Vector displays (was Re: CDC 6600 - Why so awesome?)
swiftgriggs at gmail.com
Fri Jun 24 11:22:03 CDT 2016
On Fri, 24 Jun 2016, Paul Koning wrote:
> By contrast, a Tex 401x is a storage tube, which puts it at the other
> extreme: once you draw a character or line, it would stay without any
> further action. You can't erase it; the only erase available is a full
> screen erase.
That reminds me vaguely of RIP at the end of the BBS era. It probably
could do a partial-refresh/erase, but if you watched it "paint" images,
that's how it appeared. I was glad that the Internet-era came along, but
it's sad RIP didn't come along earlier.
I also remember some kind of BBS terminal emulator that I only saw over
someone's shoulder. It was for the Amiga and appeared that it could
transmit/receive sprite-based graphics over the modem connection. I just
remember watching a friend of a friend connect to a BBS overseas and I
they had some kind of welcome screen with a little sprite-based unicorn
running across the screen. I dunno, maybe it was a rigged demo, but it
showed me that "terminal emulation" could be all kinds of awesome stuff.
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