PDP-1 as minicomputer [was RE: OT - sort of]

dwight elvey dkelvey at hotmail.com
Tue Aug 17 17:14:14 CDT 2010


> Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2010 17:54:53 -0400
> Subject: Re: PDP-1 as minicomputer [was RE: OT - sort of]
> From: ethan.dicks at gmail.com
> To: cctalk at classiccmp.org
> On 8/17/10, Chuck Guzis <cclist at sydex.com> wrote:
> > My own personal yardstick is that a "minicomputer" is something that
> > can be run from a single 120V 20A lighting circuit. The PB250
> > qualifies; the 160A does not--and neither does the PDP-1.
> Hmm... I'm not sure the Straight-8 qualifies by that yardstick. 30A
> 120V circuit, no problem. 20A, I'm not as confident.
> > Others may use their own yardsticks.
> Indeed.
> -ethan

 IBM had a series of small computers they called minis that used
water cooling. These where about the size of three standard desk,

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