Seeking disruptive tech

Roy Hirst rhirst at
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 
the gameplan?
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> 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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