No such thing as "the PDP" [was RE: Typesafety versus Worse is Better - was Re: Fwd: is there any word processing software for the pdp11?]

Lyle Bickley lbickley at
Thu Dec 4 15:44:35 CST 2014

On Thu, 04 Dec 2014 16:34:58 -0500
"Dale H. Cook" <radiotest at> wrote:

> At 1247 AM 12/4/2014, Mark Wickens wrote:
> >I would argue that only the original PDP-1 could rightly be called
> >"the PDP"
> Speaking of that pioneering machine, does anyone know if there are
> any plans by the CHM to try to make the MIT engineering prototype
> operable? I last saw it in use at MIT about 45 years ago, when it was
> housed adjacent to the TX-0 and the two were being used for speech
> synthesis experiments. From what I understand the operable machine on
> display at the CHM is a later C production version.
> Dale H. Cook, GR / HP Collector, Roanoke/Lynchburg, VA

There are no current plans to restore another PDP-1 at the CHM...

Lyle Bickley
PDP-1 Restoration Team, CHM

Bickley Consulting West Inc.

"Black holes are where God is dividing by zero"

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