
(after the children's programming on PBS they ran McNeil/Lehrer, and
right at the start they did the "brought to you by Digital Equipment"
with the Digital logo. Still remember that).
Anyway- I was old enough to remember the technical buzz about Alpha
when it came out, and of course I later learned how 4BSD was written on
and for VAXen. I don't have a huge DEC collection (VAX 4000/200,
VAXstation 3100/76 (cobbled together, it seems to mostly work) DEC
3000, AlphaServer 1000a, Multia (my first machine, I was getting
Haven't found any PDPs in the area/within my price range, but based on
my experience there are two manufacturers who do really nice console
firmware, one of them is DEC (SRM/later VAX consoles), and the other is
Sun. DEC marketing was terrible, though (arbitrary hardware limits,
extreme proprietariness, random direction changing (sounds a bit like
SGI...) It's a testament to DEC engineering, though, that HP hasn't
been able to kill off the Alpha after several years of trying. It's
back, at least for another month.
It will be interesting to see what today's children are interested in.
AFAIK few school districts do programming now, and most are running
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