Odd PDP-8/I

Bruce Ray bruce at Wild-Hare.com
Tue Jan 20 11:31:57 CST 2009

Both pictures of the pedestal-mount PDP-8/I were taken from my 
www.NovasAreForever.com web site, and are from a DEC brochure that 
introduced the PDP-8/i in 1968.  I scanned the brochure after it received 
water/sewage damage, but had to tear out some of the front paper as it too 
damaged to be retained.  (That is why the bottom right is ragged.)

I have asked numerous DEC people if they have seen this marketing design, 
and nobody that I have talked to has seen one.

Data General had a similar "pedestal mounted" Nova - which won an industrial 
design award.  Only two were made for the marketing department, and neither 
have been seen since 1969.  I keep searching, however.  <sigh>

Bruce Ray
Wild Hare Computer Systems, Inc.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pontus Pihlgren" <pontus at Update.UU.SE>
To: <cctech at classiccmp.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 06:23 AM
Subject: Re: Odd PDP-8/I

>I sort of found an answer here. The pedestal version is mentioned in
> the pdp-8 faq:
> http://www.faqs.org/faqs/dec-faq/pdp8-models/section-5.html
> Also there are pictures in the maintenance manual:
> http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/dec/pdp8/pdp8i/DEC-8I-HR1A-D_8Imaint_Mar70.pdf
> Was this part of DEC marketing the PDP-8 as cute? it sure is :)
> The question remains though, has anyone seen it in the wild? What was it
> used for?
> /P
> On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 01:44:08PM +0100, Pontus Pihlgren wrote:
>> Hi
>> In one of the computer clubs books there is a drawn picture of an odd
>> PDP-8/I. A bit of googling gave this:
>> http://blog.iso50.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/windowslivewriterpdp8is-2c248-i-01-thumb.jpg
>> (Same picture, but bigger: )
>> http://blog.iso50.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/windowslivewriterpdp8is-2c248-i-01-2.jpg
>> Has anyone seen it in the wild, its a pretty wierd form factor, reminds
>> me about the H316 Kitchen computer.
>> Cheers,
>> Pontus

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