Seeking disruptive tech
rhirst at xkl.com
Wed Dec 10 15:29:40 CST 2014
I just realized I am the same age as the transistor (though it in fact
got smaller as it got older, and I did not).
Does anyone know please of a forum (this one?) with interest in
disruptive technology, i.e. components or processes that quickly changed
Obviously at some tipping point ICs became cheaper and easier than
analog components, in 1945 V2 weapon guidance has mechanical gyros, but
15 years later a Minuteman uses quad nand gate ICs.
Behind DEC's PDP-1, funky light brown paint and all, is presumably some
contemporary innovation in packaging or fab process? I never had a
relationship with a PDP-1, but I could generate similar nostalgia for
the first commercial use of VHDL, for instance.
Any idea where people like me go to live again my idea of the good old days?
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On 12/9/2014 6:04 PM, Ian S. King wrote:
> There are artifacts that are good candidates for 'living' restoration, and
> those that are candidates for 'preservation' as elements of the historical
> record. Thus do archival science, history and museology intersect, with
> somewhat unpredictable results at times. :-)
> On Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 4:30 PM, Al Kossow <aek at bitsavers.org> wrote:
>> On 12/4/14 4:25 PM, Eric Smith wrote:
>> CHM does have *a* PDP-1 prototype
>> Correct. DEC's original prototype in funky light brown cabinet paint.
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