Reproducing old machines with newer technology (Re: PDP-12 at the RICM)
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Thu Jul 16 08:53:52 CDT 2015
On 07/16/2015 01:12 AM, Dave G4UGM wrote:
> Apparently the School of Medicine, Manchester University, England
> were given a 7090 which they later connected to a PDP-8. A bit of
> googling turned this up :-
Nice article. Many folks fail to appreciate the link between medicine
and the history of computing. In particular, my first encounter with
database technology came from a study of MEDLARS, the system still in
existence today at the NIH. What I found particularly fascinating was
the ability to automatically organize text documents and then subject
them to English-language querying and getting results. (All done on
I'm reminded of this when I look over at my bookshelf and see Gerry
Salton's magnum opus "Automatic Information Organization and Retrieval"
sitting on a shelf. MEDLARS figures prominently in this book. Back
then, it was pretty hot stuff.
Of course, now we have Google...
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