Front Panel Update

Paul Koning paulkoning at
Tue Jun 9 09:30:37 CDT 2015

> On Jun 9, 2015, at 3:58 AM, Rod Smallwood <rodsmallwood52 at> wrote:
> DEC was very keen on its OEM business and if the order was big enough would allow some variation in colours but would not allow the dec logo to be removed or changed.

I’m not sure if that’s completely true.  I remember a PDP11 (11/45 probably) at the University of Illinois, around 1975.  It was used as a terminal controller for ARPAnet.  The system was called ANTS (not sure what that stands for), and it had a custom logo panel for the top of the H960 racks, in red and yellow, showing large ants crawling all along the cabinets.

Not allowing the logo to be changed would make sense, since that is one of the rules of trademarks: you risk losing a trademark if you don’t use it consistently, for example if you create or allow variations of what was registered.


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