Hardware Hobbyists vs. Emulator Jockeys
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Thu Jun 18 01:29:47 CDT 2009
Roger Holmes wrote:
> On 16 Jun 2009, at 18:00, cctalk-request at classiccmp.org wrote:
Ladies and Gentlemen, now HERE is a man who knows how to collect classic
> From: Warren Wolfe <lists at databasics.us>
>> Roger Holmes wrote:
>>> My machine was killed off by the introduction of the 360, i.e. its
>>> The ICT1301 was announced 1959 and my one (the first to leave the
>>> factory) was shipped in 1962.
>>> The IBM 360 was I understand announced in 1965, probably shipped quite
>>> soon after.
>> You have the FIRST computer of a type manufactured and shipped in 1962?
> Yes that's right. The University of London twisted ICT's arm by saying
> if they did not fulfil the order, there would not be any undergraduate
> intake in 1962 and they would make sure everybody knew who was to
> blame. ICT made an extra prototype machine and shipped it. Every few
> weeks a group of engineers would come out and spend a day fitting the
> latest modifications to the prototype to bring it up to date. Students
> were not allowed anywhere near the machine, it was used purely for
> administrative purposes, plus putting examination results into grades
> and printing the pass slips and certificates. On de-commissioning it
> was offered to some engineering students who ran it as a bureaux come
> commune (this was the 1960s) on a what customers could afford basis.
> For instance it handled the membership list of the legalise cannabis
> movement which could not afford much but did not want their data got
> at by the authorities. That generated a few problems with the powers
> that be for the then owners. I bought it from them around 1977.
>> That is a truly major score. That's freaking HISTORIC. Good lord, do
>> you store it in your house?
> It would not fit in my house. It is in a barn that used to be used for
> breeding rabbits (there's a job you'd think was easy) until they were
> wiped out by myxomatosis and the owners went bust.
>> How much power does it use?
> 13kVA three phase. It weighs about five tons and occupies 700 square
Oh, my, that would be.... about $15/hr. here. Ouch. But, again, this
is EPIC collecting. Truly. I'm so impressed, and more than a little
jealous... Wow, a prototype that has been upgraded. Simply mind-boggling.
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